Provided by Harper Macleod LLP
Our Housing team provides specialist advice to housing providers – whether Registered Social Landlords (RSLs), local authorities or private developers and investors - on every aspect of their organisation.
As Scotland’s largest law firm with a specialist housing practice, our multi-disciplinary team of lawyers provides the regulatory, governance, commercial and property advice to meet all of our clients' needs.
We have become trusted advisers to some of the UK’s largest housing providers by delivering innovative, practical and commercial solutions. We work with a diverse range of organisations and businesses across the public and private sector, including: Scottish Government; local authorities; RSLs; joint venture bodies; private sector developers; and urban and community regeneration vehicles
We act for more than 50 RSLs, ranging from the largest in the country to smaller community-based organisations. Collectively, they own or manage more than 40% of the entire RSL housing stock in Scotland, and cover all areas of the country from Shetland and the Western Isles to Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
Top-drawer social housing practice with significant experience acting for public sector entities, registered social landlords (RSLs) and private developers. Has noted expertise in mergers and transactions throughout the sector and particular knowledge of the Scottish Help to Buy scheme and stock transfers. Also regularly advises on regulatory and governance matters, and offers expertise in private placement finance deals.
One client says: "They are first class in knowledge and experience and I don't think there's any firms, if a few, who could match them in terms of their capability; they are outstanding."
Interviewees note: "Harper Macleod are one of the leading law firms in Scotland. They are highly experienced, with specialist knowledge which can be called upon to deliver pragmatic solutions, and they fully understand the sector and the challenges faced by social landlords."
Another source comments: "The broad range of expertise and the size of the firm means you have confidence in the support you receive."
Advised Link Group on its plans to acquire up to 200 properties in Edinburgh and the surrounding area to satisfy its obligation to provide housing under the PSL scheme.
Derek Hogg receives high praise for his impressive experience in the social housing market. He advises RSLs, local authorities and other public bodies on a range of governance, regulatory and constitutional issues.
"Derek Hogg is a real authority on the sector; he has really great experience and knowledge and is really good at guiding through complex issues. He has really sound judgement and great people skills." "He is very approachable, responsive and an expert in governance of registered social landlords."
James McMorrow is highly experienced in handling regulatory matters, in addition to advising RSLs on constitutional partnerships.
"He is able to communicate well, providing clarity and support on complex matters." "James is very good and very experienced."
Kelly Fraser regularly advises RSL clients on a wide range of regulatory and corporate governance matters.
"She is an expert in procurement and we are impressed with her knowledge, abilities and experience." "Kelly is approachable and helpful."