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Portrait of Sanjeev Shah
Areas of expertise: Social housing


Sanjeev is a partner in the real estate team at Penningtons Manches Cooper specialising in property development and regeneration projects for a broad range of clients including registered providers of affordable housing, private developers and other placemaking organisations. He spends time in the London, Cambridge and Oxford offices and works with clients on all aspects of land acquisition and development, planning and infrastructure agreements, funding and grant agreements, nomination agreements and off plan sales and lettings for residential and mixed use schemes.

Sanjeev has been recognised by The Legal 500 as a leading individual and by Chambers UK as a top ranked lawyer for his work in the social housing sector. His clients describe him as approachable, with a very clear and strong knowledge of his area of expertise, and responsive to their needs.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for a registered provider in its sub-sale acquisition of a site from a national housebuilder for an over 55’s assisted living scheme, comprising circa 90 residential and four commercial units (including the waiver of planning conditions to permit unrestricted staircasing of shared ownership units), valued at £18 million.
  • Advising a registered provider on its winning tender to become the preferred purchaser of all affordable housing units on a large scale redevelopment of an ex Ministry of Defence airfield site comprising 5000+ homes. This included associated placemaking requirements, and subsequently acting on the initial phase purchases from two separate private developer of 65 affordable housing units, valued at £12 million.
  • Acting for a private developer on the purchase of a development site and its sub-sale to a registered provider on a conditional contract subject to planning and vacant possession, valued at £5 million.
  • Advising the private development subsidiary of a registered provider on the acquisition and development of a site on which 15 executive homes were to be built and sold off plan to generate cross subsidy for the redevelopment of affordable housing.
  • Acting for a registered provider in the negotiation of funding agreements with two separate local councils and a subsequent programme of 30 street property purchases to increase the registered provider’s social rent tenure and temporary accommodation units for the homeless.

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