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#1 Nick


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Posted 24 September 2007 - 05:48 PM

I noticed several topics relating to conveyancing, but I may need the services of a good solicitor who is well versed in leasehold law from a lessor's perspective. Primarily there is quite a few disputes brewing with my management company and I need to get some good impartial advice. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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Posted 25 September 2007 - 10:55 AM

I've been negotiating a lease extension with a rather tricky freeholder and initially used Bennet Welch in CP who market themselves as dealing with leasehold issues, but found the associate I was dealing with a bit slow (she's now left, I believe). I switched to a Camden Town firm called Comptons, who had been recommended as good on the litigation/leasehold side and have been happy with them. I'm dealing with a partner called John Midgley. They're not cheap, though.


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Posted 25 September 2007 - 02:52 PM

Try these people for (free) informal advice. I've used them and highly recommend.

Leasehold Advisory Service

#4 scalarose


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Posted 25 September 2007 - 03:57 PM

Your situation might not come to this but ...

After some years of being in dispute with our freeholders, regarding service charge and general maintenance, we decided to go for "right to manage". We used a company called Pro-Leagle, based in Croydon, that specialises in this sort of work. They were really helpful and gave us lots of advice on what to do and how to deal with the freeholder. They also came to a residents meeting (they charge a consultation fee for this) to explain the process, how much it would cost etc. In the end they helped us buy share of freehold.


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Posted 16 October 2007 - 03:15 PM

Are there any other recommendations for lease extension specialists, please? Maybe closer to home - or is it like your conveyancing solicitor where it doesn't matter because you never have to be in the same room?

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 10:50 AM


does anyone know of an accountant who could help me with the following.

I live in a house of 3 flats, we all share the freehold, and myself and another couple have just moved in.

The management company has been a bit neglected, but myself and another couple are sorting it out.

But we do not know where to start with regard to submitting the annual accounts?

Has anyone any advice?? It would be much appreciated

Thanks alot

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 12:00 PM

Assuming the Management Company is a registered company you will need to submit accounts annually to Companies House and also an annual return. The accounts must be prepared by a chartered accountant (we pay around 150) and failure to do so can result in fines and worst of all the company can be struck from the register. If that happens the freehold is sold by the crown, usually to speculators, but can be bought by the leaseholders subject to a High Court hearing, I believe.
I have been Company secretary of our Management Company for the past seven years and it is quite a job. Please PM if you'd like more info.
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Posted 20 February 2008 - 01:03 PM

The Companies House website has useful guidance leaflets on it - including this one on Flat Management Companies - http://www.companies....shtml#chapter2 - probably a good place to start

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 08:06 PM

Not many on-line conveyancing firms are leasehold specialists but Fridays have some useful information on lease extensions and service charge disputes.

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 12:31 PM

Interesting article from the BBC: Why flat owners should extend or buy their leases
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