If you would like to join ALEP and are a managing agent, project manager, solicitor or valuer, then we welcome an application from your organisation. Barristers may make an individual application to join. We vet all applicants to ensure a consistently high level of service so that leaseholders and freeholders can contact ALEP members with confidence.
ALEP members are able to register additional office(s) for £180 + VAT per office, per year.
An additional office is one which makes available the services of an enfranchisement professional
full time at the additional site(s) and that the address is an actual (i.e. not virtual) office.
In order to become a member of ALEP, an individual or organisation operating in the enfranchisement sector should already have proven experience of leasehold enfranchisement projects. Membership applications are considered by the Executive Committee on a monthly basis.
Membership is by firm or organisation, rather than on an individual basis, except in the case of a sole trader. Where an individual practises under the trading style of an ‘umbrella’ organisation (such as a ‘cloud based’ law firm) the member is entitled to a listing as an individual member at that organisation on the basis that the organisation itself does not have expertise in the area of enfranchisement but that the individual does.
Members are organisations with staff and/or principals or are individual traders who can show at least two years' experience in leasehold enfranchisement. Members who are managing agents, project managers, solicitors or valuers must be able to show that, on an annual basis, they initiate at least two or more enfranchisement projects totalling at least 20 or more flats (or deal with a similar number of clients by way of lease extensions). They must also have two satisfactory references from clients and fellow practitioners relating to significant completed projects.
Members who are barristers will need to show that they have dealt with at least five cases at an appropriate level relating to enfranchisement in any given year. These may be by way of matters proceeding to a final hearing in the County Court, Higher Courts, First-tier Tribunal or the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) or by way of paper-based advice relating to matters which have settled but which are of a suitable nature to support their application.
Each proposed barrister member will need to provide two supporting references to their application. At least one professional reference will be from an instructing solicitor; the additional reference may be from a surveyor or an instructing solicitor.
Only member firms with a valid subscription are able to use the ALEP logo and are able to attend all members' meetings and events. Member firms have the right to vote on any matters put to the membership for a vote, such as the election of Committee members. In such matters, the named lead contact for the member organisation is responsible for exercising its vote.
However, in relation to elections to the Committee or in relation to matters requiring a vote from member organisations, one vote is allowed per Chambers.
Where an organisation that has proven experience of leasehold enfranchisement projects holds this by virtue of the skills of one or more individuals and all of those individuals leave that organisation (and are not replaced), the organisation itself will cease to meet the requirements of membership of ALEP. In such circumstances the organisation's membership will cease immediately. There is a positive duty on the member organisation to inform ALEP immediately if it no longer qualifies for ALEP membership. Where relevant specialist practitioners have left, the existing member organisation may be asked, by the Executive Committee, to re-submit a membership application together with an appropriate declaration that it still meets the criteria for membership of ALEP.
Where individuals who have the necessary skills and experience move to another organisation, the new organisation may make an application for membership based on the skills and experience of those individuals subject to approval by the Executive Committee. Where such procedures apply, the new firm’s application shall be treated separately and there is shall be no automatic entitlement to membership on such basis.
For further information relating to membership please view the Constitution.
The membership fee for organisations is £450 + VAT. The membership fee for an individual barrister is £150 + VAT. Membership benefits are as follows
Listing on ALEP website
New client leads via enquiries to ALEP
Permission to display ALEP logo on your marketing material and collateral
Substantial discounts on all ALEP events
Regular professional networking events
Voting rights at meetings
Participate in joint marketing activities including exhibitions
Discounts from ALEP affiliates
£450 + VAT
It is a strict condition of membership of ALEP members to accept and undertake to comply with the current Code of Practice. This code requires members to:
In the interests of clients:
Where dealing with private individuals as clients directly, to agree, in writing, the terms of engagement in as detailed a form as is reasonably possible. In particular clarify lines of communication, the fee structure and the categories of other services for which additional fees may be charged, (i.e. "no hidden extras".).
- Deliver services in accordance with the agreed terms of engagement and in compliance with all current applicable legislation, terms of leases, contract documentation and good business practice.
- Maintain adequate records of all transactions.
- Maintain a current insurance policy and/ or practising certificate as appropriate adequately covering the member against proven claims for professional negligence. The minimum monetary value of this policy may be stipulated by the Committee.
- Disclose to relevant parties any existing conflict of interest or any circumstances that may give rise to a conflict of interest and to declare any interest in any contractor or business employed to provide services in connection with the proposed transaction.
- Actively and regularly consult the client or the client's leading representatives as per the terms of engagement before taking major decisions on their behalf.
- Extend a courteous and professional service to freeholders, leaseholders and tenants and to other members of the public.
- Be honest at all times and open and transparent in all dealings and not make false representations.
- Know and act within limitations and be accountable for any recommended course of action. To make only accurate claims about the skills or experience of the organisation or those working within it.
- Ensure that the organisation has and operates a formal procedure for dealing with complaints from a client and from any other person.
In the interests of ALEP:
- Make known and publicise the existence of the Code and provide details of the complaints procedure.
- Provide adequate training to employees and agents, bringing to their attention the contents of this Code of Practice.
- Use the logo or design of ALEP strictly in accordance with the guidelines for the use of that material.
- Not to act in a manner which compromises or impairs, or is likely to compromise or impair the integrity of a member, the reputation of ALEP or the high standards of professional conduct expected of a member.
- Not to place other members in a position where they might unwittingly breach any part of this Code of Practice.
- Not to knowingly misrepresent facts or mislead any client or member concerning any aspect of the services they provide. Respect confidential information to which they may in the course of their business become privy. Subject to point 7 (above) to notify ALEP of any matter that might adversely affect the reputation of the industry or the association.