Cheshire East Council

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Housing Associations Legal Alliance names 12 firms to £6.4m legal panel

The Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance (HALA) has appointed 12 law firms to a new Solicitors panel worth £6.4m over four years.

HALA, which was launched in 2010 with four housing associations, currently comprises 15 members and a housing stock of 100,000 units in the UK.

The procurement process was managed by legal consultants Kennedy Cater.

The successful firms were:

  • Batchelors (new)
  • Bevan Brittan
  • BLM
  • Capsticks
  • Clarke Willmott
  • Devonshires
  • Hugh James (new)
  • Penningtons Manches
  • Prince Evans
  • TLT
  • Tozers, and
  • Trowers & Hamlins (new).

The framework covers three lots:

  1. Corporate, Finance and Governance,
  2. Housing and Asset Management, and
  3. Property and Development.

It will run for a period of three years, from 1 September 2018 until 31 August 2021, with the option to extend for a further 12 months.

Caroline Pennock, Business Development Director at Newlon Housing Trust, said: “HALA continues to deliver in terms of quality and cost benefits and after this vigorous process we can look forward to continuing to deliver significant savings to all our members and attractive social value benefits to our residents.”

Tim Morel of Kennedy Cater said: “The firms’ commitment to our process has been creditable and we look forward to working with them all in the coming years as we continue to expand the membership of HALA. This framework proves the point that successful collaboration can bring significant rewards for all involved.”

HALA members comprise Advance, BME London, Hastoe Group, Hexagon, Merlin Housing Society, Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association, Newlon Housing Trust, Origin Housing, Octavia Housing, Optivo Homes, Phoenix Community Homes, Saxon Weald, Shepherds Bush Housing Association, Wandle and Wellingborough Homes.

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