We hosted a breakfast roundtable with Insider Midlands magazine that had attendees from a range of organisations addressing housing needs in the Midlands. The discussion explored JVs in more detail.
This year, as well as maintaining all previous rankings, the firm has climbed the rankings for their work in Construction (West Midlands), Charities (London), Court of Protection (London) and Local Government (London). The new rankings reflect the increased recognition for our national expertise across the social business, not for profit and public sectors as well as for private individuals.
Several lawyers also received individual praise in the new rankings. In addition to being listed as “recommended lawyers”, Rankeshwar Batta (Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence), Shivaji Shiva (Charities), Peter Hubbard (Social Housing) and Jonathan Cox (Social Housing) have also been listed in the elite "Leading lawyers" list: The Legal 500 UK 2016's guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide.
Andrew Lancaster (Litigation), Anna Dabek (Employment), James Hall (Private Client), Jas Tamber (Family), Jon Coane (Social Housing Finance), Kirsty MacMillan (Court of Protection), Lisa Whitehouse (Private Client), Matthew Wort (Employment) and Richard Brooks (Construction) were also new additions this year to the Legal 500’s list of recommended lawyers.
Peter Hubbard, senior partner, said: “We are proud of everyone who has achieved and maintained a ranking in this year’s Legal 500. The new rankings and positioning of individual lawyers is testament to our hard work and resilient focus on our specialist sectors. All of our teams are committed to working to extremely high standards for our clients, aligned to improving the lives of individuals, communities and society.”
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Social landlords are seeing a rising number of Equality Act defences to possession proceedings. A recent Court of Appeal decision helps shift the likelihood of such defences succeeding.
On 31 July, the consultation period ended on MHCLG’s proposals for reforming the building safety regulatory system set out in the 'Building a Safer Future' document. We have submitted our response.
For decades now, fewer and fewer services provided by local authorities have been delivered directly by them. However, over the last couple of years, there are signs that this tide is changing.
The Government commissioned an independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in July 2018. The outcome was published in May 2019 which highlighted areas for improvement.
In 2017, the NCVO commissioned a review of the tax reliefs available to charities. The brainchild of this review was published on 17 July 2019 in the form of the Charity Tax Commission report.
In 2014, the Charity Commission released its first guidance for charities on reporting serious incidents. The Commission has recently updated this guidance.
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Our spotlight piece considers the role of a Senior Independent Director and sector best practice. We also explore recent developments in case law, regulatory and data protection updates, and more.
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