On Friday, 20th January The Housing Associations Legal Alliance (HALA), which is managed by Kennedy Cater, will see its 2017 programme of member training courses begin. The session on Rent Arrears and Possession Tenancy will be hosted by Capsticks LLP, who are one of HALA's panel firms.
This marks the first stage of a raft of courses and seminars that will be run throughout the year, all of which are provided by HALA's panel firms. Sessions are designed as a direct result of feedback from the HALA membership and seek to meet current training needs. The seminar programme is one of the key value added benefits of being a HALA member and all are offered free of charge.
A large number of additional membership benefits are also available, including;
- Free of charge advice helplines
- Drop in surgeries
- Legal updates
- video conferencing
- Access to firms' profession support lawyers and librarians
- Use of meeting rooms
- Social value benefits - including work experience and employment opportunities for residents
A new benefit which is of particular interest is that HALA's panel firms have also agreed that if they prepare advice which is relevant to more than one member, it may be shared. This time and cost saving benefit is a step change and signifies the strong relationship that Kennedy Cater, HALA and its panel firms have developed.
Tim Morel, Director and Founder of Kennedy Cater, adds,
'The HALA Legal Framework is a growing success, not only for the competitive hourly rates that we have managed to negotiate, which are discounted by at least 30% on standard rates, but clearly in the valuable benefits that membership affords. The costs of which, if bought alone, would run to many thousands of pounds. The 2017 training programme which is a key part of this, deserves to be a huge success.'
Updates on the course programme can be found at www.hala.org.uk, and upcoming courses will be announced in advance on Twitter @HALegalAlliance
The London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA), which is managed by Kennedy Cater, is delighted to announce that the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), and the Royal Borough of Greenwich are the latest London Authorities to join this distinct group.
LFEPA has become a full member whilst the Royal Borough of Greenwich joins as an Associate, which provides them with full access to the Barristers’ framework. They become the 18th and 19th authorities respectively.
Helen Edwards, Client Services Director for Kennedy Cater, comments,
‘We are delighted that both of these Authorities have chosen to join the LBLA, recognizing the strength and depth of its offering. From day one the LBLA has led the way in innovating procurement practices and driving through efficiencies to the benefit of their members and local residents across London. With their addition the Alliance will become even stronger.’
All London local authorities are now able to join to LBLA, and access to its Solicitors and /or Barristers Framework can also be considered. Please contact Helen Edwards, at Kennedy Cater for further details on 020 7113 4020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Origin Housing has become the latest Housing Association to join HALA, ‘The Housing Associations Legal Alliance’.
Now in its 6th year this nationwide Alliance, managed by specialist legal consultancy Kennedy Cater, ensures that members have access to high quality legal advice from its panel firms. Key to its growing success is its demonstrable value for money rates, which typically deliver annual savings of up to 25%.
Kevin Muhammad, Procurement Manager at Origin comments,
‘HALA is a well managed consortium that has a proven track record in delivering high quality legal support alongside cost savings to its members. We are pleased to be part of this ambitious Alliance.’
Kennedy Cater’s Client Services Director, Helen Edwards adds,
‘In addition to reduced legal fees, HALA offers its members a training programme that is second to none. Annually designed around their stated needs, it is expertly fulfilled by the panel firms. In addition bespoke training is also available at no extra charge, which would costs thousands of pounds if bought alone.’
New members are always welcome, please contact Helen Edwards on 0207 113 4020 or email email@example.com
On Wednesday 8th June, Kennedy Cater's Founding Partner, Tim Morel, and Client Services Director, Helen Edwards will host a workshop at the CHIC Ltd (Central Housing Investment Consortium) 'Buy Better Build More' Conference at Sixways Stadium in Worcester.
Their 10am session entitled 'Legal Services - What will CHIC's New Framework Offer?' will explore how CHIC members can benefit from the new Legal Services Framework established by Kennedy Cater and CHIC Ltd that will be launched at this event.
With 38 members who collectively hold 500,000 homes, the CHIC Consortium are a substantial group who have recognised the opportunity a legal services framework can offer in terms of cost savings and value added. With savings on standard legal fees of up to 30% and a range of high value added and social benefits we at Kennedy Cater look forward to supporting CHIC's members in using this framework to its fullest.
The ‘Housing Associations Legal Alliance’ welcomes Islington and Shoreditch as group goes from strength to strength
Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA) have joined the Housing Associations Legal Alliance (HALA), as its newest member.
This nationwide alliance was formed in 2010 for the purpose of ensuring greater value for money in the delivery of legal services to its members. Open to providers of social housing in England and Wales, it has seen significant recent growth with 3 new members joining since the beginning of the year.
Eusebio Barata, Interim Director of Customer Operations at ISHA says,
‘HALA is a well-managed consortium who impressed us with their commitment to delivering high quality legal services at value for money rates. We are delighted to be part of this innovative group.’
Kennedy Cater were involved in the establishment of HALA and manage the cost and quality of the legal services provided to the consortium. Client Services Director, Helen Edwards, comments on the demonstrable benefits realised by its members,
‘In addition to reduced legal fees and cost controls, HALA offers a bespoke annual training programme that is incredibly popular with members. Last year 192 delegates attended 11 sessions with a total calculated saving of £21,000. ’
HALA is always looking to attract new members who feel they could benefit from the services we offer. For further details please contact Helen Edwards on 0207 113 4020 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org