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Enfranchisement, Lease Extensions and the Right to Manage

The team at Dean Wilson have been advising on these technical areas of property law since they were first introduced over 20 years ago. With this vast wealth of experience, we have the technical knowledge to guide you through any issues you encounter. Whether you are extending your lease, collectively buying your freehold, or wish to self-manage your block of flats, our specialist property lawyers will provide you with personalised solutions.

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Enfranchisement, Lease Extensions and the Right to Manage

We simplify matters and find resolutions to what can sometimes be a lengthy, but is ultimately a rewarding, process. Working closely with the valuation experts and regularly dealing with Tribunals, we are also specialists in missing-landlord cases and tribunal appointed managers.

Call one of our Partners to discuss your property and to see what we can achieve for you.

Claire Whiteman Dean Wilson

Claire Whiteman

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Claire Whiteman Dean Wilson

Claire Whiteman

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Areas of Specialism

Claire’s expertise is in property related disputes, landlord and tenant matters, and enfranchisement matters.

Claire’s clients include commercial and private landlords, property agents, tenants’ associations, trusts and other commercial entities in the leisure and retail sector nationwide. Her work is derived almost entirely from recommendations.

She is recommended in Chambers & Partner.  Claire has a good eye for those all-important details, undertakes advocacy and has a practical working relationship with other professionals. Her strong belief in looking after her clients' best interests is her motivating force.

Qualifications, Membership 

  • Solicitor
  • Member of the Property Litigation Association
  • Member of ALEP
  • Chambers & Partner recommended solicitor 2024 (ranked for 9 years) 

Claire can be contacted by email: clw@deanwilson.co.uk 

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Lily Hossani Dean Wilson

Lily Hossini

Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

Lily Hossani Dean Wilson

Lily Hossini

Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

Areas of Specialism

Lily is a Solicitor in the firm’s Dispute Resolution department, specialising in Landlord and Tenant matters. She assists with leasehold disputes, lease extensions (both statutory and informal), freehold acquisitions (both collective enfranchisement and first right of refusal claims), right to manage claims, licences for alterations and deeds of variation. 

Qualifications, Membership & Directory Rankings

  • Law Degree, LLB Hons
  • Legal Practice Course, LPC
  • Law, Business and Management, MSc

Memberships

Dean Wilson is a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (“ALEP”). ALEP promotes best practice by vetting organisations to ensure a consistently high level of service so that leaseholders and freeholders can contact ALEP members with confidence.

Lily can be contacted by email: LSH@deanwilson.co.uk or on her direct dial: 01273 032326 

Lily is assisted by Faye Cann, Paralegal within the Dispute Resolution department. Faye’s contact details are - email: FCC@deanwilson.co.uk  and direct dial: 01273 032353.

Faye Cann Dean Wilson

Faye Cann

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

Faye Cann Dean Wilson

Faye Cann

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

Areas of Specialism

Faye is a paralegal specialising in Lease extensions and enfranchisements. Faye deals with matters such as Deeds of Covenant, Licences to Assign and Notices of Transfer and works closely with Claire Whiteman and Lisa Osborne.

Qualifications, Membership & Directory Rankings

  • Faye is currently studying with CILEX alongside her work
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Shannon McCarthy-Franklin

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

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Shannon McCarthy-Franklin

Paralegal, Dispute Resolution

Areas of Specialism

 

Shannon is a Paralegal in the Dispute Resolution Department working specifically with matters related to Land including transfers of whole or part property and Land Registry applications. Shannon has experience dealing with matters concerning Lease extensions, Notices of Transfer and Charge and Deeds of Covenant.

 

Qualifications

  • Final year Law with Business LLB student at University of Sussex
  • Studying LPC and LLM with University of Law in September 2024

 

 

Recent Client Matters

  • Block Lease extensions 
  • Post-completion matters, e.g. Notice of Transfer and Charge 
  • Transfers of Land 

 

Shannon can be contacted by email: smf@deanwilson.co.uk or on direct dial: 01273 032314

Enfranchisement, Lease Extensions and the Right to Manage

Our Property solicitors in Brighton can help with:

As a member of The Association of Leasehold Estate Practitioners, we have considerable experience in relation to enfranchisement matters and have been advising since the introduction of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993. We can provide cost-effective and clear advice to see you through this minefield. Our experienced team act for both landlords and leaseholders and work closely with property valuers. We can also provide considered advice on any alternatives to enfranchisement.

If you wish to extend your lease or as a landlord you have received an application from a leaseholder to extend their lease, we can, with our considerable experience, provide you with clear and concise advice to steer you through the process. Whether advising on appropriate terms to include in a lease or to achieve a speedy outcome, we provide clear guidance on the alternatives available to you and the likely cost of each to enable you to make an informed decision.

Leaseholders of blocks of flats (as well as converted properties) have a right in most circumstances to acquire the management of their building. The process is however complicated and, if not carried out correctly, can result in a failed claim. We advise both landlords and tenants on Right to Manage applications and can deal with the majority of the process on a fixed-fee basis. Please do telephone us for a quote.

Missing landlords can include not only landlords who are simply untraceable but also companies which may have been dissolved and multiple freeholders where perhaps one or two of them cannot be traced. We have considerable experience to guide you through the process of acquiring your freehold or to resolve the issue concerning the missing person in a cost-effective way. We will be more than happy to discuss your situation with you and to run through the likely costs of the various alternatives at an early stage.

Sometimes even well-intentioned managers, whether they are individuals, companies or managing agents, get it wrong. If the matter truly cannot be resolved, then a Tribunal has the power to appoint managers in certain situations, provided the pre-action procedure is followed. We can guide you through this complex area, having successfully applied for the appointment of managers on numerous occasions as well as defending applications for the appointment of managers.

If you wish to pursue such a matter or you are faced with this type of application, then please do speak to our experienced team at an early stage for a detailed cost estimate and advice as to the way forward.

We really appreciate your handling of this as do the lessees. They are so delighted that we engaged with you.

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