Penningtons Manches LLP is instructed by a host of national housing associations in relation to property transactions, litigation, landlord and tenant issues and development joint venture agreements. Headed by Linda Storey, the team has been involved in several affordable housing and shared-ownership developments. In one example, Andrew Casstles advised Southern Housing Group on the acquisition of two development sites and a leaseback transaction, while Storey handled the sharedownership leases and unit sales at the site. Similarly, Peter Massey assisted Sovereign Housing Association with a joint venture agreement with Kier Construction to develop a 280- unit mixed-tenure residential scheme. Senior associate Charlotte D’Avola leads a team that provides ongoing advice to Family Mosaic Housing in relation to charging, release and substitution work. David Masters is instructed by housing associations in connection with Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 obligations. Mark Sellers, who advises registered providers on site acquisitions and development agreements, joined the team.
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Strong team acting for a broad range of social housing providers on matters including acquisitions, sales, procurement and housing management litigation. Recent work includes shared ownership units sales for housing associations.
Offers expertise in the development and procurement of local authority housing. Also counsels on finance issues and stock transfers. Growing practice relating to the development of new home ownership schemes.
Strengths: One interviewee admires the firm for providing ‘a highly comprehensive service,’ adding: ‘The advice they give is articulate and very thorough.’
Clients say: ‘They're very good, they have good communication and a good client overview.’
Social housing team head Linda Storey is described as ‘very approachable and pragmatic’ by market sources. She advises a range of registered providers on home ownership sales, right to buy and property acquisitions.
Andrew Casstles has a commendable property practice which includes advising on site acquisitions and regeneration. He also has notable strength in funding matters. Clients highlight his ‘very clear advice and very comprehensive and commercial contract drafting.’
Catherine Bradshaw of Penningtons Manches LLP is recognised for her expertise in advising registered providers across a range of development and acquisition matters. She is also noted for her handling of infrastructure agreements.
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