Forbes builds housing team

Forbes Solicitors has grown its housing and regeneration (property) team by 50 per cent through a series of appointments over the last six months.

The legal firm's workload has increased with growing levels of bulk transaction due to increased audits and rationalisation of stock within our client group.

The withdrawal of the funding cap for local authorities has seen an increase in local authority development transactions for affordable housing and regeneration. In addition, the team has been assisting the education sector team on property transactions.

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.

To serve demand, Jennifer Hankinson has been promoted to partner and now oversees a team which has added associates, solicitors, paralegals, trainee paralegals and admin support staff over recent months.

She 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."