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.
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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.
There has been an unprecedented surge in the number of housing claims where it is alleged the property is in disrepair, resulting in extensive financial exposure to private landlords, local authorities and insurers. DWF's intelligence suggests that these types of claims are presented by a handful of solicitors and claims management companies. Denise Brosnan, Hannah Turner and Samuel Dawber take a look at the potential reasons for the rise and how local authorities can deal with this increase and help combat claims farming practices.
In this we take a short look at some of the nuances that lie within MMC.
The launch of the HSE's #DustBuster campaign and a recent prosecution involving asbestos at a primary school has seen asbestos become a hot topic for organisations and regulators.
At DWF we have been working with our clients for over 12 months to advice on the wider implications of blockchain across our global network. As well as our current clients we have also had the opportunity to present on blockchain to businesses in our key sectors of central & local government; energy & industrials; financial services; real estate; retail, food & hospitality; technology; and transport.
On Thursday 23 August, the UK Government published 25 technical guidance notes on what a "No Deal Brexit" on 29 March 2019 would mean in practice, covering a range of issues including imports, medicines, workplace rights, financial services and the future of EU funded programmes.