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August 2016

ARMA announces new Independent Regulator

ARMA announces new Independent Regulator

ARMA (the Association of Residential Managing Agents) is delighted to announce the appointment of former government minister Sally Keeble as its new Independent Regulator. Sally will chair the Regulatory Panel which oversees ARMA members and determines disciplinary outcomes of cases involving member firms.

 ARMA is the leading trade association for residential leasehold managing agents in England and Wales. It works to achieve the highest standards of leasehold property management and campaigns for improvements in legislation and policy for the benefit of consumers. The Regulator and Panel are operationally independent of ARMA and the Association has no power to intervene in its affairs.

As government minister Sally had responsibility for social exclusion and housing and has enjoyed a varied and highly successful career in senior positions, including council leader of the London Borough of Southwark. As a minister Sally took the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 through Parliament, and most recently held a senior role in international development.

Current Independent Regulator, the Rt Hon Keith Hill, said: “The calibre of applicants as exceptionally high and Sally is expertly placed to take over a role which is crucial for the standing and integrity of the independent status of the Panel.”

Sally will take up the appointment in November 2016 when Keith stands down after three years in the role.

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Hart Brown joins ALEP

Hart Brown Solicitors have been established since 1919 and now have 16 partners and over 110 staff across 6 offices in Surrey and London. Hart Brown have a reputation for delivering quality legal services with their clients at the heart of everything they do. Hart Brown have recently appointed Emily Fitzpatrick as head of their new Leasehold Enfranchisement Department and she joins as a partner of the firm.  Emily has almost 11 years experience in the enfranchisement and lease reform sector. She won Regional Professional of the Year in the Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards 2015 run by News on the Block and was a finalist in the Solicitor of the Year category in the 2016 awards. Emily was also listed in the 2015 Hot 100 most influential people in the leasehold reform sector 2015 by News on the Block.

Hart Brown can assist with matters relating to collective enfranchisement, lease extensions, right to manage claims, claims involving missing landlords, right of first refusals issues, service charges disputes and other management issues.

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Congratulations to Jefferies Essex LLP - Property Team of the Year!

Congratulations to Jefferies Essex LLP - Property Team of the Year!

Jefferies Essex LLP – one of the latest firms to join ALEP - has been named Property Team of the Year at The Modern Law Conveyancing Awards 2016.  

The awards, which were held in Liverpool on 14 July, recognise law firms and conveyancing experts across the UK. 

Sarah Mitchell, Managing Partner, Jefferies Solicitors, commented “This is a fantastic achievement for Jefferies and the whole firm is incredibly proud of our leasehold enfranchisement team.  I would like to praise our Leasehold Specialists, Amelia Hayes and Callie Tuplin, for all the work they do within this area of law; their expertise, passion and dedication have shone through and resulted in national recognition.”  

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July 2016

ALEP announces autumn conference line-up

ALEP announces autumn conference line-up

ALEP's autumn conference is taking place on Monday 10 October 2016 at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Portland Place, London W1B 1AD.

Anna Bailey, Director of ALEP, said: “Once again we are looking forward to hosting an exceptional line up of speakers delivering insightful presentations on all aspects of leasehold.  This conference will also provide delegates with greater opportunities for debate and discussion on current issues with their peers and leading lights in the sector.

“ALEP’s Honorary President, Damian Greenish will be hosting this our 19th conference, with guest speakers from Knight Frank, Tanfield Chambers and Devereaux Chambers” taking to the RIBA stage.

Presentation subjects include:

  • Taxation issues on freehold acquisitions and lease extensions
  • London residential market overview
  • Leasehold case update
  • A review of statistical methods of assessing relativity

The autumn conference will also see the return of the breakout sessions, which are back by popular demand. These sessions provide delegates with the chance to learn more about and debate the finer details surrounding the Leasehold Reform Act 1967, the Leasehold Reform (Amendment) Act 2014, Section 5 notices and the importance of robust terms and conditions in professional practice.

Guests will also be invited to join the hosts for a complimentary drinks reception immediately after the conference.

The conference is open to members and non-members and delegates who book by Friday 16 September 2016 will be honoured with a 20% discount.

For more information and details on how to book please visit http://www.alep.org.uk/events

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ALEP celebrates 200th member milestone

The ALEP is proud to announce Leasehold Assist has joined as its 200th member.

Leasehold Assist is a firm of Chartered Surveyors specialising in the valuation and negotiation of residential lease extensions and freehold purchases throughout England and Wales.

Created in 2007 by Alex Greenslade and Anna Bailey of Leasehold Solutions, ALEP set out to bring together organisations working within the leasehold enfranchisement sector to promote best practice and provide a badge of assurance for leaseholders and freeholders.  Member firms include barristers, managing agents, project managers, solicitors, and valuers, and all undergo a thorough vetting process prior to becoming members.

Alex Greenslade, Founder and Director of ALEP, said, “The signing of our 200th member is proof that the Association we set up almost ten years ago is thriving and going from strength to strength. We are proud to have built a network of steadfast member firms that lead the field in their profession and represent excellence within the leasehold and enfranchisement sector.”

ALEP has attracted many of the sector’s big players, including Knight Frank, Savills and Pemberton Greenish. ALEP’s members offer unbiased, qualified advice to leaseholders and freeholders alike. ALEP also aims to raise awareness about issues leaseholders may face.

Director, Anna Bailey, said, “We are delighted to welcome our 200th landmark member to the Association. ALEP’s main aim is to act as a kitemark and maintain standards within the leasehold enfranchisement sector. We’ve experienced continual growth over the last ten years and are thrilled that ALEP is recognised as being at the forefront of leasehold enfranchisement.”

Last year marked another significant achievement for ALEP and its members, as the Association successfully influenced a government consultation on court fees and in 2014 lobbied the government over leasehold reform, which resulted in the amendment to the Act.

