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Social Housing — Scotland


Harper Macleod LLP - Social Housing Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Top-drawer social housing practice with significant experience acting for public sector entities, registered social landlords (RSL) and private developers. Noted expertise in mergers and transactions throughout the sector and has particular knowledge of the Scottish Help to Buy scheme and stock transfers. Also regularly advises on regulatory and governance matters.

Strengths One interviewee shares: "They are among the best in Scotland. They are well known in the sector and are one of the few firms doing work on alternative finance relationships."

Sources comment: "They're very good. There are no delays and they're very good at returning calls."

Work highlights Advised the Port of Leith Housing Association on a linked revolving credit facility and private placement finance deal worth £35 million to finance the building of 480 affordable housing units.

Acted for Dunbritton Housing Association on the acquisition of a multi-phase public-private development site.

Significant clients Wheatley Housing Group, Link Group, River Clyde Homes, Scottish Borders Housing Association, GB Social Housing.

Notable practitioners

Derek Hogg comes recommended for his expertise in governance and constitutional advice. He also has strength in portfolio management and transactions. Interviewees say: "He's very knowledgeable, very pragmatic and very good at giving helpful advice beyond the letter of the law."

James McMorrow attracts praise for his wide-ranging advisory practice, including regulatory and public procurement concerns. One interviewee says: "He is one of the leading lawyers in terms of procurement advice in Scotland." He also advises clients on constitutional partnerships between RSLs.

About the Team (content provided by Harper Macleod LLP)

Our Housing team provides specialist advice to housing providers – whether registered social landlords, local authorities or private developers and investors - on every aspect of their business.

As Scotland’s largest law firm with a specialist housing practice, our multi-disciplinary team of lawyers provides the regulatory, governance, commercial and property advice to meet all of our clients' needs.

We have become trusted advisers to some of the UK’s largest housing providers by delivering innovative, practical and commercial solutions. We work with a diverse range of organisations and businesses across the public and private sector, including: Scottish Government; local authorities; registered social landlords; joint venture bodies; private sector developers; and urban and community regeneration vehicles

We act for more than 50 Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) ranging from the largest in the country to smaller community-based organisations. Collectively they own or manage more than 40% of the entire RSL housing stock in Scotland, and cover all areas of the country from Shetland and the Western Isles to Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

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TC Young - Social Housing Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Glasgow, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Acclaimed specialists in social housing with an enviable client list including a considerable number of Scottish registered social landlords. Regularly retained to advise on a diverse range of matters, such as property acquisitions, court actions and high-value bond issues. Also acts on procurements, facility agreements and title audits. Additional strength lies in dispute resolution and governance matters.

Strengths Clients say: "They're very good on governance. They're very experienced in the sector and understand their clients."

One interviewee praises the team for being "very attentive and able to guide us easily through processes."

Work highlights Acted for Govan Housing Association on the acquisition of 75 properties. Many of the properties were acquired from distressed owners and private landlords with issues of outstanding notices of liability and statutory notices.

Acted for Thenue Housing Association on its regeneration and development of east Glasgow and assisted with identifying and acquiring development sites.

Significant clients Castle Rock Edinvar, River Clyde Homes, Home in Scotland, Queens Cross Housing Association, New Gorbals Housing Association.

Notable practitioners

Stephen MacGregor garners praise from commentators for having "a strong understanding of the needs of the client." He is relied upon for his experience in social housing finance and his long-standing reputation in large-scale property transfers.

Mark Ewing is respected for his regulatory and governance practice. He regularly advises RSLs and has particular expertise relating to charity law and legal structures.

Jim Bauld is noted for his long-standing social housing litigation practice. He frequently represents housing associations in eviction and repair cases.

Alison Brynes focuses her practice on property development matters and acquisitions. Clients state: "She is excellent at attention to detail and meeting deadlines."

Andrew Cowan has extensive experience acting for RSLs on litigious matters and dispute resolution. Interviewees say: "He is well versed in the areas of law he works in and he keeps well abreast of changes."

Len Freedman acts as a consultant for social housing providers and advises clients on a variety of issues, including governance and funding matters.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Social Housing Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen

What the team is known for Wide-ranging social housing practice with particular experience advising on matters related to employment, energy and funding structure aspects of this sector. Acts for RSLs, community groups and funding institutions. Also noted for its strength in housing management work.

