ALEP’s first roadshow sees property professionals gather for afternoon of enfranchisement enlightenment

The Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) was proud to present a new-look regional event in Manchester on 7 November 2018. 

Presented by ALEP and hosted by law firm, Irwin Mitchell at its city-centre offices in St Peter’s Square, the event brought together more than 60 professionals from Manchester’s property scene including enfranchisement solicitors and valuers, managing agents, portfolio owners and developers.  

The common aim for all who attended was to learn more about forthcoming changes to legislation that will likely affect the leasehold enfranchisement sector over the coming months.  


The half-day session was presented by Jeremy Raj and Chris Baker, both Partners at Irwin Mitchell. The expert panel included:  

  • Leigh Shapiro, Partner at Irwin Mitchell, who provided a succinct and engaging round up on current consultations 

  • Mark Loveday, Barrister at Tanfield Chambers and ALEP Executive Committee Member who presented a recent case update 

  • Mike Tibbatts, Valuer and ALEP Executive Committee Member, who hosted a session on the roles of valuers and solicitors and highlighted the importance of working together as a team  

Leigh Shapiro commented: “The enfranchisement team at Irwin Mitchell were really pleased to be able to work with ALEP to host its first regional conference to take the conversation about leasehold matters outside of London, and particularly to the north of the country where the number of leasehold properties is particularly high. 

“From the feedback we have received, the importance of keeping up to date on both the current law and the radical proposed changes to the leasehold system tops the agenda of many involved in the leasehold sector. This was highlighted both by the number of attendees who joined us and the interest they showed in the presentations and debate which followed. 

“Indeed, the panel session confirmed there is an interesting discussion to be had about the future of the leasehold system, and that changes need to be considered carefully – what may seem like a good idea may have unforeseen consequences for both leaseholders and freeholders.”  

Anna Bailey, Co-Founder and Director of ALEP, said: “We are delighted with the success of this regional event. ALEP continues to be at the forefront of education, debate and discussion and we look forward to holding our next session in Bath in March 2019 and hosted by ALEP member, Royds Withy King..”  


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