Our 2017 Housing highlights
2017 was a very busy and exciting year for the housing team at Capsticks, here are some of our highlights:
- The housing team was enhanced by the arrivals of:
- Jonathan Hulley, a nationally renowned housing practitioner (who previously headed the housing management team at Clarke Willmott)
- Simon Strelitz, our new in-house barrister (joined from Clarke Wilmott)
- three new development partners, Chimi Shakohoxha, James Howard and Spencer Vella Sultana (joined from Clarke Wilmott)
- Romano Obertelli, a construction specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the construction sector
- Suzanne Smith, a planning senior solicitor with over 10 years’ public sector experience.
- The housing management team advised on all aspects of housing/leasehold management from the most serious ASB cases to complex succession disputes and undertook leading cases such as Poplar v Begum , defining the calculation of profit for Unlawful Profit Orders following unlawful subletting. A further key area of work has been major tenancy and policy reviews and advice, particularly on flexible tenure and renewal/termination.
- Our development team, led by Chimi Shakohoxha, which comprises of 6 partners and 29 fee earners, advised on forward funded schemes, section 106 developments, stock rationalisations, plot sales and general asset management work. The team has exceptional experience in setting up bespoke joint venture structures that help deliver housing (both for sale and affordable). We have also been working with some of the new REITs that have emerged in the social housing sector over the past 18 months.
- Our corporate and securitisation team is growing. We advise on all kinds of corporate commercial contracts and arrangements for Registered Providers.
- On the commercial / procurement side we provided a significant volume of advice on failing contracts in the past year, both on the IT side and in connection with estates maintenance. We have successfully advised our RP clients on favourable settlement agreements in at least four cases.
- We recently ran the first joint health and housing seminar looking at the implications of the Naylor Review – look out for further 2018 events.
What makes Capsticks unique?
- We are one of the largest firms serving the social housing sector in England and Wales with 12 partners and over 50 other housing practitioners.
- We are the market leader (being the largest health firm in the UK and one of the leading housing firms in the country) and go-to firm on the interface between health and housing, providing expert advice to clients following the publication of the Naylor Review.
- We offer a unique set of services to clients including our dedicated 24/7 free helpline service, our general advice email service (firstname.lastname@example.org), and our advisory service headed by Chris Grose which has advised over 350 Registered Providers on their internal policies and procedures.
For further information on how Capsticks’ housing team can support you, please contact Mike Owen.