Yesterday the Law Commission held an event, open to all, at Pinsent Masons in Manchester, and today it is holding one at the Newcastle offices of law firm Womble Bond Dickinson.
Neither venue, it is argued, is the appropriate venue for leaseholders who may be facing serious litigation with their freeholders to express their case and opinions openly.
One caller to LKP said:
“Why on earth is the Law Commission holding meetings in the offices of solicitors who represent freeholders in their disputes with leaseholders?
“Both these companies monetise the leasehold system. Womble Bond Dickinson’s major client is residential freeholder the Northern Trust!
“How can leaseholders express their views openly in such venues?
“Neither solicitors are charities or neutral. The Law Commission should hold its meetings in a neutral space, like a church hall or community centre.
“I thought the Law Commission was supposed to be independent!”
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In fact, the Law Commission project on enfranchisement and commonhold, headed by Professor Nick Hopkins, makes no claim to be neutral: it is tasked with making enfranchisement easier, cheaper and simpler for leaseholders.
Which makes it all the more surprising that it thinks it is worthwhile briefing solicitors, whose incomes derive from the opportunities in the leasehold system.
As a result of this initiative, can we expect rather more carefully honed professional submissions to the Law Commission to keep the leasehold income stream flowing firmly in the direction of freeholders?
Fortunately, the Law Commission can encounter some leaseholders at the meetings organised in Manchester on November 3 and in London on November 10.