Lewis Silkin has long held a leading role advising the social housing sector and advises a range of clients working on significant and high profile housing and regeneration projects. Creating sustainable communities is the goal of a successful regeneration project. Being able to achieve this in a timely manner can be a challenge given the number of stakeholders and parties involved and complex legal issues. Our team members understand the commercial as well as legal issues facing those involved in delivering and financing major projects whether providers of housing, contractors, developers, funders or local authorities.
My role includes working on housing led regeneration schemes e.g. council housing estates, and also large developer led projects providing offices and retail space, education, health, community and leisure facilities, and private residential and affordable homes element e.g. regeneration of inner city 'brownfield' areas. Larger projects would typically involve partnering or joint venture arrangements and tricky procurement issues. Aside from redevelopment, housing led projects often involve wider issues such as resident consultation, decanting and rehousing.
Our clients range from long established charities and the first housing associations set up in the 1960s to newly formed registered providers. We also act for housing co-operatives. My work covers all aspects relating to registered providers advising on governance, corporate structures, regulation, funding, vires, housing management as well as property acquisition and development projects.
Having had several years' experience as a board member of a housing association I know what it is like for board members to be faced with legal advice on complex issues or lengthy agreements and ensure that advice provided by our team is in a form accessible to all.
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