Forbes Solicitors has made a series of key appointments in its housing and regeneration (property) team.

New appointments include associates, solicitors, paralegals, trainee paralegals and admin support staff, growing the team by 50% in the last year.

The housing and regeneration (property) team is based in Preston and led by recently promoted partner Jennifer Hankinson. It works with housing providers nationally, providing a wide range of advice and legal services.

Hankinson said: ’The changes in the team have been quite significant over the last 12 months and it is continually growing to meet demand within the sector.

’Our areas of work have grown and we have seen an increase in bulk transaction work in the last couple of years due to increased audits and rationalisation of stock within our client group.

’We are also assisting our Education Sector team on property transactions using our team members’ existing knowledge and experience of that sector.

’The withdrawal of the funding cap for local authorities has seen an increase in local authority development transactions for affordable housing and regeneration.’

Hankinson has a specialist background in development but is now focussing on both sides of the team (home ownership and development).

She said: ’We are working collaboratively with our clients and many have commented that the new approach is proving successful in terms of providing practical advice and service.’