February 2016

ALEP welcomes new member Cook Taylor Woodhouse

With roots going back over 100 years, Cook Taylor Woodhouse is an independently-owned firm of solicitors with offices in Eltham, Dartford, Bromley and Maidstone.

The firm has a specialist department dealing with lease extensions and collective enfranchisement claims and has assisted hundreds of clients extend the leases of their flats and acquire the freehold of their building.

Cook Taylor Woodhouse offers advice in plain jargon free language at all stages in what can often be a complex process and can assist clients with:-

  • Licences for alterations
  • Licences for subletting
  • Right to Manage

Cook Taylor Woodhouse works closely with valuers and act for Leaseholders and Freeholders.

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December 2015

ALEP and its members successfully influence Government consultation on court fees
ALEP welcomes Yashmin Mistry to the Committee

ALEP welcomes Yashmin Mistry to the Committee

A warm welcome is offered to Yashmin Mistry, who joins ALEP as a solicitor committee member.

John Midgley has stepped down at the end of his term, and ALEP thanks him for his valuable contribution and ongoing suport.

Yashmin is a partner and enfranchisement specialist heading up JPC Law's Property Practice Group.  Her dynamic and driven approach combined with a highly technical and detailed knowledge of property management law have seen her reputation grow as a recognised legal expert and trainer within the industry.

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October 2015

ALEP Autumn Conference is judged the Association’s best yet by delegates

September 2015

ALEP welcomes Res-Prop as its latest member firm

ALEP welcomes Res-Prop as its latest member firm.

Res-Prop is an RICS regulated firm of chartered surveyors specialising in leasehold valuation and consultancy.  The company acts for both leaseholders and freeholders on lease extensions and freehold enfranchisement cases and has in excess of 10 years' experience in the field.  

Res-Prop also has a block management service which is RICS regulated and a member of an property ombudsman scheme.

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ALEP submits response to government consultation on tribunal fees

In early August, the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) became aware of a government consultation being undertaken in relation to proposed increases in tribunal fees.

The consultation - Enhanced fees for divorce, possession claims and general applications in civil proceedings and consultation on further fees proposal - centres on the government’s drive to improve efficiency and modernise HM’s Courts and Tribunal Services, and reduce costs to the taxpayer.

On Tuesday 15 September, ALEP submitted its official response to the consultation (Appendix A), which outlined its concerns in full and rejects, outright, the proposal as it stands on the basis that it is wholly unfair to leaseholders and will firmly strengthen the position of freeholders.


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July 2015



The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) has announced the line up for its Autumn Conference 2015.

The event is being held on Tuesday 20 October at the Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park.

ALEP prides itself on delivering conferences twice a year that are specific and relevant to the leasehold enfranchisement sector and the line-up for this event is no exception.

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ALEP welcomes new member Manuel Swaden Solicitors

ALEP welcomes new member Manuel Swaden Solicitors

Manuel Swaden Solicitors was founded in 1989 and being located in West Hampstead, is within easy reach of the West End and the City. Manuel Swaden specialise in the law relating to Property and Private Client and have earned a reputation of providing top quality legal advice whilst retaining a personal and hands-on approach.

Manuel Swaden currently acts for a number of corporate landlords on large numbers of lease extensions of flats in their various buildings. In addition, the firm has acted for and continues to act for many individual tenants both to extend the terms of their leases and in a number of cases, for groups of tenants in the purchase of their freehold by way of collective enfranchisement.

Partner, Tamara Lester says, "We have developed excellent relationships with surveyors in this field to enable them to offer an exemplary service to their clients and are delighted to have been accepted to join ALEP." 

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June 2015

Training firmly on agenda at ALEP’s Leasehold Roundtable

Training firmly on agenda at ALEP’s Leasehold Roundtable

The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) welcomed senior representatives from the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM), and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) to its bi-annual Leasehold Roundtable in central London. 

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