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About Charlotte

Charlotte is a Partner in the Housing and Regeneration team, and has extensive experience working with Registered Providers, NHS bodies, local authorities and especially with other care and support organisations. She has particular expertise in development work (including planning gain and management areas, as well as construction and ancillary matters, both on greenfield and regeneration sites) as well as working with sheltered, supported housing and extra care providers.

Charlotte also advises on non-contentious housing management matters including tenancy agreements, support contacts and handbooks.

Recent Experience

  • Advising a number of RPs on major regeneration site acquisitions (including planning and construction matters), as well as acquisition of development sites for mixed residential use
  • Advising London-based RPs on joint venture arrangements with private developers for development of mixed tenure (residential and commercial) schemes
  • Commercial portfolio management for a number of RPs
  • Acting for major nationwide RP in major portfolio disposals of both supported housing and general needs accommodation as well as acquisition of sites to be developed for supporting housing use, including negotiation of arrangements with care provider
  • Completing terms for provision of extra care and care home accommodation for RP (in conjunction with national care provider)

Professional Memberships

Academician of the Academy of Urbanism

Charlotte is also head of Winckworth Sherwood’s CSR Committee and a Trustee of local charity Bede House.

Career Experience

2010 to present: Partner, Winckworth Sherwood

2008 to 2010: Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood

2004 to 2008: Senior Solicitor - Housing and Regeneration

2002 to 2004: Senior Solicitor - Housing Department

2001 to 2002: Solicitor - NHS Property Department

1998 to 2001: Newly Qualified Solicitor - Housing Department

1996 to 1998: Articled clerk

“Charlotte Cook, whose expertise spans development work and assisting sheltered, supported housing and extra care providers.”

Legal 500, 2017

Charlotte Cook, who is ‘a rock’ and ‘fun to work with’.

Legal 500

“Charlotte’s knowledge and experience in the social housing sector is, I would say, the broadest I have yet come across and it is refreshing to work with a solicitor who will advise their clients according to their client’s needs, rather than simply highlighting risks”

Regional Development Director, national RP

Latest Case

Care home site for Catalyst Housing

Winckworth Sherwood advised Catalyst on taking a long leasehold interest of a care home site from the local authority. The site was then regenerated, providing supported, extra care and shared ownership accommodation for older people.
Working with both the Local Authority (as landlord, planning authority and as nominating body) and the third party managing agent, it was important to cater for the desires and requirements of those bodies as well as the end users: both the purchasers of the shared ownership units, and the intended occupiers of the extra care units.

Cross-matching of rights and obligations in occupancy rights and management practice was key; also drafting to effect differing timings of sales of shared ownership sales units as against the remainder of the accommodation and common parts was paramount.

We are also advising Catalyst on a number of other local authority led care and support schemes, particularly outside London. Working to balance the practical, economic and commercial demands alongside those of the often protectionist local authority requires significant consideration of end users, end products and the wider benefits of contracts of this nature.

Key facts

Client Name: Catalyst Housing Limited
Client Sector: Housing
Project Progress: Completed

Core Areas: Care & SupportSocial Housing and Regeneration