The Lease Clinic, Comptons’ Leasehold Property department was founded in 2010 by James Compton to exclusively market the firm’s specialism in enfranchisement law to flat owners. Since its launch it has been short listed for a Law Society Award in Excellence and has won an ERMA, the industry awards for Enfranchisement. James was also awarded Highly Commended as an individual practitioner and has podcasts published by the Leasehold Advisory Service.
The Firm have been asked on numerous occasions to contribute towards articles on this subject published in The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Evening Standard, The Independent and News on the Block.
Comptons is a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners and have been involved in a number of high profile cases in the area of lease renewals and enfranchisement which have been reported in Law Reports and Hague (the leading text in this area).
We acted for leaseholders in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords decision in 9 Cornwall Crescent London Ltd v. Kensington and Chelsea Royal London Borough  which clarified the point that a Landlord’s counter notice does not need to state a reasonable premium.
We represented tenants in 5 Felix Avenue Ltd v. Pledream Properties Limited  which clarified that terms of acquisition have to be manifestly agreed.
We acted in the widely reported and controversial case of Cowthorpe Road 1-1A Freehold Limited v. Wahedally CLCC  which held that a Landlord’s Counter Notice cannot be served by email.
We acted for the successful Nominee Purchaser and Respondent in the Upper Tribunal case of Properties AY&U Ltd v. Barham House Freehold Ltd (2022) which held that a Tribunal is not obliged to follow a recent auction sale of the same asset (£91k) when determining value of the same freehold in a LHRUDA 1993 collective claim (price determined at £30k).
The Lease Clinic is passionate about what they do and are proud to work alongside their clients to achieve their goals in this complex area of law.