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Social Housing Case Bulletin

Welcome to the September issue of our case law update Our social housing team are delighted to share recent cases from the higher jurisdiction courts in England and Wales that are relevant to the social housing sector. We trust that this update will be helpful and we welcome any queries or...

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Social Housing Newsletter

Summer 2021 Welcome to the Summer edition of our Social Housing newsletter! As usual, in this edition we have several topical issues which we hope you will find useful. We take a look at a recent litigation win by our Housing Management team, what developers will need to do to...

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Building back greener?

Post Brexit, the UK government is replacing EU environmental law with home-grown environmental law. Biodiversity is increasingly coming under the spotlight in this context. COVID-19 has shown us all how just how important green infrastructure is. However, since the 1970s 41% of all UK species have declined and 15% of...

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In the spotlight: Rebecca Harries-Williams

In this edition of In the Spotlight, we get to know Rebecca Harries-Williams. Name: Rebecca Harries-Williams Job title: Senior Associate Area of expertise: Contentious construction Has worked at Clarke Willmott since: September 2020 What kind of things can you help clients with? I help clients at all stages of construction...

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Successful defence of nuisance claim for social housing landlord

Clarke Willmott’s Housing Management team acted for a social landlord in a case brought by a tenant involving an alleged infestation of a property. The claim was brought Under S82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on the basis that there was a statutory nuisance at the property – mice...

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Restrictive covenants – lessons learnt from Alexander Devine Children’s Trust v Housing Solutions Ltd [2020] UKSC 45

Restrictive covenants often dictate the use of land and can range from restricting the size and type of the development to, at worst, preventing it entirely. Section 84 of the Law of Property Act 1925 (“LPA 1925) gives the Upper Tribunal the discretion to modify or discharge restrictive covenants, if...

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Modular builds in social housing

It is great to see more and more modular builds across the social housing sector. It feels that, rather than dipping its toe in the water, the sector has now positively embraced innovative methods of construction. However, are we running before we can walk? As construction lawyers, we draft a...

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Fire safety measures: the law

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to virtually every structure, with the exception of private homes. The law states that anybody who has responsibility over a building must take reasonable efforts to decrease the risk of fire and ensure that people may evacuate in the event of a...

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The role of ‘Accountable Person’ under the new Building Safety Act

The new Building Safety Bill, published in July 2020, (along with other building safety measures e.g. Fire Safety Bill) comes in the wake of Dame Judith Hackitt’s high profile Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety following the Grenfell tragedy. The Hackitt Review set out a number of recommendations...

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Clarke Willmott acts for Melin Homes in another multi-million pound deal

We are delighted to have acted for housing association Melin Homes to secure a £150m funding package. The financing from Macquarie Asset Management will support the delivery of 1,000 more affordable homes in South East Wales by 2025 and represents the first social housing investment made by the Macquarie Group...

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