Work highlights Acted for Link Housing in 27 combined actions for the recovery of the possession of properties and rent arrears and provided advice on addressing homelessness.

Advised Kingdom Housing Association on the incorporation and establishment of its subsidiary, Kingdom Support & Care CIC.

Significant clients Dunedin Canmore Housing, Grampian Housing Association, Wheatley Housing Group, Berwickshire Community Renewables, Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association.

Notable practitioners

Heather Pearson is recognised in the sector for her work in social housing funding and acquisitions. One client notes: "She has a good understanding of the sector and the issues in it."

About the Team (content provided by Addleshaw Goddard LLP)

Please visit the Addleshaw Goddard website to find out more about our work in this area: https://www.addleshawgoddard.com/en/specialisms/finance/social-housing-finance/

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BTO Solicitors LLP - Social Housing Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Glasgow, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Well-regarded affordable housing practice that also represents RSLs. Specialises in acting on employment matters and large-scale voluntary transfers in the social housing sphere. Also offers advice on regulatory and governance issues. Additional experience advising landlords on IT and contractual disputes.

Strengths One impressed interviewee says: "They offer legal advice in every area we are likely to need and that really suits our business."

Another source states: "Their service is absolutely fantastic."

Work highlights Advised Clyde Valley Housing Association on all contracts and conveyancing issues relating to its development programme for the year, which included 13 site acquisitions.

Advised Triodos Bank on a £5 million revolving credit facility agreement, which included no provisions for the revolving loans to be made long-term but required a charging exercise.

Significant clients Argyll Community Housing Association, Partick Housing Association, Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership, Govan Housing Association, Tollcross Housing Association.

Notable practitioners

Patrice Fabien attracts wide recognition for his practice advising RSLs and financial institutions on a range of financial and corporate concerns. He often provides clients with funding and governance advice.

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Shoosmiths LLP - Social Housing Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Respected practice group with a broad social housing offering including sector-specific advice on real estate and development matters. Reputed capabilities handling social housing issues that involve elements of employment law. Also exhibits strength in group structures and regulatory compliance.

Strengths An impressed source reports: "The team is tightly knit and there is clearly a strong exchange of ideas between all the individuals. They are able to provide a customer-friendly service while giving the confidence that issues are being handled in the most effective way."

Another interviewee notes: "They are comprehensive in their range of skills and abilities, and they are forward-thinking and proactive. They're thorough, innovative and client-oriented."

Work highlights Advised the Port of Leith Housing Association in its £6 million acquisition of a development site at S2 Granton, in Edinburgh.

Acted for Kingdom Housing Association in its acquisition and development of a site at Devilla, in Kincardine.

Significant clients Dunedin Canmore Housing, Viewpoint Housing Association, Fairfield Housing Co-Operative, Manor Estates Housing Association, Cairn Housing Association.

Notable practitioners

Janette Speed continues to impress clients for being "highly knowledgeable, approachable and able to solve complex issues." She exhibits particular strength relating to property and development advice.

Karen Harvie has niche expertise in the social housing employment space and also has a notable regulatory practice. Commentators say: "Her strength is her knowledge and she is very responsive."

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Anderson Strathern - Social Housing Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, East Lothian

What the team is known for Advises housing associations and local government entities on both litigation and housing management matters. Notably adept in stock transfers and site acquisition. Provides additional experience in a variety of mandates such as data protection, environment and planning.

Strengths Commentators praise the firm for providing "a great service across a wide range of legal practice areas."

Work highlights Assisted East Lothian Housing Association with the development of a cash-back scheme for its tenants.

Represented Manor Estates Housing in an eviction case against a tenant who was hoarding excessively. Advocacy was performed by the team.

Significant clients Melville Housing Association, Castlehill Housing Association, Castlerock Edinvar Housing Association, Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership, Grampian Housing Association.

Notable practitioners

Shirley Evans is noted for her excellence in social housing litigation. One source notes: "Shirley is an expert in her field and is justly well renowned as such. She is the go-to housing lawyer for a wide range of landlord clients in Scotland."

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Burness Paull - Social Housing Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow

What the team is known for Acts for prominent social housing providers and charities on matters including construction projects, bond placements and development of new legal structures. Also adept at advising on residential developments and social housing acquisitions. Experienced with clientele in both the public and private sectors.