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Nockolds Solicitors joins ALEP

Nockolds Solicitors is a long established professional legal practice with roots tracing back to 1831. Since that time the firm has continued to grow and adapt with society to become an award-winning and recommended law firm. The firm has expanded as a business according to the wishes of the clients and Nockolds is proud to work locally, nationally and internationally with offices in Bishop’s Stortford and London. Nockolds is able to offer tailored and cost effective advice to landlords and tenants on all aspects of enfranchisement claims and matters affecting mixed use buildings.

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June 2016

ALEP welcomes Jefferies Solicitors to the Association

Jefferies Essex LLP, a law firm based in Southend-on-Sea and London, has been providing clients with high quality legal services since 1898.

Jefferies, with over 15 years of combined experience in all aspects of Leasehold Enfranchisement, provides both landlord and tenants alike with invaluable jargon-free legal advice and support throughout the process. Not only does the team secure lease extensions and collective enfranchisement claims for their clients, but it also assists and consults clients to create counter-arguments in response to cost issues and tribunals.

Jefferies is Lexcel accredited for providing excellent standards of both practice management and client care. Its Leasehold Team has developed a reputation as trusted specialists within the local area by both the general public and fellow leasehold professionals.

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ALEP celebrates record-breaking success at industry awards

ALEP celebrates record-breaking success at industry awards

ALEP and its members are celebrating following a momentous evening at this year’s eagerly-awaited Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards (ERMAs), which took place last night.

2016’s nominations saw ALEP members make up 93% of the finalists, being shortlisted in nine out of 10 categories and scooping eight awards in 10 categories!

ALEP member accolades included:

Solicitor of the Year – Mark Chick, ALEP Director, Bishop & Sewell;

Solicitors Firm of the Year – Pemberton Greenish;

Barrister of the Year – Philip Rainey QC from Tanfield Chambers;

Chambers of the Year – Tanfield Chambers;

Expert Witness of the Year – John Byers, LBB Chartered Surveyors;

Valuers of the Year – Savills;

Young Professional of the Year – Rachel George of Bircham Dyson Bell;

Regional Professional of the Year – Roger Hardwick of Brethertons.

ALEP Director, Anna Bailey, who attended this year’s ceremony, said: “What a fantastic evening! We are delighted for the members who were acknowledged for the work they do for the leasehold and enfranchisement sector.

“We are heading towards ALEP’s 10th anniversary and the awards are a testament to the calibre of the members that make up the organisation – we are so very proud of all those who were nominated and won awards.”

Held at the prestigious Hurlingham Club in London, the ERMAs celebrated professional excellence in the enfranchisement sector.

Take a look at the ALEP members who were praised at this year’s awards:

 Highly commended

  • Solicitor of the Year category – Anna Favre, Pemberton Greenish and Simon Masters of CG Naylor
  • Solicitors Firm of the Year – Bishop & Sewell and CMS Cameron McKenna
  • Expert Witness of the Year – Einar Roberts of Cluttons
  • Valuer of the Year – Prosper Marr-Johnson of Marr-Johnson Stevens
  • Valuers of the Year – Cluttons and myleasehold
  • Young Professional of the Year – George Calvert of Pemberton Greenish and Iris-Ann Stapleton of Streathers
  • Regional Professional of the Year – Leasehold team of Thackray Williams and Tim Morgan of ODT Solicitors

 Outstanding achievement award

Tony Radevsky, Falcon Chambers 

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Estate agents treated to ALEP's leasehold masterclass

Estate agents treated to ALEP's leasehold masterclass

On 2nd June 2016, ALEP directors Alex Greenslade and Mark Chick gave delegates a crash course in leasehold enfranchisement at the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) London Masterclass.

Alex and Mark delivered ALEP’s presentation ‘An introduction to leasehold enfranchisement’’ to more than 50 estate agent delegates at the International Coffee Organisation in London.

The presentation focussed on key points all estate agents should know, including how a lease length can seriously affect the price of a property and how this can sometimes delay (or even derail) a sale. Tips on how to deal with tricky freeholders, management problems and lease length vs. mortgageability were also presented to delegates.

Alex Greenslade commented: “ALEP’s ethos is to promote best practice amongst its associates.

Leasehold legislation can be a complex issue, so the NAEA masterclass provided us with an opportunity to highlight key issues about leasehold and how certain factors can affect agents’ negotiations.”

Mark Chick said: “We had great feedback from delegates about the presentation and many thanked us for putting a spotlight on informal lease extensions and valuation issues.” 

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ALEP members sweep nominations at 2016 ERMAs

ALEP members sweep nominations at 2016 ERMAs

In what promises to be a record-breaking year for ALEP, we’re delighted that our members make up an incredible 93% of finalists at the prestigious Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards (ERMAs).

ALEP members have been shortlisted in nine out of the 10 categories for the industry’s leading enfranchisement awards:

  • Solicitor of the year
  • Solicitors firm of the year
  • Barrister of the year
  • Chambers of the year
  • Expert witness of the year
  • Valuer of the year
  • Valuers of the year
  • Young professional of the year
  • Regional professional of the year
  • Outstanding achievement award (to be announced on the night)

 Alex Greenslade, ALEP’s Director, said: “We are delighted that 40 out of the 43 nominations are member firms and individuals associated with ALEP, and that they’ve been recognised for the high standard of work they deliver in the leasehold and enfranchisement sector. I would like to congratulate them on behalf of the Association for all they have achieved and look forward to the ceremony.”

 The hotly-anticipated industry awards, which celebrate professional excellence in the enfranchisement industry, will take place on 8th June at The Hurlingham Club, London.

 Take a look at the finalists here and good luck to all of our members on the night! 

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