Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) and ALEP increase help for Leaseholders
LEASE is pleased to announce the addition of seven new firms volunteering to provide out of hours advice to help leaseholders.
Speaking about this important development LEASE’s Chief Executive, Anthony Essien, said:
“We want to offer leaseholders with questions about enfranchisement and lease extensions free telephone advice that goes beyond the normal 9 to 5 offer, and for that reason we started this service with ALEP’s help. The volunteers are providing professional and impartial advice on a pro bono basis and I am delighted that JPC Law, Child and Child, Dean Wilson LLP, Penningtons Manches, Piper Smith Watton, Streathers and Wilson Barca and Coles Miller have decided to volunteer their time and expertise and join Seddons, Bishop & Sewell, SA Law and Sykes Anderson in helping leaseholders solve their problems. I look forward to welcoming our new volunteers from ALEP at their induction into this service and its quality processes, and to seeing LEASE continue to develop and help more people.”
Mark Chick is a director of ALEP and a partner at Bishop & Sewell LLP, one of the participant firms. He was instrumental in setting up the scheme and comments:
"We are delighted that ALEP has been able to support LEASE in this way and is helping to provide complimentary out of hours assistance to flat owners, who might not otherwise be able to obtain initial advice in relation to enfranchisement issues. Our members have been keen to support this initiative, which has been in development over the last year and is now moving to its next phase. I am pleased to report that the five current scheme members, of which Bishop & Sewell LLP is one, have been joined by seven more; this follows a call for more participants made at our Spring Conference. We look forward to working with LEASE to ensure the continued growth of this project."