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Flat Owners and Managers

We have a large and experienced specialist team dedicated to advising and assisting property managers, freeholders and flat owners in relation to blocks of flats, plus we have lectured extensively to property managers. 

We work closely with many firms of managing agents and resident managing companies throughout the country. We can offer a quick and cost effective service in relation to all aspects of the law regarding blocks of flats and in particular:

  • Service charge recovery and lease enforcement
  • The collective right to purchase the freehold
  • The collective right to manage the block
  • Lease extensions
  • Variations of Leases
  • Lease forfeiture
  • Tribunal and court representation

For many years, we have been recommended for Property Litigation by the well respected clients guide to the best law firms, the Legal 500, with a particular mention for Mark Timberlake, our Managing Partner.

Mark Timberlake explains complex issues in understandable terms” and is “excellent in really difficult situation”.

For further advice on any issues regarding flats please contact one of our team today to see how we can help.

 

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    Rob Kelly

    Senior Associate — Dispute Resolution

    Direct dial: 01202 755217

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    • “A first choice for truly contentious Litigation in Automotive and Asset Finance and Leasing. His pure skill in tricky work wins through time and again and adds real value compared with the so called 'top tier' litigators. Truly capable, amenable and commercially minded business partners, the 'master chessmen' of their specialty.”

      Paul Maxted, previously the In house Legal Adviser and Company Secretary nearly 20 years, all Financial Services related companies in UK for Daimler, Mercedes-Benz

    • “I have had the pleasure of working with several members of the team at Laceys regularly over a period of years. I found Rob Kelly in particular, who worked on a successful litigation case for me over a period of several years to be outstanding in all aspects of the work he undertook, and the manner in which he did it. I now consider him a friend. I would not - and have not - hesitated to recommend Laceys to my family and friends, and continue to use them for all legal matters.”

      Dan Collins

    • “ I just wanted to thank you for your great work on the professional negligence case and other cases you have represented Indian Ocean and Tiien through the last few years.”

      Mehdi Vahdati, Director and Proprietor - Indian Ocean (Bournemouth) Limited

    • “I've worked with a fair few lawyers over the years and Rob Kelly is the most on the ball and efficient lawyers I've ever come across. I'm looking forward to working together for many years to come.”

      Roger Woodall, CEO - Diamond Sporting Group

    Rob is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (September 2009).  Rob also holds an LLB (Hons) degree in law.  He successfully completed training as a mediator under the ADR Chambers / Harvard Law Project Scheme and was one of the first mediators to have been appointed an IMI Certified Mediation Advocate in the UK with a commercial practice.

    Rob specialises in dispute resolution through litigation, arbitration and mediation, with particular emphasis on contractual disputes, claims involving allegations of professional negligence (which he has prosecuted on behalf of commercial and private clients and defended on behalf of insurers, re-insurers and Lloyd’s syndicates). He is regularly instructed in connection with substantial disputes involving contractual, professional negligence, contentious probate issues.  Rob also deals with contentious property and landlord and tenant issues.

    Rob’s style is a mix of listening, asking (tough) questions, diplomacy and reality testing. He’s interested, flexible, and pragmatic. He offers a common sense, realistic approach to assist his clients in searching for solutions to their disputes and brings straight talking and integrity to his work.

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    Mark Timberlake

    Managing Partner — Dispute Resolution

    Direct dial: 01202 755200

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    • “The advice Mark gave was very good value for money and the combination of strictly accurate legal advice and common sense were exactly what I needed.”

      Nick Stocks. Director, Spitfire Court Properties Ltd.

    • “Mark Timberlake is an exceptional solicitor. He has a huge depth of knowledge in his speciality and looks after his clients in a very kind and patient manner. Mark is unfailingly courteous and always a pleasure to deal with. I am always confident in any matter that Mark has dealt with.”

      Jane Balmforth

    • “We have had many years of top class professional advice and assistance in many respects of our property ownership. However great our worries initially, matters have been dealt with in a most professional manner and to our satisfaction.”

      Michael Filer, Bourne Court Consortium

    Mark qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and since then has specialised in property and landlord and tenant disputes, possession and debt recovery in relation to both commercial and residential property. He has extensive experience in relation to issues involving blocks of flats including representation in the Property Chamber and the courts. He has also dealt with many commercial disputes, professional negligence and insolvency claims.

