Rebranding our lease extension team

2017 sees a change of name for the highly specialist lease extension team here at Bonallack and Bishop.

In future the team will be known as “The Leasehold Property Team”.

Why? That’s simple.

It certainly doesn’t mean that we are any less committed to lease extension work or any less specialist in it.

On the contrary – in the most recent half year took our expert lawyers took on 180 individual lease extensions, for both large freeholders, small freeholders and numerous individual leaseholders. In fact we are looking to increase the number of fl;at and house  leases we extend every year to at least 400. That makes us one of the most specialist leasehold extension teams in England and Wales – out of a total of over 10,000 law firms nationwide.

No, the reason why we are changing the name is that increasingly we do so much more leasehold law work in addition to lease extension. Not only do we complete numerous collective enfranchisement projects (that’s buying the freehold of your block together with some of your follow leaseholders), but our expert team carry out numerous title splits as well as a whole host of other leasehold law work including service charge and ground rent disputes, lease variation, forfeiture and licence for alterations.

And what’s more our leasehold work is growing. The team is already four strong and we are looking to recruit a fifth member of the team this March.


When it comes to all aspects of the  law surrounding leases, our specialists can help you wherever you live in England and Wales. We don’t even need to see you face-to-face – like many of our other clients, we can take this your instructions by e-mail, phone and Skype video:

  • Just call us on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 for a FREE initial phone consultation  OR
  • Complete the email contact form below

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Lease extension in Newcastle

More than 280,000 people call the city of Newcastle home, and if you own a flat in the city, your lease will need to be extended one day. What’s more, did you know that you have the legal right to force your freeholder to extend the term of your lease – by up to an additional 90 years?

Newcastle is the most populous city in the north-east of England, with a booming cultural centre and enormous regeneration having been carried out in the city since its decline from an industrial heartland in the 1970s. As a result, Newcastle and the surrounding area has a large number of leasehold flats as well as some leasehold houses. And the average price of flats in the city in 2016 was £136,778, according to Right Move.

The problems with short leases

The problem with owning any flat or apartment owned under a long lease [i.e. the lease was originally granted for at least 21 years] is that the term of that lease will gradually decline. The shorter the lease the less the property is worth and the harder it is to sell or mortgage.

If your flat or apartment has 85 years or less to run, we strongly suggest you look at extending your lease as soon as possible..


Your lease can be extended at any time but delaying your lease extension can cause problems later and could turn out to be a lot more expensive than you planned. So why extend your lease now?

The cost of extend your lease is rising, day by day

In the current economic climate, there are two reasons why putting off your leasehold  extension is only costing you more money. Firstly, as your lease gradually gets shorter, it’s getting gradually more expensive, day by day, to extend it. Worse still, with house prices currently rising, that means the value of your property is rising – and one of the factors in assessing the premium for your lease extension is the value of your property. So, the more your flat is worth, the more you have to pay to extend your lease.

In fact, specialist lease extension surveyors in London recently estimated that the cost of extending a lease, in London at least, is going up by whacking 12% each and every year – if that continues, that means that the cost any flat owner will have to have to pay to extend their lease could double in under seven years!

Extending your lease takes time

Whilst coming to an informal lease extension agreement with your freeholder can sometimes be sorted out relatively quickly – you have no control over the process, and there are some real risks with this voluntary route get a lease extension. The alternative, and the only way to make sure you have control and can ensure you gain that lease extension, is through the formal, or statutory, route. The problem with this. Formal route is that there are certain inbuilt notice periods and as result, it usually takes around six months for your lease extension to be completed. If you’re not thinking of selling up, then it’s not so much of a problem. But if you do come to sell, and have found the new home of your dreams, and then find that you can’t extend your lease in under six months, the whole chain could collapse.

Extending your lease makes your flat easier to sell

Flats with long lease terms are much easier to sell – purchasers prefer them – and they attract higher prices.

What’s more, mortgage lenders seem to be increasingly reluctant to lend on any property with a short lease –although 20 years ago it was possible to get a mortgage on a flat with say 50 years left, many lenders now refuse to lend, if the term is below 70 or even 80 years. So even if your flat was built fairly recently, say in 1970 with a original 99 year lease, any prospective buyer will find it nearly impossible to get a mortgage to fund the purchase.


You might think that it’s really easy to extend your own lease. After all, you only need to ask your freeholder, right? In fact, many freeholders will refuse to cooperate or will drag out negotiations to the point where they hope leaseholders will simply give in. For example, when the remaining term of a lease is approaching the 80 year point, it’s not unusual for unscrupulous freeholders to go slow with the clear aim of letting the lease drop below the 80-year mark – when they can charge you an additional premium to extend your lease – which will cost you thousands of pounds.

