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Stephensons has extensive experience in acting for registered social landlords and housing associations, providing an efficient service without compromising on quality. We act for housing associations nationally, including some of the North West’s leading housing associations, which has provided us with an in depth understanding of the issues and circumstances facing these organisations.

Our experience in the area allows us to adapt and advise on exceptional cases generally bringing them to a conclusion with a positive outcome for our clients. Stephensons is able to provide housing associations with a cost effective solution to the legal issues faced by registered social landlords and housing associations. 

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Why choose Stephensons?

Stephensons Solicitors LLP is a full service law firm. Our commercial team seeks to find solutions that meet the demands of the external environment in which businesses are operating. More recently, this has meant that our range of fixed price services has extended further to allow clients more control over cost in a difficult economic landscape. In addition to this, we listen to our clients and respond with products that help them overcome the challenges they are facing.

Increasingly our housing association clients appoint us for multiple service areas as we have specialist teams in every commercial area of law and are able to assist them accordingly.

"The housing and regeneration team at Stephensons Solicitors LLP acts for housing associations on a range of matters and has developed a niche practice assisting supporting living sector clients. David Baybut heads the practice, which includes the ‘excellent’ Kate Bullen, who leads on property and development matters; Louise Hebborn, who leads on housing management matters and is experienced in injunction proceedings and boundary disputes for registered providers; the ‘knowledgeable’ Philip Richardson, who is noted for employment matters; and recently promoted partner Chris Graves." - Legal 500, 2017

We can assist housing associations in the following areas: 

Property and finance  

Areas of work the team carries out on a regular basis includes, property acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant, finance and refinance including grants, portfolio management, corporate support and restructuring work, construction and development, planning, site assembly and both residential and commercial development work including shared ownership and shared equity dispositions, and staircasing.

Dispute resolution

We can assist this sector with, commercial disputes, alternative dispute resolution, construction and adjudication, property litigation (commercial and residential) fraud recovery, insolvency litigation, defamation, injunctions and emergency protective measures, asset tracing and recovery, professional negligence, intellectual property protection and disputes that arise between business owners. 

Housing management 

We are experienced in delivering housing management services including disrepairs, anti-social behaviours, nominations, management agreements, support services, tenancy advice, tenancy enforcement (including debt recovery), possession proceedings, homelessness and asset managements for this sector.

Human resources

This team provides advice to employers and senior staff in relation to HR law and practise. We provide advisory services and insurance for clients, as well as tribunal representation. Our team of six advisers and lawyers act for housing associations. SME clients, insurers, local authorities, trade bodies and member associations. We provide niche insurance solutions to our clients and operate entirely on a fixed fee structure for all services.

Debt collection

This team operates an IT driven debt collection system that provides our clients with a sophisticated and effective debt collection service. All of this work is provided to clients at fixed fees. For all organisations cash flow is key and out housing association clients are no different.

Regulatory discipline

This team provides advice to businesses across a number of sectors. We represent companies and individuals in criminal proceedings (Magistrates and Crown Courts) and also those facing investigation and prosecution by regulatory authorities, for example, the Traffic Commissioner, Environment Agency, Food Standards Agency, HMRC and Vehicle Operator Services Agency. This team carries out intervention work for the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and prosecutes cases for local authority clients.


Our commercial advice and deals specialists can assist registered providers with: licencing, joint venture agreements, intellectual property, terms and conditions, agency, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, information technology and e-commerce and data protection.

Supported living

Our work in the supported living / sheltered housing sector is among the fastest growing areas of our work in conjunction with Registered Providers. Where other firms might handle a small amount of this work for providers who have supporting living as part of their overall offering, Stephensons’ clients include housing associations which specialise only in supported living matters. Stephensons is now renowned for this complex niche work with a volume and quality of work which we believe to be unmatched among our peers. In these transactions we will liaise closely with funders, local authorities, the housing association and other relevant parties to ensure the planning is obtained, service level contracts and/or nominations agreements are in place, properties are acquired and leases are put in place with the housing association to provide the supported living required. We have an excellent track record in this field for achieving outstanding results for our clients.

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Registered Providers Staff Re-Order

  • David Baybut
  • Kate Bullen
  • Jonathan Chadwick
  • Louise Hebborn
  • Alistair Gregory
  • Philip Richardson
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  • Chris Graves
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