Since her arrival at Steele Raymond in 2019, Victoria has been working predominately in residential conveyancing and offered critical support to the team during the unprecedented rush for completions as a result of the UK Government’s Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday (SDLT), which closed on September 30, 2021.
However, during this time Victoria has also been involved in a number of significant new build development and social housing development projects, including work for local charitable housing association BCHA, who are successfully delivering new properties for the homeless under the Government’s Next Steps Accommodation Program (NSAP).
Victoria brings a wealth of experience to Steele Raymond’s leading residential development offering, having acted for both local and regional developers on the acquisition and disposal of land and with her intimate knowledge of all aspects of leasehold and freehold transactions.
Speaking on her move between teams and on her work with social housing providers, Victoria said:
“My time in residential property has been great and I am pleased to have been able to provide much-needed support during such a busy and challenging time.
“Now that I have made the move, the chance to do more work on special social housing and affordable homes projects for the likes of BCHA and Landspeed is something I am looking forward to and was one of the reasons that residential development was really attractive to me.”
“Steele Raymond’s Residential Development Team is really expanding, with some highly-specialist lawyers having recently joined the firm; the future is incredibly exciting. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to further expand my skillsets and to evolve as a residential development solicitor.”
Victoria’s appointment comes shortly after a number of key appointments for team, including the appointment of specialist landowner development solicitor Alison Bailey , highly experienced residential development solicitor Christine Kessler-Robinson, as well as Kayleigh Ryan and Sammy Hacklett, new homes coordinator and legal assistant respectively .
Partner and Head of Residential Development Emma Stainwright welcomed Victoria’s arrival, saying:
“We have experienced such rapid growth in the past couple of years, both as a team and as a firm, and it is great to see so many talented lawyers joining Steele Raymond and developing their careers here.
“Victoria has been an incredibly important part of our residential conveyancing practice during a very busy and indeed stressful time. I am delighted to welcome her to residential development and look forward to the continuation of her work with local and regional social housing providers; this type of work is so important and is our way of giving something back to the community.”
Emma closed by saying:
“It’s an exciting and interesting time to be at the forefront of residential development. Covid and the pandemic created a bit of a ‘boom’ in the housing market by encouraging people to reevaluate the way they live. With changing attitudes to hybrid working, inner-city living has become less desirable and so the need for new homes continues to drive developments.
“More importantly, however, the pandemic further highlighted the issues around homelessness and our basic human right to have a safe place to live. We build affordable homes in this country for this exact reason and, in addition to our work with landowners and developers, Steele Raymond are committed to this endeavor.”
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