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Birmingham City Council

Regeneration & Property Legal Team

Helen Bonham is Head of Regeneration & Property Law.

Helen joined the council in November 2008 following four years as the in-house legal advisor and 'Company Secretary' at Advantage West Midlands. She qualified as a solicitor in private practice and has subsequently gained a wide range of public sector experience at local, regional and national levels. Helen provides legal and related support and guidance for a range of the council's major transformational projects, including Building Schools for the Future, the Academies Programme, Municipal Housing provision and the Public land Initiative, as well as economic regeneration matters.

THE TEAM

  • deals with all development sales, complex, joint venture and commercial property transactions both with the public and private sector
  • deals with complex property management issues, leases to the council and provides property support to other corporate teams to enable them to deliver corporate projects involving property
  • deals with routine property transactions of sales and purchases
  • deals with Public Private Initiatives, Building Schools for the Future, including the Academies programme as well as assisting the Housing Department in the repairs and maintenance contracts and the Municipal Housing Trust
  • deals with the majority of the routine Landlord and Tenant work of the council both commercial and residential, including Right to Buy and Leasehold Reform Act matters
  • assists other property teams with title investigation and research
  • supports the Regeneration Team in the property elements of compulsory purchase
  • deals with major transformation projects, including Building Schools for the Future , the Academies Programme and grant funding for major housing projects via the Homes and Community Agency for Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust and the Public Land Initiative
  • has unique expertise and experience in Compulsory Purchase Orders, including dealing with the Bull Ring and now New Street Gateway projects
  • is experienced in working across legal disciplines and in partnership with the private sector
  • has a wide knowledge of a range of local government areas and other public sectors
  • is skilled at collaboration and team work

Contact Details:

Helen Bonham
Head of Regeneration & Property Law

Tel: 0121-303 3811
Email: helen.bonham@birmingham.gov.uk