In association with PwC and DLA Piper

An Exclusive Session With Two Different Experts Working Together For You


About your workshop:

There is a lot of investment potential in affordable housing despite the recession. However you need to be up-to-date on how you can successfully deliver promises for stable and high quality housing without missing the deadlines. This can only be effectively done by applying the right delivery model to right situation, and don't forget that as circumstances change so do the models.

Particpants in this workshop will experience the exclusive luxury of receiving first hand one-to-one advice from two different experts from two different key player firms in the social housing sector. In an unique half day event you will essentially receive two experts for the price of one who will work together to ensure that you come away fully equipped with the knoweldge you need on the future delivery models and advice on how to apply them.

Don't forget to bring your questions!

About your workshop leaders:

Alex Guy, Partner and Head of Housing, DLA Piper

Alex heads DLA Piper's social housing PPP practice and is recognised by clients and competitors as a market leader in the sector.  Alex's clients include RSLs such as Affinity Sutton, Hyde Housing Association and Yorkshire Housing, contractors such as Bouygues and Bullock, funders such as Allied Irish Banks, Barclays, Bank of Scotland and Nationwide as well as local authorities, including Blackpool, Doncaster, Hackney, Leeds, Tower Hamlets, Nottingham and Thurrock. Alex is a non-executive director of InCommunities Group (previously known as Bradford Community Housing Trust), an RSL managing 22,000 homes.



Richard Parker, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Richard is the Head of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Housing team .He advises on policy and transactions across a wide range of housing and regeneration programmes including; PFI, Key worker housing and Mixed Communities. Richard led PwC’s housing policy review - ‘From Decent Homes to Great Places’ and he is developing new approaches to finance the supply of affordable, including local housing companies, institutional investment and investment for grant models .


About the workshop organisations:


DLA Piper

DLA Piper UK LLP ("DLA Piper") is one of the largest law firms in the world with over 3600 lawyers and ranks within the top ten global firms by total revenues. DLA Piper's Social Housing team advise clients on every legal aspect of social housing deals including the legislative framework, contractual documentation, financing and tax structuring. In addition to working for local authorities, the team regularly advise housing associations, developers and funders with regard to both private and social housing (PFI and non-PFI) projects and other redevelopment schemes across the UK.



PricewaterhouseCoopers has a dedicated Housing and Regeneration team that is advising on every major housing policy programme; including housing PFI and Public Private Partnerships, regeneration projects, key worker schemes, and housing market renewal. We provide our clients with advice on policy, strategy, procurement, structuring and finance raising, and we have a reputation for bringing our clients a new perspective.


Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Outline of existing delivery models - strengths and weaknesses

Richard Parker

Richard Parker, , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Alex Guy

Alex Guy, Partner, D L A

9:45 The policy challenge - what needs to be done differently?

Richard Parker

Richard Parker, , PricewaterhouseCoopers

Alex Guy

Alex Guy, Partner, D L A

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 The role of key stakeholders

  • Local authorities
  • Housing associations
  • HCA
  • Private sector house builders
  • Funders
  • Richard Parker

    Richard Parker, , PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Alex Guy

    Alex Guy, Partner, D L A

    11:45 If we need a new paradigm - what does it look like?

    Richard Parker

    Richard Parker, , PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Alex Guy

    Alex Guy, Partner, D L A

    12:30 Conclusions and close of workshop

    Richard Parker

    Richard Parker, , PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Alex Guy

    Alex Guy, Partner, D L A


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