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Social Housing

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What the team is known for

Esteemed department providing property, governance, employment and housing management services to an enviable list of national registered providers. Offers additional strengths in leasehold, development and procurement matters.

Strengths

One impressed source comments: "They are fantastic: practical, efficient and really good customer service."

Work highlights

Represented a housing association in obtaining an interim possession order against persons unknown who were squatting at a site scheduled for development.

Notable practitioners

Lachlan McLean continues to attract praise for his handling of disputes in the social housing field, including those relating to possession orders and rent arrears.
"He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and is helpful in providing clear and accurate advice."

Sarah Rogers focuses her practice on housing management matters, including possession orders for anti-social behaviour and tenancy breaches.
"She is very professional, knowledgeable and supportive."

Stuart Penswick leads the housing litigation team, advising on matters such as possession claims, rent reviews and issues of anti-social behaviour. He is also a key point of contact for registered providers seeking training and policy review counsel.

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Overview

Forbes is independently recognised as market-leading lawyers to the housing sector. Acting for over 100 registered providers our clients range from individual housing associations to groups with over 70,000 properties with an often complex range of legal requirements.

Our specialism, partnership approach, "one-stop-shop" service, size of our team, quality of our lawyers and value for money approach is what differentiates us from our competitors.

The housing group comprises four main areas of expertise:

  • Development, regeneration and home ownership
  • Housing management and tenancy enforcement
  • Corporate, governance and procurement
  • Employment and HR

Our team is one of the largest in the country. The department presents a comprehensive range of disciplines, designed to meet the full spectrum of RP client needs.

We understand the housing sector and current issues facing registered providers and ALMOs which include the growing need for good quality affordable housing in safe communities against a backdrop of reduced funding, regulatory changes, welfare reform and the requirement for value for money.

We offer a cradle to grave service and boast for example a talented group of advocates which enable cases to be dealt with seamlessly within the team meaning that our clients do not need to outsource. The unique set of specialisms and the depth of our experience enables our clients to adopt an immediate confidence in us.


Members

Hankinson, Jennifer (Head of Department)

Penswick, Stuart (Head of Department)

Baxter, Lyndsay

Cieplak, Laura

Faragher, Shirley

Gorrell, Sam

Hanson, Lara

Holden, Jonathan

Hunkins, Justine

Ibrahim, Zayna

James, Francesca

Jordan, Emily

Kennedy, Catherine

Mahmood, Aleem

McLean, Lachlan

Milnes, Daniel

Paliga, Bethany

Patel, Sabina

Robinson, Samantha

Rogers, Sarah

Rogers, Sarah

Rule-Mullen, Ruth

Smith, Claire

Stirton, Amy

Varley, Kirsty

Industries

Housing

Social Housing Department

Forbes

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Rutherford House, 4 Wellington St (St Johns)

Blackburn

Lancashire

UK

BB1 8DD

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Social Housing


Lachlan McLean
Band 3
Sarah Rogers
Associates to watch
Stuart Penswick
Band 3