Social Housing

Helping you to achieve
your ambitions and make
the right connections

Opening Quote MarkFinding pragmatic solutions to complex legal problems really motivates me and I enjoy working in partnership with my clients to achieve their strategic goals and growth aspirations. Closing Quote Mark

Rachel Gwynne

Legal Director

Shakespeare Martineau

Introducing our people

Challenges facing the market

There is a consensus that the country urgently needs more affordable and social homes.

Research by the National Housing Federation and Heriot-Watt University has identified a need for 340,000 new homes each year to 2031, of which 145,000 ‘must be affordable homes.’ To secure the finance needed to address this shortfall in supply, improving efficiency and cash-flow management must be the place to start.

To compete for opportunities, drive efficiencies and deliver on plans working together is key.

All delivery partners – from housing associations and social care providers to local authorities and private developers – need to become better collaborators. Experience of working collaboratively is an advantage, as is working with advisers who understand the expectations of each partner.

At a time of industry change, it is increasingly important to demonstrate good governance.

As well as being a sign of strong leadership, good governance sends a reassuring message to prospective lenders and delivery partners. Staying up to date with the latest standards and reporting requirements is an important part of running a successful and profitable business.

Brexit:
are social housing providers
underestimating its impact?

While Brexit is dominating political life, our survey of businesses nationwide reveals a comparatively nonchalant attitude towards Brexit by the social housing sector, with scarce preparation and a sense that the low impact felt so far will prevail.

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Our thoughts

All the latest views and insights
on current matters within Social Housing.

How will the Tenant Fees Act 2019 affect the rental market?

3 Apr

Real Estate & Planning

How will the Tenant Fees Act 2019 affect the rental market?

Gary Ekpenyoung, our partner in the social housing team, explains what the Act will […]

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Could the new Freehold Properties Bill be the answer to ‘Fleeceholding’?

14 Mar

Real Estate & Planning

Could the new Freehold Properties Bill be the answer to ‘Fleeceholding’?

Estate maintenance fees would be capped by the Bill, as well as ensuring shared […]

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Case study

Longbridge Retirement Village

We are appointed as advisors on the £48 million
later living housing scheme in Birmingham.
It’s the largest project of its kind in the UK.

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about what we can do for you.