Although it involves a complex area of law, extending a lease doesn’t need to be a nightmare if you instruct a specialist solicitor – to help you through what can be tricky legal process which requires patience, experience and expertise.

By appointing one of our team as your solicitor, you can rest assured that your lease extension is being dealt with by a genuine specialist. They don’t dabble – extending leases is all they do.


In short, our advice is simple – don’t delay – extend your lease now.


With over 25 years experience in many thousands of lease extension extensions for leaseholders and freeholders alike, we have the expertise to make sure your lease extension goes smoothly;

• We offer FREE initial telephone advice – just call us on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544

• We work with the only Newcastle-based surveyor who really understands how to value your lease – like solicitors, lease extension surveyors need to be specialists. Very few surveyors are able to value the premium required for lease extension accurately. We are happy to instruct him on your behalf to value your lease extension – as part of our one-stop shop service

• We manage your lease extension timetable

• We draft all the legal documents and notices

• If there is a dispute regarding your lease extension, we can take the matter to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal [ recently re-titled the ”First-tier tribunal – Property Chamber (Residential Property)] – but only if it’s strictly necessary, which thankfully it very rarely is.


If you’re still not sure whether you need our specialist team – maybe you have a long-standing Newcastle-based solicitor you really like – just ask them once in question. “How many lease extensions have a completed the last year?”


Over the last 25 years, our solicitors have been involved in many thousands of lease extensions – for clients throughout England and Wales. For most all of our lease extension work, we deal with clients solely through telephone, email or Skype.

And don’t forget – initial phone advice from experts is FREE – so what have you got to lose?

• Simply, call our team now on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 or,

• Fill out the email contact form below

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Sheffield Lease Extension Solicitors

Sheffield , once a comparatively run-down former mining area and heavy industrial hub, has boomed in recent years to become a metropolitan hub of culture, industry and total regeneration.

This former steel city has seen its gross value added (GVA) grow by 60% since 1997, adding £9.2 billion into the British economy just ten years later in 2007. Its economy is growing at a rate of 5% a year, which is more than the whole of the Yorkshire and Humber region. It’s easy to see, then, why so many people are flocking to live in Sheffield.

With freehold properties being at a premium due to the successful regeneration, many people are opting to buy a leasehold flat.

If you own the leasehold on a flat, the chances are that you need to renew your lease or will need to do so soon. If you live in Sheffield and are looking to start the lease extension process, our dedicated team of experts would be happy to help.


The importance of instructing a specialist lease extension solicitor to manage the lease extension process is often underestimated. Some of the reasons for instructing an expert are listed below:

• Experts will understand the complicated legal terminology involved in lease extensions and the importance of meeting the strict deadlines involved

• Your landlord is likely to instruct their own specialist solicitor so you owe it to yourself to get one as well

• Our expert solicitors have the negotiating skills you need, and a panel of specialist local surveyors, which you are going to need for a proper valuation of the premium to be paid to your freeholder

• If your landlord attempts to stall negotiations so that the extension costs you more, an expert solicitor will be able to help you apply to  the First-Tier Property Tribunal (previously known as Leasehold Valuation Tribunal).


Finding genuine leasehold extension specialists is very difficult. Many solicitors believe that they have the expertise needed to do lease extension work only realising how difficult it is when it’s too late. Not only are we members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners but we are listed as experts in lease extension on the Leasehold Advisory Service website. So for lease extension solicitors you can trust, call our experts.


When it comes to extending your lease, our expert team can help you wherever your flat is in England and Wales and we don’t even need to see you – taking your instructions by e-mail, phone and Skype video:

  • Just call us on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 for a FREE initial phone consultation and a FREE quote for your lease extension, OR
  • Complete the email contact form below

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Liverpool Lease Extension Solicitors

After the end of industry and manufacturing in the area in the 1970s and 1980s, Liverpool declined into a city with an extremely high level of unemployment and a very high level of poverty. Extensive regeneration in the 1990s and 2000s, though, has transformed Liverpool into a city of culture and business, with Liverpool even having been declared the official City of Culture.

Employment rates in Liverpool are now very good, and as a result a number of people are able to buy their own properties in the city. Housing supply hasn’t kept up with demand, though, which has pushed prices up and meant that for many people their only option is to purchase a leasehold flat.

Many flat-owners in Liverpool need to extend the leases on their properties – yet many of them don’t even realise that they have the legal right to do so.

