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Social housing providers deliver a vital service for our communities. We have the knowledge and expertise to help your organisation thrive, continuing to deliver first-class provision for your customers.

Our multi-disciplinary team of legal experts work with national and regional Registered Housing Providers utilising our expertise to provide sensible, practical and pragmatic advice.

Focusing on your specific requirements, we support Registered Providers on all aspects of incorporation, raising finance, restructuring, amalgamation, group structures and growth strategies.

Establishing and embedding good corporate governance is vital but can be complex and can seem overwhelming. We can help you plot a firm course to a structure and a standard that works for you and your organisation, enabling you to grow and prosper in a controlled and well managed way.

We act on behalf of funders to the social housing sector. Our breadth and depth of experience seeing the issues and objectives from both sides of the market means we can utilise sector insights to help achieve the best structure, and most cost-effective, deal for you.

Supporting your organisation’s objectives is our goal.  Our experts work across a range of disciplines, including corporate, commercial and property law, consequently you can benefit from our 360-degree view, taking into consideration all perspectives when devising tailored solutions for your organisation.

Our services

  • Bank funding
  • Establishing bespoke companies / vehicles for schemes
  • Infrastructure agreement
  • Investment
  • Joint ventures
  • Social investment bonds
  • Bespoke training for the Board, the Senior Management Team and senior staff
  • Charity, company and community benefit society law advice
  • Company secretarial service
  • Formation, incorporation, restructuring, and constitutional advice for Charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations, Companies Limited by Guarantee and Community Benefit Societies
  • Governance review
  • Induction and training for new board members
  • Intra-group arrangements
  • Managing  the relationship between Chair, the Board and the Senior Management Team
  • Regulatory compliance: Charity Commission, Companies House, FCA, RSH etc.
  • Restructuring and asset transfers
  • Use of trading subsidiaries

Contact a specialist

Colin Hewitt

Senior Partner

+44 (0) 330 137 3402

+44 (0)797 985 8315

Email Colin Hewitt

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What people say

  • John Murray’s experience in the sector is second to none.

    Legal 500
  • The team has excellent knowledge of the sector and the unique issues that we face in social housing. The experience offered by the team ensures a real understanding.

    Legal 500
  • Ward Hadaway provides us with great legal services that are speedy and proactive. We have used the practice for several land and property transactions and planning services. Information is provided in a timely manner in easy to understand formats describing any risks to the organisation.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Full-service firm with expertise in property, employment and housing management. Increasingly relied upon by clients for data protection advice. Noted for the provision of training to housing professionals and in-house lawyers.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Well-known team providing a full social housing service to its registered provider clients. Handles housing management cases, transactional property matters and a wide range of finance issues, among other matters.

    Chambers & Partners
  • They're knowledgeable, confident and confidence-building. They are able to maintain a friendly, tailored, customer-focused service.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • The firm is excellent in understanding our requirements and helping us to achieve the required outcomes.

    Chambers & Partners
  • We have an excellent relationship with John Murray and his team and have always found them committed to our needs as the client. Their knowledge, along with their willingness to provide quick advice when its needed, is invaluable to our work and our ability to make quick decisions.

    Ilyas Lunat, Income Services Manager, Connect Housing

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