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Devonshires act for L&Q on the issue of Sustainability-Linked Bonds
We are delighted to have acted for L&Q on the issue of their Sustainability-Linked Bonds.
Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016: Date of implementation announced
Earlier this week, it was announced that implementation of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 is set to take place on 15 July 2022.
Devonshires act for L&Q in 1,500-home stock transfer
We are delighted to have acted for L&Q in selling circa 1,500 homes to resident-led Phoenix Community Housing through a tenanted stock transfer.
Boosting Supply of Supported Housing and Integration of Housing, Health and Care
On 1 December 2021 the Government published its Social Care White Paper in which a 10-year vision to address adult social care reform was set out.  As the name suggests, the “People at the Heart of Care” paper has a person-centred theme and sets out a range of policies to implement over the next 3 years.
A Christmas message from Devonshires
As yet another unique year draws to a close, we have made the difficult decision not to celebrate in the usual way at our annual Client Christmas Party.
​Devonshires act for Sage on £106m stock purchase deal with Optivo
We are absolutely delighted to act for Sage on their stock purchase deal with Optivo.
Welsh Government: Co-operation Agreement, 2021
On Saturday 27 November 2021, during a virtual annual conference, Plaid Cymru approved the Co-operative Agreement between the party and Welsh Government.
Update to Practice Direction 55C – Possession Claims
Paragraph 1.1 of Practice Direction (PD) 55C confirms that the temporary modifications of PD 55C will end on 30 November 2021.
Housing Ombudsman’s latest Insight Report & Spotlight on Damp and Mould Report
On 23 November 2021 the Housing Ombudsman published its latest Insight report covering the period July to September 2021. The report shows an 83% increase in the volume of enquiries and complaints received compared to the same quarter in 2020.
Devonshires strengthens Corporate and Governance team with new Partner hire
Housing specialist Matthew Waters has joined our Corporate & Governance team.
Mandatory vaccinations for frontline health and care staff
On 9th September 2021 the Department for Health and Social Care launched a consultation, the results of which were published on 9th November 2021. The Government has decided that they will be introducing regulations to only allow providers of CQC-regulated activities to deploy individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to roles where they interact with patients and service users, unless exempt.
New Public Procurement Thresholds
Earlier this month the Government laid the Public Procurement (Agreement on Government Procurement) (Thresholds) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/1221) (“Regulations”) before Parliament. The Regulations will come into force on 1 January 2022 and will only apply to procurements commenced after that date.