LAW understand the challenges of the housing sector.
Housing associations are constantly faced with the challenge of maintaining rent affordability, the cost of building new homes, and the need to deliver quality services – all while ensuring good governance and managing the expectations of regulators. Increasing cost constraints require meticulous budgeting, but that can be difficult when RSLs are faced with unexpected legal costs. That’s why Law At Work offers an all-inclusive, fixed-fee service; so that our RSL clients can be confident that employment law needs will be met, without surprise bills at the end.
Keeping costs down in the housing sector often boils down to staffing issues – whether that means taking advantage of flexible working contracts, or taking the difficult decision to reduce employee numbers. The good news is that our advisors can be there every step of the way. Whether you have questions on the foundations of employment law such as performance management, absence management and working time, or the more complex areas like TUPE, data protection and trade union matters, our team has the expertise to guide you through.
Our experienced health and safety team can also provide support and guidance in a wide range of health and safety risks associated with the housing sector. This includes construction health and safety; property management (including fire safety, legionella, asbestos management, gas and electricity etc.); vehicles and drivers; lone working and the risk of violence and aggression… as well as the more routine office-based safety issues such as display screen equipment, manual handling etc. Our competent site inspections; document audits; fire risk assessments and staff training will ensure that health and safety standards are met and maintained as we work with you to find sensible solutions and provide valuable feedback on where health and safety sits across housing stock and the wider organisation.
Having LAW on hand, for a fixed annual fee, means that we can avoid the unpredictable costs of a traditional law firm without having to compromise on quality support when we need it. Our Legal Manager provides a professional, friendly and personal service. The LAW team also have a strong understanding of the Scottish RSL sector.
Mike Beniston – Head of Corporate Services, Port of Leith Housing Association
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