Leasehold Enfranchisement

Expertise

Our team is an acknowledged leader in the field of leasehold enfranchisement.  At the annual Enfranchisement & Right to Manage Awards we have won Solicitors Firm of the Year in three out of the last four years.  Our chairman Damian Greenish has, since 1998, been the joint editor of Hague on Leasehold Enfranchisement, the leading text book in this area.

Our team advises on a wide range of transactions and issues including in relation to the following:

  • Leasehold reform: advising both landlords and tenants on all aspects of leasehold reform, including claims to acquire freeholds under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 and lease extension, collective and right to manage claims under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993
  • Conduct of leasehold reform matters at the valuation tribunals
  • Providing strategic advice on property management and investment

We work with other teams in the firm to enable the firm to provide a seamless and co-ordinated service to our clients.

Experience

  • Advising London estates, charities, companies, trusts, personal representatives and private individuals on all residential property aspects, with a particular specialisation in leasehold reform
  • Advising landlords and tenants on the expiry of long residential leases
  • Advising landlords and tenants on property tenures and structures for the purchase, sale and holding of properties
  • Conducting numerous landmark leasehold reform cases in the Supreme Court, House of Lords, Court of Appeal, High Court and the valuation tribunals, including: Hosebay; Shalson; Sportelli; Aggio; Magnohard, Dolphin Square and many others
  • Advising landlords and tenants on claims to acquire extended leases of flats pursuant to the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 and on claims to acquire freehold property pursuant to leasehold reform legislation
  • Advising tenants both individually and collectively on tenure structures to enable acquisition of freehold property pursuant to leasehold reform legislation
  • Advising landlords on schemes to protect property from statutory rights in favour of tenants
  • Advising a landlord charity in obtaining vacant possession of property with valuable redevelopment potential following the expiry of a long lease which was potentially subject to statutory rights in favour of the tenants to acquire the freehold
  • Advising tenants collectively claiming the freehold of property in prime central London against a major landlord seeking to overturn established valuation principles to achieve an inflated price