National law firm Clarke Willmott has sponsored one of the UK Housing Awards at a glittering ceremony in central London.

Considered the ‘Oscars’ of housing, the awards, organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing, recognise the ingenuity, creativity, passion and hard work of housing organisations across the UK.

The sold-out ceremony, celebrating its 20th year in 2017, took place at the Lancaster London Hotel and was attended by over 700 of the sector’s key leaders. The awards were hosted by comedian, author and broadcaster Dominic Holland.

One of the largest providers of social housing legal advice in the country, Clarke Willmott sponsored the ‘outstanding approach to tackling ASB behaviour’ category. The award was presented by the firm’s Head of Housing Management, Lindsay Felstead, to Newham Council, with Stockport Home also highly commended.

Lindsay said: “We are delighted to have sponsored a UK Housing Award. The ‘outstanding approach to tackling ASB behaviour’ recognises landlords that have developed an outstanding and sustainable approach to improving the safety and wellbeing of their communities. This is such an important part of social landlords’ commitment to their local communities, something we witness every day in the work we do with them.

“The work that Newham Council has been doing in this area is very important and they were very worthy winners of the award. 

“Our sponsorship of the award demonstrates Clarke Willmott’s commitment to the social housing sector and the ongoing work of our clients.”

The 2016 winners of the ‘outstanding approach to tackling ASB behaviour’ award, which is in only its second year, was the housing provider Peabody, who set up the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) with a mission to improve the housing sector’s response to domestic abuse.