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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.

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 use Ward Hadaway for their understanding of the sector in which we work, plus the links to specialist legal advice across a wide range of areas. Their understanding of our business makes dealings straightforward and cost-effective."

    Claire McGonigle, Chief Executive, Action Housing and Support
  • "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
  • “I have worked with John Murray for many years on behalf of a number of Registered Providers throughout the Yorkshire and Lancashire area and the legal services that he provides are first class. His knowledge and expertise combined with the support and guidance he gives to staff ensures that we always take appropriate action. This sends out a strong message to the community that Anti-Social Behaviour will not be tolerated”.

    Darren Burton, ASB & Interventions Manager, Pennine Housing 2000 Ltd (part of Together Housing)
  • "As a locally based organisation which is committed to providing an excellent service to our customers, it is vital that the partners we engage and work alongside share those values and understand our ethos. This is why Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association have engaged Ward Hadaway to provide advice and support in a number of our key business areas. The service we have received from the Ward Hadaway team has been consistently excellent throughout and we look forward to continuing the relationship into the future."

    Sarah Knight, Housing Services Manager, Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association
  • "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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