Coole Bevis LLP Expand Specialist Residential Leasehold Practice

Posted By: on 11th January 2024 | Category: Leasehold Enfranchisement & Disputes

Coole Bevis LLP strengthen their specialist national Residential Leasehold Department with the appointment of Adam Davis, Partner and Anna Davis, Solicitor.

Adam joined the firm as a Partner in December 2023 having previously headed up a successful leasehold team at a boutique central London firm. Anna Davis joined the team in January 2024 following the successful completion of her training contract with the firm, where she gained experience in this area of law.

Since qualifying in 2017, Adam has specialised in the highly niche area of Leasehold Enfranchisement law and brings a wealth of experience representing both landlord and tenant clients in all areas of enfranchisement.

Prior to private practice, Adam worked in the public sector for the Legal Aid Agency (formerly the Legal Services Commission) as a procurement specialist, where he developed and implemented the tendering framework for the procurement of legal aid contracts in the areas of crime and certain civil categories.

Adam and Anna join an established team at Coole Bevis LLP which is headed by Jonathan Everett, Partner, who has specialised in advising on leasehold enfranchisement and leasehold disputes for over 25 years. The Department advise freehold landlords, leaseholders and Right to Manage (RTM) and Resident Management companies.

Adam commented, “I am excited to work with Jonathan and utilise the knowledge, experience and relationships I have gained over the last six years. My commercial background in the procurement process for legal services, together with the robust relationships I have built with a number of fellow leasehold experts including accredited valuers and specialist barristers, assists me in formulating the most pragmatic and risk-averse outcomes for my clients. This network also affords me a very informed and practical take on the ever-changing legislative landscape of this area of law, which I can incorporate into my advice and wider client care.”

Jonathan said, “I am delighted to welcome Adam and Anna to the Residential Leasehold Department and as we begin 2024 am very positive about the future of the team. Adam and Anna’s arrival further strengthens the experience and knowledge that has been built up over many years and will enable us to grow our offering.”

“Recent legislative changes including the Building Safety Act 2022 and The Leasehold Reform Act (Ground Rent) Act 2022 together with other proposed reforms have created a great deal of uncertainty for block managing agents, landlords and tenants. I am very proud that Coole Bevis LLP have a specialist team that can offer advice in this highly specialist and increasingly complex area of law.”

About the Residential Leasehold Department at Coole Bevis LLP

The Residential Leasehold Department specialise in advising freehold landlords (with portfolio’s that range from one flat to over 500), block managing agents, leaseholders, Right to Manage (RTM) and Resident Management companies (RMC).

The services offered include:

  • “Statutory” lease extension claims under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (often called “statutory claims)
  • “Non-statutory” lease extensions where terms are agreed between the freehold landlord and the leaseholder
  • Collective enfranchisement (i.e. purchase of freehold) claims under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993
  • Right to manage claims under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002
  • Rights of first refusal (i.e. where the freehold landlord is looking to sell the property) under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.
  • Service charge and administration charge recovery/disputes.
  • Breaches of covenant (e.g. unauthorised alterations or short-term sub-letting).
  • Property management issues, including the Building Safety Act 2022 and fire safety
  • Forfeiture of leases.
  • Applications to vary lease terms, appoint a manager or for an acquisition order under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.
  • Advice upon the interpretation of terms in a lease.

For further information on the Residential Leasehold Department please contact Jonathan Everett on jonathan.everett@coolebevisllp.com or 01903 534505.

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