Cladding in court

30 November 2022

Earlier this year, Martlett Homes, a subsidiary of The Hyde Group, won a trial against contractor Mullaley for a claim which could have implications for other housing associations.

The NHF and housing associations welcomed the principles the government set out earlier this year to address the question of who should pay for the building safety crisis, stating that those who built defective homes should be responsible for fixing them.

Housing associations have been working with developers and contractors to make affected buildings safe for some time, though discussions over meeting costs are not always straightforward.

While the extensions to the Defective Premises Act will provide additional routes for housing associations to pursue contractors that have not taken responsibility for buildings they constructed, many housing associations are considering or acting on claims for a breach of their original contract.

Sector colleagues from The Hyde Group share insights on their case and their wider building safety work programme.


  • Andy Hulme, Chief Executive, Hyde Group
  • Neal Ackcral, Chief Property Officer, Hyde Group
  • Tom Grundy, Legal Counsel
  • Victoria Moffett, Head of Building and Fire Safety Programmes, National Housing Federation

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Victoria Moffett, Head of Building and Fire Safety Programmes