The social housing sector is extremely important to us. It is part of our wider housing group which includes PRS/BTR, later living, house builder, public sector housing, promoter, student as well as social housing.

We are the only national commercial law firm with such a wide breadth across the housing sector whilst having experts in each sub-sector.

We act for key organisations across the sector such as Places for People, Home Group, Grainger Trust, Accent, Karbon, Bernicia, Rentplus and Plymouth Community Homes. We have eight offices in the UK which contain experts in all of the legal services which a RP requires.

It is not 'just about the bricks' for RP clients, and likewise, for us, it's not 'just about the law'. We offer a more personalised, expansive alternative to our regional and national competitors. We share knowledge that contributes to the services you provide (such as intelligence on the ageing agenda, and approaches that other clients are taking to domestic abuse, for example). Intelligence-sharing; facilitating connections between clients on relevant issues; providing opportunities to engage with the Regulator and government bodies on issues affecting the sector: this is what we do. 

Nigel Emmerson heads our team. As well as being an experienced real estate lawyer, Nigel has been on the board of Byker Community Trust since 2013 and serves on the Audit & Risk and the Governance & Remuneration Committees. Nigel's role at Byker gives him invaluable experience and knowledge of the workings of a RP from the inside.

‘Excellent firm, offering a complete service across a wide range of areas.’

Legal 500, 2022

‘Excellent knowledge and understanding of our requirements as a client in terms of financial, funding and legal agreements.’

Legal 500, 2022

“Friendly, organised and responsive.”

Chambers and Partners, 2021

‘My experience working with Womble Bond Dickinson’s social housing team has proved invaluable. Its specialist knowledge and practical advice is key in enabling matters to run smoothly; we are able to call on several individuals on different aspects of social housing, such as tax, consultation and property, with all this being integrated. The team is quick to offer solutions to difficult issues and always finds a way to resolve matters.’

Legal 500, 2021

“They are always professional, approachable and helpful.” 

Chambers and Partners, 2020