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Affordable Housing Shortage Creates Demand for Property Law Practitioners

Written by: Ethan Cumming
Published on: 25 Nov 2019

Recent data collated by the TotallyLegal team revealed that demand is soaring for Property, Housing, Construction and Public Sector law specialists, perhaps in response to a shortage of affordable homes.


Last month, the number of jobs added to TotallyLegal tagged in the Housing Association practice area experienced monthly and annual growth of 6% and 143% respectively, while Property and Planning jobs increased by 9% month-on-month and 6% year-on-year respectively.

Meanwhile, legal professionals specialising in Construction law were also in demand, with the number of these jobs rising monthly by 5% and annually by 11%. Similarly, Public Sector & Local Authority jobs experienced monthly and yearly growth of 9% and 38%.

Perhaps not incidentally, these increases come as official government figures reveal that just 37,825 affordable new homes were built for let last year, despite a national waiting list of over 1.1 million families and households.

This shortage of affordable homes seems to be creating demand for legal practitioners who specialise in Property, Housing, Construction and Public Sector & Local Authority. Search and apply for your next role on TotallyLegal today.