The obstacles to the Housing sector in achieving the Government's challenge to deliver one million new homes by 2021 and the so-called 'housing crisis' are extensive and well-documented. At DWF we have a team of proactive, enthusiastic and committed Housing specialists waiting with solutions to this challenge at its heart.
"They understand us as a business."– Chambers and Partners UK 2016 - Real Estate Northwest
Our specialist Housing team is uniquely placed to address all your legal challenges. With over 50 multi-disciplinary lawyers, based across the UK, we have a particularly strong track record in transactional work and pride ourselves on our ability to get the deal done with the minimum of fuss or posturing, saving our clients time and money in the process.
DWF is an innovative law firm and the Housing Group are no different. We are constantly looking to innovate in the delivery of our service, whether looking at procurement routes at the outset of a transaction or ways to speed up unit sales at the end of a development deal, because we understand the importance of cash flow.
We are involved in all things Housing so are able to give our clients the benefit of unrivalled experience and an approach which transfers quickly from one area into another.
We act for various regional and national registered providers of affordable housing and their regulator, the Homes and Communities Agency (soon to be renamed Homes England) and the Government's key delivery agency.
We act for various joint ventures and developers engaged in the private rented sector, a growing area of the market linked to demographic changes and an evolving perception of the benefits of home ownership vs renting.
Now a growth asset class in its own right, we act for new entrants, established players and institutions on some of the most innovative deals in the market.
As targets are imposed on local authorities to deliver housing, we have a great track record in guiding authorities through complicated procurement processes, state aid pitfalls and their powers. We are advising on a number of housing and development delivery vehicles and act for one of the most well established examples in the country.
We act for various developers and house builders looking to secure Options over land while they secure beneficial planning permissions.
In this session we will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on housing conditions claims.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has required some lateral thinking and application of common sense to the approach to planning rules, such as temporary rights to changes of use for pubs and restaurants, relaxations in delivery times and changes to the Planning Inspectorate's approach to appeals. Advice has also been issued for local authorities in respect of decision-making where meetings cannot proceed in person.
Melanie Williams, head of the real estate sector at global legal business, DWF, comments on the latest IHS MARKIT / CIPS UK Construction PMI figures for June.