Extending the lease on your value of your flat [whether or not you actually live in it, or are a buy to let landlord] makes great financial sense. You almost certain to end up with an significant increase in the value of your flat as a direct result.

But don’t forget – the longer you leave your lease extension, the more expensive extending your lease is going to be.


Lease extensions involve complex legislation, tight deadlines and various other complications. Many non-specialists property solicitors will try their hand at a lease extension only to find that they’re out of their depth and cannot represent their client’s needs sufficiently. This is why it is so essential that the solicitor you instruct for your lease extension is a specialist

Our specialist lease extension solicitors have vital experience interacting with landlords who will often try to disrupt lease extension negotiations. A popular trick is to delay proceedings so that the leaseholder’s lease runs below the pivotal 80 year limit so that it costs far more to extend the lease. Experienced lease extension solicitors will not fall for these tricks and if necessary they will be able to apply for a Leasehold Valuation Tribunal to speed up the process. Don’t forget that the landlord is likely to instruct a specialist themselves, so make sure that you are on an equal footing.


Here are just a few reasons:

• We’ll draft all the documents and manage the deadlines

• Our team of 5 lease extension experts have vast experience helping thousands of clients with extending a lease

• We are proven specialists – both the Leasehold Advisory Service and the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) recognise us as experts


Our specialist team manage the lease extension process from start to finish for the majority of our clients without needing to meet face-to-face – keeping in contact via email, telephone or Skype.

  • Just call us now on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 for a FREE initial phone consultation and a FREE quote for your lease extension, OR
  • Complete the email contact form below

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Portsmouth Lease Extension

The city of Portsmouth is situated on the south coast of England and is popular amongst anyone who wants to live in a coastal area without the need to break the bank. This is, in part, due to its large percentage of flats and leasehold properties.

Portsmouth is almost entirely located on Portsea Island, making it the UK’s only island city. It is also the only city in the UK with a higher population density than London (at 11 times the national average), with more than 205,000 people living in the city, making it the 6th largest urban area in England.

When you add that to the fact that between 2001 and 2011, Portsmouth’s population has increased by 9.8%, you’ll see why the area has a particularly large number of flats – both new builds and conversions.

But if you do own a flat in Portsmouth – have you thought about extending your lease? In fact, are you even aware that you have the legal right to force your freeholder to grant you an additional 90 years to add onto the current remaining term of your lease?


You’ll find more detailed explanation elsewhere on the site on exactly why a lease extension is so important – but in brief, if you don’t extend your lease you risk the following problems;

  • Trying to sell a flat with a short lease is getting increasingly difficult. Buyers generally prefer leases with longer terms, and more and more mortgage lenders are getting reluctant to grant mortgages on short leases – before the recession it wasn’t unusual to see home loans provided for flats with, say, 50 or 60 years left to run – now most mortgage companies require around 70 to 80 years remaining on a lease
  • At some stage your flat is going to need a leasehold extension – unless you’re happy to simply hand ownership back to the freeholder
  • Everyday you delay extending a lease is likely to cost you more money. Firstly the shorter your lease the more it will cost to extend it, and secondly, with house prices rising, that means that the premium you need to pay to your landlord is going up too – in fact a reputable firm of specialist lease extension surveyors recently estimated that in London, the price of extending the average lease was going up by a staggering 12% each and every year!


  •  We are genuine specialists – which is so important and given the complexity of lease extension law
  •  We have the proven experience you need – we’ve completed thousands of lease extensions for satisfied clients over the last 20 years  – Just click here to read testimonials from just some of our satisfied clients
  •  We provide FREE initial advice over the phone
  •  We can handle your lease extension from beginning to the end. Our team will deal with all the paperwork and can identify and appoint on your behalf, if you wish, a specialist leasehold extension valuer – an expert surveyor who you will need to provide a price for your lease extension, and who will help in negotiations of reasonable premium with whoever owns the freehold of your block


If you live in Portsmouth and you are thinking about extending your lease, just contact us now for FREE specialist advice with no strings attached.

  •  Just call one of our team now on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 or [01722] 422300 OR
  •  Email us using the contact form below

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Bath Lease Extension Solicitors

Bath is a picturesque city of almost 90,000 people, nestled in the county of Somerset. It’s famous for its Roman baths and Georgian architecture and is a popular place for young families looking to start their lives together.

Given the price of property in Bath [ 2014 saw the overall average price of property in Bath rise to £371,294], it is no surprise that it is home to a particularly large number of leasehold flats – both purpose-built and conversions from older properties.

