Introduction to Leasehold Enfranchisement

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Course Overview

Leasehold enfranchisement is a complex and specialist area of the law. This course is primarily aimed at lawyers with little or no experience in this area of practice. Delivered by experienced lecturer and practitioner Stephen Desmond, this course will provide viewers with a basic introduction to, and grounding in, the key issues associated with leasehold enfranchisement. During Part 1, the following topics will be considered: What property and interests can be acquired, and by whom Premises in mixed use Which tenants qualify? Nominee purchaser and participating tenants Outline of procedure Preliminary notices Participation agreements The initial notice - required contents, service, inaccuracies Registration of initial notice Right of access for valuation Reversioner's right to require evidence tenant’s entitlement During Part 2, the following topics will be considered: Counter-notice – including counter proposals Applications to court or tribunal Agreement as to terms of acquisition Missing freeholders Withdrawal of initial notice Components of the purchase price, including for intermediate leasehold interests Liability for landlord’s costs Terms of transfer Leasebacks Estate management schemes

What are the requirements?

  • Watch 2 CPD Hours
  • This course provides 2 CPD points (depending on length of time spent considering the discussion questions and completing the evaluation form)

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will have a greater understanding of the topics detailed above and feel more confident when undertaking cases involving leasehold enfranchisement.

What is the target audience?



About Instructor - Stephen Desmond

Stephen Desmond has been delivering training for over 15 years during which time he has delivered more than 1,800 CPD events to lawyers from a variety of backgrounds. Delegates at these events have included practitioners from a variety of size of firms, ranging from sole practitioners to City Solicitors. 

Stephen is a contributing editor to Butterworths Property Law Service, published by Lexis Nexis, writing on the complex law relating to long and short leases.  He writes for the Solicitors Group on the subject of commercial property. 
He has run a university-accredited distance-learning course for aspiring paralegals in the subject of residential conveyancing.

A former practicing Solicitor with several years post-qualification experience, Stephen has represented many business and private clients, including property investors and local authorities.

Course Curriculum

recorded webinars

  • part 1
  • Part 2
  • part 3


  • Notes
    8 Page
  • Evaluation
    1 Page


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