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Stephens Scown LLP

Social Housing

2 ranked lawyersBand 2South WestUK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Acts for prominent rural housing associations and local government bodies on a range of matters, including development, planning and transactional matters. Has a niche focus on community land trusts. Expertise also extends to providing employment and data protection advice to social housing clients. Particularly strong on complex site acquisitions.

Strengths

One client says: "They are very easy to work with and they give practical, pragmatic advice."

"Stephens Scown has retained a personal service element to their work," according to clients, who add: "All staff members are friendly, professional and very approachable and the advice is always pragmatic and to the timescale."

Another source states: "What impresses me most is the speed in which they respond - we never have to chase and they are always quick at getting back. They have very good communication skills and a good personal touch all the way up to senior-partner level."

Work highlights

Acted for Advantage South West in drafting a bespoke Measured Term Contract to be used by all the members of the framework for engaging contractors to carry out housing repairs and maintenance for a fixed term.

Notable practitioners

Hilary Pitts routinely advises housing associations on development projects, plot sales and stock transfers. She also has experience advising clients on financing work.
"Hilary has a tremendous breadth of experience and ability, she has sheer dedication to getting work done, is very responsive and has tremendous communication skills." "She is fantastic."

Keith Wright advises housing associations on transactions such as shared ownership leases and related management work, offering particular strength in the rural housing market.
"His knowledge and experience are his strengths. He has a wealth of knowledge that we can utilise and we can always rely on him to help us." "Keith is pragmatic, he gives good advice and he's not risk-averse."

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South West

Social Housing


Hilary Pitts
Band 2
Keith Wright
Band 3