01 July, 2019
Leading legal firm Forbes Solicitors has boosted the expertise and experience in its Housing and Regeneration (Property) team with a series of key appointments.
The team, led by recently promoted Partner Jennifer Hankinson, has grown by 50% in the last year, with new appointments ranging from Associates, Solicitors and Paralegals to Trainee Paralegals and Admin support staff.
The Housing and Regeneration (Property) team, based in Preston, works with housing providers nationally, providing a wide range of advice and legal services.
Recent contract wins include Together Housing Group, Progress Housing Group, ACIS Group, One Manchester and First Choice Homes Oldham. It is rated Tier 1 for Social Housing by Legal 500 and Tier 2 for Social Housing by Chambers & Partners and Jennifer is a 'recommended lawyer' in the Legal 500.
Jennifer Hankinson said: "The changes in the team have been quite significant over the last 12 months and it is continually growing to meet demand within the sector.
"Our areas of work have grown and we have seen an increase in bulk transaction work in the last couple of years due to increased audits and rationalisation of stock within our client group.
"We are also assisting our Education Sector team on property transactions using our team members' existing knowledge and experience of that sector.
"The withdrawal of the funding cap for local authorities has seen an increase in local authority development transactions for affordable housing and regeneration."
Jennifer has a specialist background in development but is now focussing on both sides of the team (Home Ownership and Development).
She said: "We are working collaboratively with our clients and many have commented that the new approach is proving successful in terms of providing practical advice and service."