When any property is owned on a leasehold rather than freehold basis, you effectively own the property for limited period of time – and you don’t own the land it’s built on out right. That means that eventually the lease term will run out and you will know longer own the flat – and in the meantime, year by year, the declining lease term reduces the flats value.

Unless there been a subject of freehold purchase, the vast majority of flats in England and Wales are leasehold.


Your lease term reduces with each and every year. This decreases the market value of your property as well making it increasingly less attractive to potential buyers.

In particular, once you let the lease term slip below 80 years, extending your lease gets rapidly more expensive [that’s because the “marriage value” becomes payable to your freeholder – click here to learn more about that].


The lease extension process can be very long and arduous, so don’t leave it until it’s too late. Your lease stops getting shorter if you choose the formal route and serve the required notice on your freeholder, so don’t delay. What’s more, with property prices increasing you are hit by a double whammy – a shorter term means increased expense as does the increasing in the value of your flat.

In fact we have recently come across some surveyors who estimate that every year you delay extending your lease means you have to pay an extra 12% for your lease extension. That means in around just seven years, extending your lease will cost you double!

Remember: the earlier you extend your lease, the cheaper it will be.


Extending a lease without the advice of a specialist solicitor is never a good move, as you can get burned if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Leasehold extensions usually involve keeping to rigid deadlines – missing one of those, can cause significant difficulties.

What’s more, if your freeholder tries to drag out the process even longer, your fees and stress levels will increase and it could become a whole lot messier. It’s for this reason that it’s essential that you get the right legal advice – from a lease extension specialist.

The law surrounding lease extensions is relatively complex and very few solicitors, even specialist property solicitors, deal with more than the occasional lease extension.

Our team are different. They specialise in lease extension for both leaseholders and freeholders throughout England and Wales – that’s all they do, and that’s why you’ll find us listed as lease extension experts on the website of The Leasehold Advisory Service which is backed by the government, and why we are one of a small number of solicitors who are members of the only organisation for specialist lease extension solicitors – ALEP, the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners.

Our team also have years of experience of handling difficult freeholders, and are well aware of all the tricks that certain unscrupulous landlords try to play. If it becomes necessary, our team also have plenty of experience in taking cases to the First-Tier Property Tribunal [previously known as the LVT or Leasehold Valuation Tribunal]


Our specialist team will:

  • provide you with FREE initial advice – just call FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 now
  • provide a FREE ESTIMATE of how much your lease extension is likely to cost – including not just the legal and valuation costs but we can also give you an estimate of how much the actual lease extension premium will be..
  • as part of our one-stop shop service, we will identify and instruct on your behalf a local specialist lease extension surveyor who will value your lease extension and can help you to negotiate a reasonable premium for the extension.
  • do all of the paperwork – whether or not a formal notice is required, or whether you have agreed a private and informal lease extension with your freeholder.
  • handle any application to the First-Tier Property Tribunal – in the unlikely event that becomes necessary

With one of our specialist team on board to handle the legal side for you,, the whole process should move much more quickly and sleekly, with you being able to rest assured that a professional is handling matters and will ensure that everything is completed as it should be.


If you live in Bath and you’re thinking of extending your lease, or would like some information as to the potential benefits and costs of doing so, give us a call and our specialist team be more than happy to talk through your options with you – FREE of charge with no strings attached.

Although we are based in Salisbury, we represent clients nationwide – in fact we really meet our clients, and regularly handle hundreds of lease extensions every year by phone email and Skype video

  • So just call us on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 for a FREE initial phone consultation and a FREE quote for your lease extension
  • Complete the email contact form below

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Cardiff Lease Extension Solicitors

Cardiff, as the capital city of Wales, has grown enormously in recent years – not least in the area surrounding the docks, where my grandad worked as a docker in the 1920s. City-wide development has seen it become a hub of business and industry as well as a burgeoning home to the creative arts.

The population of Cardiff grew by a massive 54,000 between the 2001 and 2011 censuses — a growth of 18.5%, which in turn has put upward pressure on property prices. And these two factors are the main reasons why Cardiff has an increasing number of purpose-built flats and buildings converted into flats or apartments

Any flat-owner who allows the term of their lease to dip below 80 years is likely to find themselves facing a high price for their lease extension. That is why it is so important to start the lease extension process sooner rather than later.


