LAW firm Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) helped housing providers deliver 48 housing projects worth almost £2 billion last year.
All told, these projects are delivering the construction of 19,603 homes, that will provide homes for more than 45,000 people, according to the law firm’s latest review of its social impact.
What’s more, it also helped to protect 12,900 families who were living in homes with insufficient fire compartmentation.
The national law firm, which operates from offices in Birmingham and Manchester, commissioned social, economic and environmental value consultants the Connectives to evaluate its 2018/19 legal work, with the findings published in a Social Impact Report.
The report spotlights ACS’ role in closing 48 funding projects for housing associations between 2018/19 with a total value of £1.96bn. Furthermore, seven asset transfers between housing associations were also completed by ACS, totalling over £95 million.
One of its highlight projects completed by the firm’s housing practice in 2019 was helping to facilitate the £160 million joint venture between Trafford Housing Trust (THT) and London and Quadrant (L&Q).
The joint venture has already resulted in THT and L&Q starting on site to create 700 new homes and was the pre-cursor to an eventual merger in 2019.
A key part of the firm’s social impact has been its work on fire safety within the social housing sector.
The firm has advised social housing providers on dealing with over 12,900 defective glass-reinforced (GRP) composite flat entrance doors, successfully applying a ‘work-now-argue-later’ arrangement on certain contracts.
This approach sees the original contractor deliver the door replacement programme, with liability to be determined upon completion – ensuring resident safety is put first.
“This year’s Social Impact Report has many compelling stories describing the positive effect our team has had on people’s lives and their communities across the UK,” said Peter Hubbard, senior partner at ACS. “As a national law firm, we have a wider influence in society both in the work we complete for our clients and in how we operate as a business.
“The social housing sector forms a key part of the firm’s legal work, with many client organisations sharing similar social purpose values. Together, we have been able to work on a range of projects, supporting the creation of new homes and improving resident safety.
“When so many people are looking for a wider purpose to their working lives, ACS shows in its Report how the efforts of each team member are contributing to society and improving the lives of people we work with.”
ACS’ Social Impact Report is available to read here.