Southern Housing Group, one of the largest housing associations in the south east of England, has appointed 13 new firms to its legal panel as part of its continuing commitment to getting value for money on its legal work.
The previous legal panel was appointed in 2012 and resulted in a 35% reduction in legal fees. This saved approximately £300,000 in the first year, with similar levels of savings maintained in subsequent years.
The new panel will continue this work and allow the Group to ensure that it receives high quality legal advice at competitive rates for the next four years.
The firms that have been appointed to the new panel are; Anthony Collins, Bevan Brittan, Capsticks, Clarke Willmott, Devonshires, Housing Law Services, Lewis Silkin, PDT, Penningtons Manches, Sharratts, TLT, Trowers & Hamlins, and Winckworth Sherwood.
Anthony Armitage, Southern Housing Group’s in-house counsel, said that the new panel members had been chosen because of the significant value and expertise they offered in their respective areas of speciality and the wide variety of added value benefits they will bring to the Group.
“We work across a broad range of housing, corporate, commercial, treasury, governance and employment law. With this new panel of experts we’ve got the opportunity to benefit from skilled advice and guidance, while at the same time saving money that can be reinvested into providing homes for our residents.
“The standard of applicants to join the panel was extremely good and we’re proud to be able to work with such high quality firms.”
The firms will also support Southern Housing Group’s work with residents in a range of areas, including providing a range of employment and training opportunities, support around financial resilience and lifestyle, and delivering enhancements to the local environment.
Southern Housing Group has a track record of delivering savings through its legal services; in 2012, the Group appointed Anthony as its first in-house counsel, which generates savings of around £150,000 each year.