    He has frequently given talks on the law as it affects managing agents through the Association of Residential Managing Agents and other groups.

    He has been recommended for many years by the Legal 500 Guide to the Legal profession which has said that Mark ‘is very highly rated by clients’, ‘explains complex issues in understandable terms’ and ‘is excellent in really difficult situations’. He is a committee member of the Bournemouth Law Society and a governor of Dumpton School.

    Mark is married with 2 teenage children and at weekends can often be found on his boat which he sails competitively.

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    Charlotte Pottinger

    Conveyancer — Residential Property

    Direct dial: 01202 205033

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    Charlotte Pottinger, Conveyancer in Laceys Solicitors Residential Property department
    • “Charlotte has been absolutely brilliant from beginning to end. This was our first home purchase and being first time buyers we were nervous about the process but she explained everything in depth and thoroughly to us. We’re so pleased everything has gone through quickly and smoothly and will certainly use Laceys again whenever the time comes.”

      Alannah Kendall

    • “We were continually kept informed of progress and all matters were clearly explained to us. Charlotte called us when items needed to be addressed and as we live abroad she made the process one of the smoothest we have ever experienced.”

      Sean Smith

    • “I feel that Laceys couldn’t have done more. Every query and question was dealt with quickly and with ease. Excellent service.”

      Ian Robinson

    • “I felt that Charlotte went out of her way to go above and beyond to make sure I reached the best conclusion possible - I will always use her going forward as I felt she "got me" and there was mutual respect all the way.”

      Kate Goodson

    Charlotte, who is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, works within our Residential Property team dealing with purchases, sales, mortgages, remortgages, transfers of equity or equity release matters.

    Away from work Charlotte enjoys spending time riding her horse, training her working cocker spaniels and spending time with her husband.

     

     

    Mark Preece

    Partner — Commercial and Residential Property

    Direct dial: 01202 205013

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    • “Mark has acted for our varied property portfolio in Dorset for over 5 years, and has a real understanding of our business and how we operate. He shares our passion for high standards and attention to detail, providing us with invaluable advice and support on all aspects of our developments from initial site acquisition through to completed property sales. Mark and his team continuously add value by being proactive and delivering a fast and expert service."”

      Eddie Fitzsimmons- Managing Director, Lomand Homes Limited

    • “Quick, responsive service. Prepared to recommend a way forward and not sit on the fence.”

      Guy Eccles

    • “Efficient, competent and friendly.”

      Michael Bond

    • “Mark and the team take great care of our commercial property requirements. We have always been delighted with their service.”

      Simon Ward, NSN Propertis Ltd

    • “Straightforward. Everything kept clear and simple.”

      Nicola Maidment

    • “I appreciate the personal service and the feeling that my business is important. I also respond well to a friendly approach.”

      Andrew Taylor

    • “Mark noted the requirements of the sale and worked very hard to achieve an excellent prompt outcome. He phoned me immediately the deal was done!”

      Paul R Barry

    • “Excellent service provided by Mark Preece and his team.”

      Francis & Natalia Erard

    • “Everyone at Lacey's seem to have my best interest at heart and act super efficiently. A pleasure to deal with.”

      John Beauchamp

    Mark qualified as a solicitor in 2008 after gaining an LLB (2003) and LLM (2005) at university’s in Birmingham.  He completed his training contract with the North Dorset and South Wiltshire firm now known as Farnfields LLP and joined Horsey Lightly Fynn (HLF) in Bournemouth in 2011.  He became a partner at HLF in 2014 and at merger of HLF and Laceys became a partner in the merged firm in 2015.

    Mark is a partner working across our Commercial and Residential property teams acting for a wide variety of clients from property developers, property investors, businesses, first time buyers and those needing advice relating to enfranchisement and residential landlord and tenant dealing with all aspects of property work.

    Away from work Mark spends his time with his wife and their three young boys who keep them very busy.

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    Fact Sheets

    • Right To Manage

      A brief guide.

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    • Lease Extensions

      A brief guide.

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    • The collective right to purchase the Freehold

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    • Struggling with Legal Fees?

      Unbundling explained.

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