Flat tenants in certain circumstances have the right to band together and acquire the freehold of the blocks in which they live. However, as a High Court decision showed , the process of doing so is replete with legal pitfalls and those who fail to take...
Founded in 1953 as a commercial practice based in the City of London, acting primarily for commercial and property development clients, we were originally known as Harold Benjamin & Collins.
Sustained growth throughout the 1970s enabled us to establish offices in Harrow, South Harrow, Ruislip and Highgate but, in order to best serve the specialist needs of our expanding client base, we consolidated our resources into one single location and, in 1990, moved to north-west London.
Further growth has come about as a result of a series of mergers.
In the late 1990s, we took in by way of merger the commercial practice of Tomkins Boddy & Co and the property development practice of Cawthorns.
In 2000, we were joined by Littlejohn & Co which gave further strength and depth to our litigation department.
In 2013, we were joined by Jonathan S Rose, adding strength and depth to our existing core real estate offering and subsequently Ireland Abrahams who have added strength to our private client services.
In 2015, we returned to central London with the opening of an office at 48 Queen Anne Street, W1, with the acquisition of Pearson Lowe, a long-standing and well-regarded firm specialising primarily in working with high net worth individuals both in the UK and overseas. The new office has further raised the profile of the firm regionally, nationally and internationally and allows us to work in more flexible ways to better serve our client base.
In 2015, John Townsend, one of the country’s leading and most well-known commercial property auctioneers, joined us to head up the firm’s new Auction Advisory Service and the firm continues in growth in all practice areas to meet the needs of our clients.
We are now widely acknowledged as being one of the UK’s leading law firms specialising in national and regional residential and commercial property development.
We are noted for applying progressive, innovative and dynamic thinking to meet the needs of our national and international clients and take an active interest in the development of our clients’ business, priding ourselves on the provision of the very highest levels of legal service as well as our approachability which has become our hallmark.
We are accredited members of the relevant professional bodies designed to ensure the firm uses best procedures and we use an intelligent, interactive risk management tool for conveyancers, supported by the Council for Mortgage Lenders and recommended by insurers. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulating Authority. We are accredited by the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme and we are members of ALEP, The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners. We undertake all property searches using online providers and register properties electronically with the Land Registry documents online service both saving our clients time and money. We ensure we are on the approved panel of solicitors for most mortgage lenders which means we can act on their behalf too.
If you would like to speak to us about our services please call us on:
020 8422 5678