Social Housing

Here at Spire Solicitors LLP we are renowned as a leading supplier of social housing legal services in East Anglia. We are a Tier 1 firm for this area of the law in the Legal 500 guide and are quoted as “…enjoying a fine reputation for acquisitions and funding and redevelopment”.

We act for a large number of housing associations both locally and on a national scale, focussing on matters consisting of:

Property & Development

Our Social Housing property team has many years of collective experience in social housing dating back to the 1990s. The team prides itself on its levels of personal service and sector knowledge. We act for many of the leading housing associations in the East Anglian region, who together manage some 40,000 homes, and have experience of acting for and with local authorities.

The team deals with all aspects of non-contentious property for housing associations and local authorities including land acquisitions and sales, RTB/RTA/VRTB, shared equity, shared ownership, open market and auction sales, development agreements, planning agreements, infrastructure agreements, S106 acquisitions and other miscellaneous property matters.

Housing Management

Our Housing Management team provides excellent technical advice in resolving problems and providing solutions. We understand the wider issues facing residents and the impact recent changes in benefit entitlement and access to support services has on a community.

We work with housing providers to reach a pragmatic and cost effective resolution through mediation, discussion, liaison and court where appropriate. The team has provided housing management advice for over 20 years. We have acted for eight Social Housing Providers and a Local Authority giving advice and assistance on a variety of tenancy management issues relating to all types of residential tenancies and also in connection with commercial leases.

Corporate, Financial & Employment

 Our Commercial team has a wealth of experience working with housing associations and other not-for-profit organisations. The team gives focused advice on diverse corporate, commercial financial matters including acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, standard T&Cs, GDPR and data sharing, company secretarial support, general commercial agreements, asset transfers, Board support including corporate governance and regulatory and compliance matters. The team has a dedicated employment specialist who advises on a wide range of people issues.

The team has worked closely with leading housing associations in the East Anglian region, and a partner has undertaken a regular secondment at the head office of a housing association with a turnover in excess of £130m. The team also has significant experience in both group and plc settings.