Buying Your Freehold


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Freehold acquisition, or “collective enfranchisement”, is a group activity whereby a certain number of leaseholders in a block come together to purchase their freehold. It is also a highly technical and specialised process, in which we have extensive expertise that sets us apart from other property law firms.

Some of the key features of collective enfranchisement, and a broad outline of the process, are summarised on our comprehensive factsheet (request your free copy today by emailing leasehold@bishopandsewell.co.uk).

Naturally, we always take care to identify and address any specific technical points unique to your individual case.

We know our way around the enfranchisement process better than most, from initial consultation all the way through to successful completion. Alongside our legal expertise, we can offer plenty of practical guidance and the assistance needed to ensure that your claim does not lose momentum (which is often challenging when coordinating a group of leaseholders). We might also be able to help you identify an investor, if needed, to fund any gap in the cost of buying the freehold, or a surveyor suitable to undertake the valuation work.

For practical advice to do with any aspect of buying your freehold, contact one of our experts today. If you would like to receive a copy of our briefing note on collective enfranchisement, just send a quick email to leasehold@bishopandsewell.co.uk.

How we can help you buy your freehold

  • Initial advice about whether your building qualifies for collective enfranchisement
  • Checking and reporting on the legal title to assist your surveyor
  • Helping you with valuation advice in the early stages of the collective enfranchisement application
  • Advice regarding, and if necessary drafting, a “participation agreement” setting out how the collective enfranchisement costs will be borne amongst the participants
  • Drafting and serving the necessary notices
  • Referring, where necessary, any dispute about value to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)
  • Advising in relation to the ownership and use of any relevant basement or vault
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Who to contact


For more information the following lawyers will be able to help with Buying Your Freehold.

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Mark Chick
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Chris Macartney
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Stephen Charnock
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