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Challenging Your Group Structure

26 November 2020 - Webinar

About the event

Presentation Style: Powerpoint and a zoom presentation

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 (Bookings will close 1hr prior to broadcasting)


Rose Klemperer, Senior Associate, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP,

Daniel Guy, Indirect Tax Director, RSM UK Tax and Accounting Limited

Andrew Robinson, Partner, RSM UK Tax and Accounting Limited

Rachel Challinor, Director of Governance, Performance and Compliance, Longhurst Group

Chair: Rebecca Clarke, head of membership at CIH and Gemma Bell, Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Benefits of attending

In uncertain times ensuring the resilience of your group structure has never been more important. As the sector regroups in the wake of the pandemic and reassesses business plans the time is ripe to step back and consider if your group structure continues to be fit for purpose. The Value for Money (“VFM”) Standard requires Boards of registered providers of social housing (“RPs”) to ensure they derive optimal benefit from their resources and assets and optimise economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of their strategic objectives. As part of this, RP Boards are also required to consider the costs and potential benefits of alternative organisational, commercial and delivery structures.

We have seen an increased focus by the Regulator of Social Housing (“RSH”) during In-Depth Assessments (“IDAs”) on ensuring that RPs are fully testing the merits and drawbacks of their structure. This is linked to VFM and also strong governance and understanding of intragroup risk flow. The RSH has expected there to be a clear rationale as to why specific entities exist within a group structure and required “Parent” RPs to have a full understanding of the group’s governance structure, with any perceived risks being properly overseen and managed. Several regulatory downgrades have occurred, including to non-compliant gradings, where the RSH was unsatisfied with the responses provided.

Within this webinar, we will look at:

• Key legal, tax and strategic issues to consider when reviewing your group structure against future objectives;

• Effective development structuring;

• Good governance expectations;

• Models in the sector and their drivers;

• The Regulator’s expectations, particularly in light of the implications of the pandemic on the sector; and

• Common hurdles and obstacles and how to prepare for these.


• A better understanding of the legal, tax and strategic issues to consider when reviewing your group structure against future objectives;

• Insight into other models in the sector; and

• Learning from other RPs on the realities of group restructuring.

Booking information

The webinar is FREE to attend for members and £20 + Vat for non-members.

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