Strengths Commentators report: "They communicate well and meet deadlines when you ask them to. They are all hugely knowledgeable about what they do."

One interviewee comments: "They are very skilled and provide good customer service."

Work highlights Acted for Sanctuary Housing Association on an acquisition of a former hospital valued at £6.5 million and successfully won the bid against a number of national house builders.

Advised Cruden Homes in relation to 105 affordable homes that are part of a 420 new home development in North Berwick. Undertook all aspects of the deal, including the arrangement of discounted housing for sale agreements with the council.

Significant clients Scottish Futures Trust Investment, Wheatley Housing Group, Hillcrest Housing Association, Link Group, Malcolm Allan Housebuilders.

Notable practitioners

Peter Chambers and Stephen Phillips are key contacts.

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Morton Fraser - Social Housing Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active social housing practice group with particular strengths in sector-related financings. Often retained by an enviable client list of prominent banks, as well as RSLs and the Scottish Government.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Meakin continues to focus his practice on representing lenders and other financial institutions in real estate and social housing financing matters.

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Senior Statesperson

TC Young

From the Chambers UK guide

Len Freedman acts as a consultant for social housing providers and advises clients on a variety of issues, including governance and funding matters.

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Band 1

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Patrice Fabien attracts wide recognition for his practice advising RSLs and financial institutions on a range of financial and corporate concerns. He often provides clients with funding and governance advice.

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Band 1

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Derek Hogg comes recommended for his expertise in governance and constitutional advice. He also has strength in portfolio management and transactions. Interviewees say: "He's very knowledgeable, very pragmatic and very good at giving helpful advice beyond the letter of the law."

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Band 1

Stephen MacGregor

TC Young

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen MacGregor garners praise from commentators for having "a strong understanding of the needs of the client." He is relied upon for his experience in social housing finance and his long-standing reputation in large-scale property transfers.

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Band 2

TC Young

From the Chambers UK guide

Alison Brynes focuses her practice on property development matters and acquisitions. Clients state: "She is excellent at attention to detail and meeting deadlines."

Jim Bauld is noted for his long-standing social housing litigation practice. He frequently represents housing associations in eviction and repair cases.

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Band 2

TC Young

From the Chambers UK guide

Alison Brynes focuses her practice on property development matters and acquisitions. Clients state: "She is excellent at attention to detail and meeting deadlines."

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Band 2

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris Dun joined Brodies LLP from Maclay Murray & Spens in Summer 2017. He is a noted specialist in the social housing finance space. He regularly acts for lenders in a range of matters.

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Band 2

TC Young

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Ewing is respected for his regulatory and governance practice. He regularly advises RSLs and has particular expertise relating to charity law and legal structures.

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Band 2

James S W McMorrow

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

James McMorrow attracts praise for his wide-ranging advisory practice, including regulatory and public procurement concerns. One interviewee says: "He is one of the leading lawyers in terms of procurement advice in Scotland." He also advises clients on constitutional partnerships between RSLs.

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Band 2

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Heather Pearson is recognised in the sector for her work in social housing funding and acquisitions. One client notes: "She has a good understanding of the sector and the issues in it."

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Band 2

Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Janette Speed continues to impress clients for being "highly knowledgeable, approachable and able to solve complex issues." She exhibits particular strength relating to property and development advice.

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Band 3

TC Young

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Cowan has extensive experience acting for RSLs on litigious matters and dispute resolution. Interviewees say: "He is well versed in the areas of law he works in and he keeps well abreast of changes."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Karen Harvie has niche expertise in the social housing employment space and also has a notable regulatory practice. Commentators say: "Her strength is her knowledge and she is very responsive."

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Band 3

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Meakin continues to focus his practice on representing lenders and other financial institutions in real estate and social housing financing matters.

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Star Associate

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

Shirley Evans is noted for her excellence in social housing litigation. One source notes: "Shirley is an expert in her field and is justly well renowned as such. She is the go-to housing lawyer for a wide range of landlord clients in Scotland."

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Laura Bloxham of Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP advises RSLs on a range of property and development issues. She gains plaudits for being "outstanding in working out new models of development and funding."

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