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Housing Associations' Autumn Seminar coming to Newcastle

Posted by Tim Morel on Wed, Oct 18 2017 09:48:00

On Tuesday 31st October, Tim Morel will host Kennedy Cater’s Autumn Seminar, “Housing Associations and Legal Services”, the first one that we will have run in the North-East.
In this seminar,  Tim will be joined by two leading figures in the social housing legal sector, Alice Richardson and Katrina Robinson:
Alice Richardson is a specialist housing barrister from Trinity Chambers. Alice will deliver a practical and current Housing Association focused legal update.
Before becoming a barrister, Alice worked as a housing advisor specialising in homelessness and community care. She has a particular interest in cases involving discrimination, human rights, capacity and Judicial Review. She is regularly instructed by Housing Associations, local authorities and private landlords in a wide range of housing cases including possession, allocations, unlawful eviction, disrepair, succession and assignment. 
Katrina Robinson MBE is the Head of Legal Services and Data Protection Officer at Optivo which has 44,000 homes across London, the Midlands and Sussex.
Katrina specialises in combatting anti-social behaviour and tenancy fraud and was awarded an MBE for services to social housing in the New Year’s Honours List in 2016.  She also oversees the spend on external legal services.
Katrina will be sharing her thoughts on Tenancy Fraud - why housing associations should be actively involved in combatting it, and the practical steps that they can take.
The seminar is aimed at senior management of Housing Associations across the North-East, and aims to  show how they can achieve sustainable efficiency and costs savings by procuring and managing external legal suppliers more effectively. This is not simply about driving down the prices charged by suppliers, but will include issues such as:

-the procurement strategy for choosing external legal suppliers
-how to establish internal contracts to ensure external instructions are appropriate and effective
-ongoing contract management and performance information
-what can go wrong if poor processes are in place, and how to bring back control  
Contact Tim Morel on 0207 113 4020 for further details

KC Director speaks at LLG Governance Conference

Posted by Tim Morel on Thu, Oct 12 2017 15:14:00

Kennedy Caters’ Director of Client Services, Helen Edwards, is one of the Speakers at the 2017 LLG Governance Conference, which will take place at the Assembly Rooms in Bath on 18th and 19th of October.

 Helen will introduce the 2pm break -out session on Wednesday 18th, alongside Ian Winslet, Regional Director of Ark Consultancy Ltd, and Louise Rawsthorne, Assistant Director of Investment & Commercial Activity at Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils (BMS).

 Ark are currently working with BMS on their investment programme, and the session;

Profit for Purpose – avoiding the pitfalls, will examine how this investment programme has worked in practice, and share the benefit of their experiences. It will explore the profit motivation behind a company structure set up jointly by two Suffolk Councils. The session will give detailed insight into the procurement processes, risks, governance structures and mitigating practical steps required when establishing a £50 million property investment fund, and how this has led to further commercial opportunities.

 Kennedy Cater were involved in the early stages of this arrangement, assisting with the procurement of investment consultants, and as well as introducing the session Helen with talk more generally about the increasing Commercialisation in local government. Helen comments, “I am looking forward to catching up with everyone at the Governance Conference, and hearing how authorities are tackling the current challenges, including commercialisation”.






Hastoe Group Joins HALA as 15th Member

Posted by Tim Morel on Thu, Oct 12 2017 11:28:00


Hastoe Group has become the 15th Housing Association to join HALA, ‘The Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance’, making this one of the most successful collaborations of its kind in the UK.

Now in its 8th year this nationwide Alliance, managed by specialist legal consultancy Kennedy Cater, continues to ensure that members have access to high quality legal advice from its panel law firms.

Key to its growing success are its demonstrable value for money rates, which typically deliver annual savings of up to 25%. This is achieved through the joint procurement of external legal services, including the establishment of the HALA Solicitors Panel, free of charge Value Added Benefits, and through the sharing of legal knowledge and best practice. 

Established in 1962, Hastoe owns and manages over 7,500 homes in over 70 local authority areas across the south of England from Norfolk down to Cornwall. They are the leading specialist rural housing association, providing sustainable, affordable homes to enable local people to remain within their communities. 


Will Roberts, Finance Director and Legal Company Secretary at Hastoe comments,

‘We are delighted to have become the latest member of HALA and look forward to enjoying the wide ranging benefits available to us as the Alliance continues to grow.’ 

Tim Morel, Director and Co-Founder of Kennedy Cater, adds,

‘Reduced legal fees without compromising quality, and monthly management information are notable draws for Housing Associations joining HALA. However HALA also offers significant free of charge add on benefits; notably a ‘needs based’ training programme that is expertly fulfilled by the panel firms, as well as bespoke in-house training sessions delivering further significant savings.’

New members are always welcome, please contact Tim Morel on 0207 113 4020 or email

Read Helen Edwards recent article for Insight Magazine

Posted by Tim Morel on Fri, Sep 15 2017 12:29:00

In a recent article for Insight, the new online magazine from the team at Local Government Lawyer, KC's Client Services Director Helen Edwards examines how Local Authorities can effectivley utilise the experience of private practice firms without breaking the bank.


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LBLA grows membership for 8th successive year

Posted by Tim Morel on Wed, May 17 2017 14:09:00


Redbridge and Greenwich have become the latest London Authorities to join the London Boroughs’ Legal Alliance in a move that sees the LBLA grow its full membership to 20.

The London Borough of Redbridge is a new member of the Association. Fiona Alderman, Head of Legal & Constitutional Services at Redbridge, comments:

“Having experienced membership of the LBLA in my previous role at Brent, I understood the value that it can bring. I was keen for Redbridge to join in order to take advantage of all the fantastic advantages the LBLA offers. Not only access to the excellent value for money frameworks, but also its first rate training programme, and additional benefits that have a real impact.” 

Greenwich has been an Associate member since October 2016, which gave them access to the innovative Barristers' framework. They have now opted to take full membership, which provides access to the complete range of member benefits including the Solicitors' framework, Legal Libraries framework, and a substantial training programme that caters to the direct needs of members.

 Helen Edwards, Client Services Director for Kennedy Cater sums up the unique nature of the LBLA:

‘Time and again the LBLA proves that it is a force to be reckoned with in its approach to local government authorities tackling the twin requirements of innovation in procurement practice and driving down the of costs in legal expenditure. The ever growing membership and strong management of the frameworks will continue to make the LBLA an asset to residents across London.’

 All London local authorities are able to join the LBLA, or simply access its Solicitors and/or Barristers Frameworks. Please contact Helen Edwards, at Kennedy Cater for further details on 020 7113 4020 or email:

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