Jo LoakePrincipal Associate
She takes a flexible and down-to-earth approach to finding solutions.Chambers and Partners 2021
Having worked for social housing providers and local authorities all her legal career, Jo is an expert legal voice and a highly experienced lawyer in a wide range of business critical governance, regulatory and constitutional areas.
Her experience includes governance advice, policy and constitutional issues, identifying and mitigating risk, and advising on strategic projects such as stock transfers (Jo has acted on 13 large stock transfers to date) and group structures. She also has expertise in commercial contracts and partnering arrangements and complex negotiations, including with local authorities, third party solicitors and funders’ solicitors on contract terms, warranties, service level agreements, nominations, VAT sharing and VAT shelters.
Jo also advises on a wide range of mergers, cost-sharing vehicles, JVs and other partnering arrangements, including JVs between charitable and private organisations, and also matters ranging from codes of conduct and board member service agreements to restructures, creating subsidiary organisations and intra-group arrangements.
Jo is at the cutting edge of developments in the regulatory environment, regularly speaking at seminars and conferences on changes affecting the sector. For example, in 2015 Jo was invited to deliver a keynote session at the Housing Quality Network’s end of year Housing Law conference on the challenges and opportunities facing the sector as a result of the radical policy agenda from Government.
Jo also demonstrates authoritative thought leadership through her regular blogs and contributions to the housing press. Jo also contributed to the legal text Handbook of Co-operative and Community Benefit Society Law.