Scott Dorling


Scott has over 25 years' experience advising on a range of housing matters; from housing management, homelessness advice and possession actions in his early years as an in-house local authority lawyer through to large scale voluntary transfers, PFI contracts, creation of TMOs, ALMO and other community led organisations during his time with the firm. 

Scott advises at the cutting edge of housing policy which in recent years has included advice to local housing authorities on the impact of HRA reform, the use of RTB receipts and on the establishment in significant numbers of local housing companies, including the first privately funded wholly affordable new build scheme for a local housing company. Scott's housing related activities include large regeneration schemes and Scott is often called upon because of his expertise in navigating the myriad complexities associated with mixed tenure regeneration including leaseholder issues, decant and demolition, procurement obstacles, tenant engagement and joint venturing.

Scott also has a significant presence in the local authority leisure outsourcing market, advising both Councils and leisure providers on the procurement of management only contracts and DBOM contracts. Scott's background as a senior in-house local government lawyer means he is adept at advising officers and members in a fully knowledgeable and confident manner.

Scott is ranked as a leading individual in the UK Legal 500 2018 and Chambers and Partners UK 2019.

The "very impressive" Scott Dorling is "particularly good on the financing and corporate aspects" of housing matters, say interviewees. He has a particular aptitude for matters involving local authorities, such as new delivery structures and  large-scale regeneration projects   

Chambers and Partners UK, 2019
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