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Portrait of Ellen Damlica


Ellen is an associate in the housing corporate and governance team in Birmingham. She primarily advises housing associations on a wide range of corporate and governance matters within both the housing and wider third sector. These matters vary from inception and registration of registered providers of social housing to advice on collaborative working.

As well as supporting clients on their day to day governance and company secretarial needs, Ellen provides regulatory and legal compliance training and guidance to both boards and wider management teams on a variety of topics. Her work includes advising on strategic governance arrangements, the set-up of new group entities, wider partnership working, co-operative and community benefit society law, general company law and charity law alongside drafting governance documentation.

Ellen has a range of experience across housing association group restructures and mergers and acquisitions, covering due diligence projects, joint ventures and collaboration agreements, charitable and corporate conversions, and the statutory merger processes including amalgamations and transfers of engagements. She qualified as a solicitor in 2017 and joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2020 from another leading law firm in the UK housing sector. 

Recent work highlights

  • Advising on the grouping of three large housing associations and the associated commercial/subsidiary corporate and governance restructure.
  • Leading on group subsidiary rationalisation projects for two large housing providers.
  • Advising on a full group restructure of a large housing provider and its wider group to assist in streamlining the governance and corporate arrangements.
  • Advising a housing provider undertaking a development joint venture with a commercial contractor to acquire and develop a mixed tenure site.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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