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From thought leadership pieces to basic training resources, our lawyers regularly produce leaflets, briefings, newsletters and brochures. Our aim is to help keep our clients ahead of the curve.

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Private Investment in Social Housing – Part 1 – Agreeing The Terms
Facing unprecedented financial pressures in a turbulent market, a number of housing associations are seriously considering innovative partnerships to bring more private institutional investment into the social housing sector.
RPs, Regulatory Requirements and their Property Portfolios
The RSH has made clear that it takes a co-regulatory approach and holds board members and councillors responsible for ensuring that RPs are being managed effectively and meeting regulatory requirements. One such requirement is the need to meet the Rent Standard and (subject to relevant exemptions) all rents must be charged in accordance with the Government’s Policy Statement on Rents for Social Housing 2019.
The dangers of just ‘dropping in’
Planning due diligence is essential when purchasing land with the benefit of planning permission.  Purchasers and lenders alike need to need to ensure that where property is sold with the benefit of planning permission, it has been or is capable of being implemented and is suitable for the proposed use.
Electricity shortage in West London Boroughs is a further blow for housing delivery
The Greater London Authority (GLA) have recently warned about further restrictions on the approval or implementation of planning permission in the London Boroughs of Ealing, Hounslow and Hillingdon.
The ins and outs of Option Agreements
Katie Fung, a Partner in our Real Estate and Project department, takes a closer look at the ins and outs of Option Agreements.
Building Safety Act and the extension to limitation periods
The Government’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy and the recommendations of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety conducted by Dame Hackitt has led to myriad changes in legislation affecting the construction industry.
The levelling up agenda – what’s the future?
The concept of levelling up was first introduced in the Conservative 2019 manifesto.  The original concept was linked to the Conservative Party’s promise to listen to people who had felt left behind by decades of economic growth. 
Martlet Homes v Mulalley: The Court Rules on Cladding
Our latest briefing considers the High Court judgment in Martlet Homes Limited v Mulalley & Co Ltd [2022] EWHC 1813 (TCC).
The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022
The seemingly relentless introduction of new legislation and regulation continues with the Fire Safety (England) Regulations (“FSR”) which come into force in January 2023.
Delivering First Homes
One of the key themes of the Levelling Up White Paper (Published in February 2022) concerns addressing the unmet need for social housing.  The White Paper acknowledges that the lack of supply of social housing is leaving people paying higher rents in the private market unable to save for their own homes.
Will 2030 be the year that Britain is levelled up?
On 2 February 2022 the Government published its long anticipated Levelling Up White Paper which sets out the Government’s ambition to transform towns and cities across the country.
Heat and Buildings Strategy 2021: Do the Government’s plans go far enough?
The eagerly anticipated Heat and Buildings Strategy 2021 has now, finally, been published (on 19 October 2021).