The owners of houses and flats have been given extensive rights to acquire extended leases or the freehold under a patchwork of different statutory regimes, each with its own set of requirements, procedure and valuation formula. The legal and valuation case law has grown exponentially since the start of the new millennium, alongside ever increasing property values in London. As a result the cost of making mistakes can be high, and specialist advice is essential. The leasehold enfranchisement group at Landmark Chambers offers genuinely specialist advice to solicitors, valuers and clients. We can help at every stage, including advice, drafting, help with expert reports, and appearing in courts and tribunals. We frequently advise on related professional negligence claims.
Much of our work concerns property in Prime Central London where values are highest. We regularly act for both landlords, including London Estates, and for lessees. Members of the Group are frequently involved in litigation concerning such properties at the highest levels, including Howard de Walden Estates v Lexgorge in the Supreme Court and Cadogan v Sportelli and Howard de Walden v Aggio in the House of Lords.
We are equally happy to help with lower value property in other areas, where the issues are often as difficult and interesting. Most cases begin in the First Tier Tribunal or County Court, and we offer a range of barristers of all levels of seniority to advise and appear at this level.
Lessees often seek to claim the freehold because of issues over management. We can also help with alternative solutions such as claiming the right to manage, or seeking the appointment of a manager.
We work regularly with, and accept direct instructions from valuers. Some of our members accept instructions direct from clients in suitable cases.
Many of us are members of ALEP (the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners) and we regularly speak at seminars and conferences on this area of law.
The members of the leasehold enfranchisement group are:
John Male QC
Katharine Holland QC
First Tier Tribunal