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Clarke Willmott acts on £16 million shared-ownership deal

By Jo Whittle
12 April 2021
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National law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has acted on a deal that sees the transfer of 191 shared-ownership homes from Orbit Group, one of England’s largest social housing providers.

The property portfolio, which comprises 180 houses and 11 apartments, has been acquired by Residential Secure Income (ReSI) which invests in affordable shared ownership, retirement and local authority housing. The deal represents a £16m investment funded through ReSI’s £300m 45-year debt facility, and brings the organisation’s total shared-ownership portfolio to 549 homes.

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Vicky Kells, partner in the commercial property team at Clarke Willmott, helped lead the deal.

Clarke Willmott advised Orbit which has been a client of the firm since January 2019. A multi-disciplinary team was involved in the transaction.

Vicky Kells, partner in the commercial property team specialising in the affordable housing sector, helped to lead the deal. She said: “We were delighted to work collaboratively with Orbit and Jones Lang LaSalle on this sale, which involved input from across our national social housing team, including property, leasehold and asset management, planning, corporate, charity law, tax and employment.

“It was great to support Orbit through the sale, which was part of its portfolio densification strategy, driving operational efficiencies for Orbit and supporting the delivery of more affordable new homes.”

Kary Withers, managing director of Clarke Willmott’s property services division, said: “This was a great outcome for our client and a fantastic effort by our multi-disciplinary team who worked hard to get it over the line. We look forward to continuing working with Orbit in the future.”

Shared ownership allows a purchaser to buy a property with a lower deposit requirement and lower annual costs, making the homes more affordable.

Clarke Willmott is a national law firm with offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton.