Peter Goddard


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Kingfisher House, 1 Gilders Way, Off Barrack Street, Norwich, NR3 1UB

Pete stands out for his "extensive experience and strong attention to detail".

Legal 500 UK 2016


Peter joined Birketts in 2006 as Head of our Social Housing Team.

Peter has extensive experience of social housing and has advised a number of national and regional RPs and local authorities on a broad range of property and regulatory matters. He has led teams dealing with stock transfers and has also advised a number of RPs and local authorities and developers on the affordable housing requirements of s.106 Agreements. For many years Peter has acted for RPs on all types of development schemes for both general needs and supported housing, including advice on joint ventures and mixed tenure and private sale schemes (where he has advised on the consequent vires issues and the impact of Housing Corporation/TSA Regulation and charity law). He has also set up numerous disposal schemes for Housing Associations for RTBs/RTAs, Homebuy and Shared Ownership. In 2004 Peter led the team acting for Peterborough City Council on the disposal of all its housing stock - the largest LSVT in East Anglia to date. He has also led a team who completed all the property aspects of a £150m refinancing package for a major regional RP- one of the largest refinancing facilities in the sector to date. Peter also advised on the affordable housing provisions for the master s.106 agreement for the 2012 Olympics site.

Peter is based at our Norwich office.

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Peter is an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, has written extensively for the housing sector press and regularly speaks on social housing topics. He has been appointed Chair of the Housing Improvement Board set up by Norwich City Council to oversee the Council's Housing service. In the past he has been a Board Member of housing association Sanctuary Hereward and chair of its development committee, and previously a shadow board member of a prospective LSVT Association.

Peter is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2016] and listed in the elite 'Leading Lawyers' list of lawyers nationwide. Pete stands out for his "extensive experience and strong attention to detail". In the previous edition clients say he has "excellent sector knowledge". In an earlier edition, clients say the team gives "meaningful, high-quality advice" and "excellent personal service".

Pete is ranked in band 1 by Chambers [UK 2017]. As head of the social housing group, he is singled out by clients for his "thorough, detailed approach" and "strong client focus." 

Previous editions note that Pete is known for his "huge knowledge of the housing sector." He is praised in an earlier edition for his "excellent sector knowledge and contacts".

Leading Individual Legal 500 2016