About Birketts

Birketts is a full service, top 100 law firm in the UK. With a dedicated social housing team, they have worked with a vast range of clientele including national and regional registered providers, local authorities, private housebuilders, and funders on a wide range of issues affecting the sector. Birkett’s understand social housing is an ever-changing environment, subject to frequent changes driven by Government demands, new legislation and the economy

With a breadth of expertise, the team provides a fully comprehensive service that can work with housing providers across;

  • Development
  • Stock transfer and rationalisation
  • Planning and s.106 Agreements
  • Construction
  • Projects (PFI, PPP and Key Worker Schemes)
  • Housing management litigation
  • Regulation
  • Homelessness legislation
  • Employment
  • Plot sales, including Right to Buy/Acquire and Shared Ownership Schemes
  • Funding and related drawdown work
  • Corporate structures
  • Charity law
  • Commercial agreements, data protection and freedom of information.

They have particular strengths in development (including stock transfer) and its related discipline sectors: construction, planning and projects. Allied to this, they can call on their well-established plot sales function to support RP development teams – this is particularly important as the range of home ownership products increases and for those RPs who employ private sales to cross-subsidise schemes. They have a wealth of experience in housing management issues, particularly in relation to nuisance and anti-social behaviour. In addition, they have skilled advisers covering your core business needs such as employment law and funding.

Our work in partnership

Birkett’s are partnered with HQN’s main network and regularly run a series of topical legal webinars and events that your team can benefit from. Birkett’s also produce a variety of communications for HQN’s news streams, to cover case studies of the latest issues affecting their clients.

Jonathan Hulley, Birkett’s Social Housing Partner, is an acknowledged expert in the field of housing and leasehold management law and is also known for advising social housing providers on best practice, policy and procedure, including the consumer standards set by the social housing regulator which Housing Associations have to meet. Jonathan is supported by a wider team

To get in touch please contact +44 (0) 1473 921779 for support.