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Devonshires LLP

Social Housing

6 ranked lawyersBand 1London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Esteemed practice with a leading presence and longstanding experience in social housing issues. Acts for more than 200 registered providers, as well as local authorities, developers and funders, on an array of matters including housing management and governance. Provides wide-ranging expertise in the field, spanning fraud, regulatory issues, procurement and development projects. Offers further experience in finance matters.


One source comments: "Devonshires’ housing management team is the best in the sector."

A client states: "It is a fantastic firm and a fantastic set of lawyers. The service they provide is excellent."

Another interviewee adds: "The team is certainly my go-to for complex legal problems. The lawyers handle cases very well, are responsive, always hit their deadlines and always keep us informed."

Work highlights

Acted for Jewish Community Housing Association in a claim for an injunction against a former tenant for nuisance and antisocial behaviour following their eviction.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Cowan is highly adept in advising major registered providers on noteworthy social housing transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. He is also skilled in advising on governance matters.
"Andrew Cowan is absolutely brilliant; he is very clear and straightforward in his advice." "He's extremely diplomatic and collaborative, and he knows our sector inside out from a legal regulatory perspective."

Donna McCarthy offers notable experience as a housing litigation specialist, representing registered providers in possession proceedings, injunction claims and disrepair claims.
"She makes herself available for her clients and always goes the extra mile for them. She is very good at explaining complex legal issues in a way that the client understands and in a way that is relevant to the practical realities of their business."

Jonathan Corris advises on a broad range of development projects and joint venture agreements for both registered providers and private developers.

Jonathan Jarvis is recognised for his practice advising clients on a wide range of services in the housing sector including joint ventures, mergers and regeneration projects.
"His advice is pragmatic and he helps distil complex matters into understandable road maps to guide his client through what can be a challenging regulatory environment."

Neil Toner acts for housing associations, developers and local authorities on property acquisitions and disposals as well as advising on development projects.
"He is a clear, concise communicator."

Nick Billingham is a renowned litigator, often instructed to represent clients in housing management litigation. He is also adept at advising registered providers on regulatory matters, particularly cases involving breach of consumer standards regulations.
"He is always able to get the message across to the client in a non-complex way."

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Social Housing – Decades of experience, built-in

The story of Devonshires began in 1840 when we first opened our doors and began dispensing legal advice, quickly establishing a reputation for cutting edge expertise combined with down to earth approachability. By the early 1970’s we were specialising in the housing sector, developing an expertise in social housing which today forms a vital core of our business. This lengthy track record has led to a level of expertise and depth of knowledge which means we can work with a range of Registered Providers (RPs), safe in the knowledge that, whilst every provider is different, each has to work within the existing statutory framework, a framework which we, in our work for the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH), have played a key part in developing. Our longevity indicates to clients just how experienced and dedicated we are when it comes to working within this sector.

Our excellent working relationship with the Regulator of Social Housing, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the National Housing Federation, Charity Commission, Financial Conduct Authority and the Care Quality Commission, means that we are ever alert to the very latest developments in the field, and we combine this knowledge with a determination to work hand in hand with our clients.

Find out more about our expertise on our website.


Billingham, Nick

Cocklin, Matthew

Corris, Jonathan

Corris, Jonathan

Cowan, Andrew

Foxcroft, Mark

Jarvis, Jonathan

Jarvis, Jonathan

Kelliher, Kris

Langford, Hannah

Lawlor, Neil

London, Mark

Lyons, James

Maguire, Katie

Maicha, Triya

McCarthy, Donna

Mostowfi, Caroline

Mullen, Michelle

Patel, Asif

Russell, Lee

Sarwar, Aruna

Thompson, Kirsty

Toner, Neil

Yasdi, Elad

Social Housing

Devonshires LLP


30 Finsbury Circus


Greater London



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Social Housing

Andrew Cowan
Band 1
Donna McCarthy
Band 4
Jonathan Corris
Up and Coming
Jonathan Jarvis
Band 4
Nick Billingham
Band 2