Bishop & Sewell strengthens Leasehold Enfranchisement Team


New Senior Associate Solicitor, Stephen Charnock, joins the firm in our Landlord & Tenant team.

Stephen specialises in Leasehold Enfranchisement and has more than 20 years’ experience in this complex area of law. Stephen dealt with some of the very first claims when the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act was enacted in 1993 introducing new enfranchisement rights for leaseholders of residential flats. He is a recognised expert and has acted in a number of leading cases decided in the appellate courts and tribunals and in hundreds of cases before valuation tribunals.

As a member of Bishop & Sewell’s Landlord & Tenant team, Stephen will continue to act for established landlords and a wide range of tenants, be they owner occupiers, investors or developers in contentious and non-contentious matters. His extensive experience in acting for landlords has given Stephen valuable insight and perspective when acting for tenants.

Stephen’s broader experience includes long residential leases, tenants’ rights of pre-emption, tenants’ right to manage, protected, secure, tied and market tenancies and estate management. He has advised landed London Estates including the Wellcome Trust’s South Kensington Estate, the Portman Estate and the Cadogan Estate.

Mark Chick, Partner, Landlord & Tenant at Bishop & Sewell commented:

“I am delighted that Stephen has joined the Landlord & Tenant team and his significant experience and expertise in Leasehold Enfranchisement complements our existing team and client base.”

Stephen’s recruitment follows on the back of a busy 2016 for Bishop & Sewell with five senior hires made last year: William Twidale (Partner – Litigation, Contentious Trusts), Philip Rutter (Partner – Family), David Little (Partner – Company Commercial), Jeremy Sivyer (Senior Corporate Consultant – Company Commercial) and Stephanie Thomas (Partner – Litigation & Head of International Law).

The firm also recently promoted Levent Chetinkaya (Residential Property) and Michael Kashis (Company Commercial) to Partner and Charlotte Archer (Residential Property) and Senal Patel (Commercial Property) to Associate Solicitor.

These new hires and promotions bring Bishop & Sewell’s team of solicitors to 32, whose full service remit runs across three core areas of Property, Commercial and Private Client.

View Stephen’s profile here.


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