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Social Housing Newsletter

Summer 2022

Welcome to the latest edition of our social housing newsletter!

We are gearing up for a busy Autumn, including the return of CW Housing Week in October. Please keep an eye out for an invitation and full agenda early September. In the meantime, if there are any topics you would like to see, use the email address below to let us know.

We are delighted to welcome Matthew Wilson back to our Housing Management team from September. Matthew spent some of his earlier career at Clarke Willmott and we are very pleased to have him return as a Partner. Whilst his specialism is disrepair, he is fully equipped to support you with all housing management matters having represented social housing clients for many years.

We hope you find our selection of articles useful. Please get in touch if you have any questions.


Please contact if you would like to attend any of our upcoming events.

  • CW Housing Week – W/C 10 October 2022 – Our week of social housing webinars is back, giving you a range of topical issues to find out about. There will be something for everyone. More information to follow in early September.

In this edition

  • The Renters Reform Bill and the loss of Section 21 notices
    It is the intention that the Renters Reform Bill will abolish Section 21 notices, while strengthening landlords’ legitimate grounds for taking back their property.
  • The Charities Act 2022
    This new legislation updates the Charities Act 2011 and introduces significant changes in charity law. In the social housing sector, these changes will impact any organisation which has been established as a registered charity.
  • Introducing the Procurement Bill 2022
    On 12 May 2022 the Procurement Bill 2022 (the “Bill”) went to the House of Lords to commence its passage through the legislative process. It is anticipated that the eventual Public Procurement Act will be enacted in or around March 2023.
  • The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill 2022
    The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill (LURB), published on 11 May 2022, contains a number of interesting proposals for the development industry and some potentially significant changes to the planning system.

Recent news


Your key contacts

Lindsay Felstead


Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Southampton and Taunton
Lindsay is Head of our Housing Management team and jointly leads our Social Housing sector team. Lindsay was called to the Bar in 2000 and subsequently admitted as a Solicitor in 2005.
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Vicky Kells

Partner/Head of Cardiff Office

Vicky is head of our Cardiff office and jointly leads our Social Housing sector team and specialises in charging affordable housing portfolios.
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Social housing

New housing management partner for Clarke Willmott

Neelam Sharma joins the firm’s Birmingham office and will be supporting Head of Housing Management and Co-Head of Social Housing, Lindsay Felstead, in her work with regional and national Housing Providers.
Read more on New housing management partner for Clarke Willmott
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Ban on leasehold houses

As anticipated, the proposed ban on leasehold houses was a late addition to the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill (‘the Bill’).
Read more on Ban on leasehold houses
Social housing

Case law update – Courts pivot to mandatory dispute resolution

On 29 November 2023, the Court of Appeal handed down judgement in the matter of Churchill v Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council  [2023] EWCA Civ 1416 confirming that the court can stay claims and compel parties to engage in alternative dispute resolution.
Read more on Case law update – Courts pivot to mandatory dispute resolution

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