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Anthony Collins Solicitors hires Wright Hassall head of housing as partner

Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) has appointed Andrew Dudley, the head of housing at Wright Hassall, as a new partner to its social housing property team.

Dudley, who brings more than 40 years’ legal experience to ACS, specialises in property development and stock transfer for housing associations.

He will also focus on developing ACS’ property team and client base, which includes The Riverside Group and Citizen Housing Group.

Throughout his career so far, Dudley has successfully developed and negotiated the first insurance policy to support environmental liabilities in stock transfers. This is alongside supporting the transfer of 50,000 homes between local authorities and housing associations.

Dudley said: “With social purpose at the core of its approach, Anthony Collins Solicitors is leading on a number of landmark property projects, enabling the delivery of sustainable and affordable housing and improving lives, communities and society.

“The firm is at an exciting point in its growth journey. I’m looking forward to helping build the property team and bolstering the services we can provide to our clients across the UK.”

Dudley’s appointment follows other recent lateral hires joining ACS’ Manchester office, with Suzanne Gregson and Tom Starkey leaving regional firms in the North West to join ACS.  This is alongside three internal partner appointments by ACS of David Evison, Emma Hardman and Sarah Patrice.

Jonathan Cox, Head of Social Housing at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said: “Andrew’s arrival is one of a number of ways we are growing the firm’s housing team. We are confident that Andrew will bring further leadership, expertise and support - contributing to the sustainable development of our property practice and housing association client base.

“This latest appointment forms part of the firm’s ambitious growth plans in Birmingham and Manchester. We look forward to welcoming more people that share the firm’s social purpose mission and desire to undertake rewarding work for clients across the UK.”