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James Compton

Partner · Head of Enfranchisement · Leasehold Property

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James Compton

James joined Comptons Solicitors LLP in 2002.

James was named as a “Rising Star” in Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, London 2014 and 2015 directories. He founded Comptons’ Leasehold Property department, Lease Clinic, in 2010 which was shortlisted by the Law Society for a business and marketing award in excellence. The Lease Clinic was also winner of an ERMA, the industry awards for Enfranchisement, with James awarded Highly Commended as an individual practitioner. James has podcasts published by the Leasehold Advisory Service and regularly writes articles on various aspects of property law. James qualified as a Solicitor on 15 January 2004.

James specialises in real estate projects including enfranchisement, group statutory & voluntary lease extensions, issues facing property management and right to manage. He has expertise in company law and regularly advises property companies. His corporate/commercial experience and knowledge facilitates advice on matters such as investment structures for collective enfranchisements and the development of estates.

James became a Partner in 2009 and was appointed the firm’s Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration in 2019. 

James acted for the successful claimant in the controversial and widely reported enfranchisement case of Cowthorpe Road 1-1A Freehold Limited v. Wahedally CLCC (Ch) [2017]. 

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James loves spending time with his daughters, cycling, watching rugby, playing piano (badly) and motor cycling.

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The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Act 2024 has washed up. What does it mean?

On Friday 24th May 2024 the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Act 2024 (“LAFRA”) was given Royal Assent during what is known as the “wash up” and the last parliamentary session of Sunak’s Conservative Government. It follows the Law Commission’s consultation (which started in 2018) which recommended fundamental changes to the valuation methodology and the legal process with a view to making it cheaper and easier for leaseholders to extend their leases and buy their freeholds.

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New Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill – Should I Wait?

The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill is on the horizon, and the Government aims to shake up the leasehold housing market. In the King’s Speech on 7 November 2023, they laid out the plan for this new law, which is intended to simplify and make more affordable the process of leaseholders buying their freehold, extending their leases, taking over management rights, and shielding them from hefty service charges.

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