I am a Solicitor in the Residential Property department, specialising in a niche area of law relating to Leasehold Enfranchisement. This includes lease extensions and collective enfranchisement actions by groups of leaseholders in a block to compel their landlord to sell the freehold of their block to the flat owners. I act for both Landlords and for flat owners, relating to properties mainly in London and the south of England.
I lead our enfranchisement team and have recently secured membership of the firm with ALEP (the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners) – meaning Trethowans LLP is now recognised as a proven specialist in this field of work.
Always prompt, efficient and friendly. Client
Areas of Expertise
One of the most urgent lease extension claims I have made recently was for a flat owner who had a lease of a flat in London that was about to drop below 80 years remaining (meaning the client would pay thousands more for a lease extension after that point). I was instructed on a Thursday morning, had the Claim Notice prepared and approved by the client the next day, subject to valuation advice. The valuation advice was received on the Tuesday afternoon, and the Landlord was personally served with the Claim Notice on the Wednesday morning (in plenty of time to ensure the client did not pay the extra few thousand pounds).
On another occasion, I acted entirely separately in assigning the benefit of a statutory lease extension to a client’s buyer; a task which neither the client’s selling conveyancer nor the buyer’s conveyancer were able to carry out. The seller could sell then property without first having to carrying out the 6+ month lease extension process before selling and the buyer got to take over the lease extension claim once they owned the property.
What others say
“I just wanted to thank you, once again, for your efforts and perseverance in getting the lease extension and sale completed and, of course, for your professional guidance which proved to be spot-on from the outset. As you can imagine, it is a great relief to me to be able to get this resolved.” – Client
“Laura Russell has been excellent and I am extremely pleased with her work.” – Client
Away from the office
Away from the office I enjoy walks in the countryside, trips abroad, and going to the gym.