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Welcome to Social housing

A house needs different rooms for different functions; in a similar way, people and organisations working in the social housing sector need different things from their lawyers.

High demand for services coupled with financial constraints on delivery requires clear and proactive advice to enable an organisation to excel.

Expert legal support from start-up to service delivery is all under one roof at Ward Hadaway.

Our Social Housing Group can provide the full range of legal services to Registered Providers for the whole of their business; from advising on the set up and effective operation of the organisation and its people, through the acquisition and build of stock, to the ongoing management of estates.

We believe in providing a truly comprehensive service, delivered with a focus on practicality and clarity of advice.

This clear commitment applies to clients of all sizes, from providers just starting out in the sector to experienced operators with thousands of properties under their control.

Our services include advice on:

For more information on all our services for social housing providers, please click here.

We offer fixed price support packages to help with leasehold management. For more details, please click here.

We also run regular seminars and training sessions on topics of interest for those in the social housing sector. Here is what some attendees said about our Housing Management Law School:

I find Ward Hadaway’s Housing Management Law School absolutely invaluable – so much so this year I’m going to come on my day off.  And it’s my birthday…” – Katy Horrigan, Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association

Relaxed format and open discussions” – Sally Popplewell, Legal Officer, Incommunities

Well explained information on all topics” – Tracy Kitchingman, Property Agent, Your Housing Ltd

It was all very informative and relevant” – Jamie Taylor, Head of Housing Services, Arches Housing

Clear presentations & detailed knowledge of subjects” – David Collins, Performance Leader – Leasehold, Home Group

I found the session very informative, it will support my day to day work… and will be useful” – Susan Collins, Housing Team Leader, Durham County Council

Very interesting and relevant on my day to day housing management issues…. I also find the “news” [session] very interesting and I always learn from the school” – Jennifer Elliott, Neighbourhood Housing Officer, Byker Community Trust

To find out how we can be the key to all your social housing needs, please get in touch.

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What our clients say

  • "We have used Ward Hadaway for housing injunction proceedings/advice and have been very satisfied with the quick response and the service provided."

    Ian Ormondroyd, Litigation Solicitor, Accent Group Limited
  • "John Murray has provided legal advice and strategies for complex major works consultations, arrears cases and lease interpretation. He has also provided bespoke leasehold training which was well received. He is approachable and always responds very quickly to queries. John has in depth knowledge of leasehold, especially within the context of the social housing sector and fully understand the issues we face, his support has been invaluable during a difficult and demanding year."

    Tara Lyon, Customer Service Manager Leasehold, Home Group
  • "What we look for from our legal advisors is a thorough understanding of the sector in which we operate, underpinned with sound legal knowledge and an ability to come up with timely, proactive solutions that really work 'on the ground'. This is exactly what John Murray and his team at Ward Hadaway provide. Their friendly yet professional approach, combined with responsive and focused advice continues to prove a great help to Yorkshire Housing in all our activities."

    Adam Greenwood, Anti-Social Behaviour Manager, Yorkshire Housing
  • "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

Independent verdict

  • "Highly impressive, responsive and client-focused."

    Legal 500
  • "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
  • "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

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