These are challenging times in the social housing sector. Issues such as funding and meeting the rising demand for affordable housing are high on the political agenda.
Against this backdrop, clients need legal advisers with a passion to deliver solutions. Legal advisers with a 'can-do' approach and a reputation for creativity. Actively involved in all aspects of the sector, this is exactly what Wragge & Co's dedicated Social Housing team provides.
The team's experts include partner Andrew Galla and director Jacqueline Knox, who are part of the firm's 200-lawyer strong Real Estate group and experienced advisers to a range of affordable housing providers. The Social Housing team's diverse client base of housing associations, local authorities, charities, arms-length management organisations and residential developers enables the team to listen and respond to what's really happening on the ground.
Its strong track record in the sector is why the team is Sanctuary Housing Association's sole, full-service legal adviser - providing trusted advice on issues including property development, financing and governance. Highlights include advising Sanctuary on a £300 million secured bonds issue, which contributes to the organisation's £750 million national development programme. It's a programme that will deliver more than 5,000 new affordable homes across England and Scotland over the next four years.
In addition to property sales, purchases, development/regeneration and joint ventures, the team's specialisms also include planning, contentious and non-contentious construction, banking and finance, corporate/governance, EU procurement, health & safety, employment and pensions, housing management and dispute resolution. It also benefits from working closely with the firm's specialist residential development practice.
The team recognises that some social housing providers are also multi-million pound businesses operating within a changing regulatory framework. It therefore understands the difference between those organisations which operate in the housing sector for profit and those whose main drive is to provide quality affordable housing.
This in-depth sector knowledge means the team can be found advising one of the UK's largest housing groups on a complex inquest regarding serious injury to a resident one day, and acting for a high-end residential developer on a multi-million pound acquisition of affordable housing apartments the next.