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Triple Shortlisting for Claire Allan and the Lawrence Stephens’ Leasehold Enfranchisement team

May 2024

Now into its 15th year, the annual Enfranchisement and Rights to Manage Awards has evolved into a prominent event, recognising excellence in the leasehold enfranchisement and right to manage sector.  The eminent and independent judging panel has reviewed all the submissions made and they have now revealed the final shortlist.  This peer-reviewed judging process ensures independent quality in the decision-making. You can view the full list of category judges on the event website here.

As well as the firm being shortlisted in the Solicitors Firm of the Year category, Director and Head of Leasehold Enfranchisement Claire Allan has been personally shortlisted in the Solicitor of the Year and Professional of the Year categories. This triple shortlisting acknowledges Claire and her team’s expertise in advising leaseholders and landlords in this complex field, navigating them through the statutory lease extension or collective enfranchisement process.

Claire’s arrival at the firm has brought together and given focus to work already being undertaken by others through formally establishing the firm’s Leasehold Enfranchisement department. Client feedback confirms the benefit of the enhanced perspective gained by the team through experience of and acting for freeholders, head landlords and tenants.

Claire is actively involved in the real estate market and an active participant in a number of initiatives, including raising awareness of issues identified in the proposed leasehold reform amendments. She mentors and guides less experienced members of the team and more widely through her involvement in industry organisations.

As a consequence of her energy and enthusiasm, the scale and complexity of cases undertaken by her team has increased markedly. Examples include acting for the landlords of a number of West London mansion blocks, head landlords where the freeholder is a significant landed estate, and acting for the tenants on a mid-sized complex collective claim in Covent Garden against a multinational PLC.

The winners will be announced at the awards dinner on 11 July at the Leonardo Royal Hotel, near St Paul’s in London.