People often question the need for a specialist lease extension solicitor in the belief that extending a lease cannot be that complicated. This is a very risky approach. Why?:

• Lease extensions involve complex laws, drafting and tight deadlines

• Your freeholder is almost certain to instruct a specialist lease extension solicitor of their own

• Too many unscrupulous freeholders attempt to out extension discussions when a lease term is approaching the critical 80 year point – so that the lease runs below 80 years and costs far more to extend [click here to find out more about “marriage value” and the 80 year]

• Specialist lease extension solicitors will understand exactly how to help you if your lease extension becomes contentious – and an application to the First Tier property Tribunal [previously known as the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal or LVT) becomes necessary


Many firms let property lawyers with little or no  experience of lease extension cases to “have a go” at lease extensions – we see this a lot and these dabblers often make a complete mess. We think that’s really dangerous and that their clients’ best interests are not protected.

Here at solicitors Bonallack and Bishop, we have a growing team of lease extension specialists. They don’t dabble. Lease extension leasehold enfranchisement and right to manage work is all they do. They are real experts.

You will also find us listed on the government funded Leasehold Advisory Service website one of the small number of law firms who specialise in this area of law. We are also members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners, the only organisation of specialist lease extension and enfranchisement solicitors and surveyors.

Click here for real case studies on how we have helped clients with extending leases.

Click here to read about what many of our clients and the specialist values we instruct really think about us.

How we can help

  • Our team provides FREE no obligation initial telephone advice on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544
  • We will provide you with a FREE ESTIMATE of how much it’s likely to cost you to extend your lease – which will include a rough idea of the  premium you’re likely to have to pay, along with both the legal and valuation costs.
  • We offer a one-stop shop – as we regularly work alongside specialist lease extension valuers nationwide, we can help you pick the right one and instruct them on your behalf
  • Our team can handle the lease extension process from start to finish –all the way, if necessary, to the First-Tier Tribunal – Property Chamber (Residential Property))


You don’t need to come in and see us to instruct us for your lease extension. We have dealt with many thousands of lease extensions over the years and our clients come from all over England and Wales – and almost all of them never actually meet us in person but stay in contact over the phone, using email or through Skype.

To save yourself worry and expense, start your lease extension process started today by getting in touch with our team –

  • for FREE initial no strings advice, call us now on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544
  • email us using the contact form below

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Bournemouth Lease Extension Solicitors

Bournemouth has one of the largest number of leasehold flats in the country – which is hardly surprising, given that it is one of the UK’s most beautiful seaside resorts [now with its own premiership football team in AFC Bournemouth!], Bournemouth is a popular place for people to want to live and According to the latest census in 2011, the town has a population of 183,491 . As a result, prices have been pushed higher in recent years, making it difficult for young families and couples looking to get onto the property ladder.

With renting not an ideal long-term solution, many people are turning to leasehold flats as a way of effectively owning their own property without the enormous costs associated with a freehold arrangement. After all, the market price of a freehold property is generally much more expensive than a leasehold deal, which still enables you to own your own home. Owning a leasehold flat does have their downsides, but in an area like Bournemouth they’re ideal for getting that first foot on the housing ladder

But if you own a long leasehold flat in Bournemouth, or indeed anywhere else, then at some stage, that lease will need to be extended, unless you want to lose the ownership of your property and become a renting tenant.


o Extending your lease can prove tricky– there are critical deadlines which can be easy to miss, and The legislation governing lease extensions is particularly hard to interpret

o It’s highly likely that your landlord will appoint their own specialist lease extension solicitor

o Sadly, many landlords simply don’t cooperate when it comes to extending your lease. They might simply try to turn down your request for lease extension or haggle unnecessarily over the price [watch out – this is a particular trick played by far too many landlords when your lease is approaching the critical 80 year term]. Whilst many are perfectly reasonable, if you’re stuck with an awkward landlord, a specialist solicitor can prove essential. They can negotiate a fair price for your lease extension – but if your landlord simply refused to cooperate, they will have the expertise to help you with an application Leasehold Valuation Tribunal

o Your Bournemouth lease extension solicitor can help you gather all the necessary information for your, lease extension, help in appointing the right t surveyor value your lease extension, draft all the necessary legal documents and sort out all post-completion matters


Only a handful of law firms specialise in lease extension. Most property solicitors will, at most, only have handled the odd lease extension in their career – and in our experience, sadly they often don’t know what they’re doing.

Here at Bonallack & Bishop, we have all the leasehold extension expertise you need. We have a team of three dedicated  UK lease extension specialists with a history of helping thousands of to extend their lease over the last 25 years.

We are also members of ALEP- the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners, the only national organisation of specialist lease extension surveyors and solicitors – and are listed as specialists in lease extension on the website of the Leasehold Advisory Service [an organisation funded by Government providing legal advice to leaseholders].

But you don’t need to take our word for it – here is a testimonial about Niki Adkins ,one of the members of our team, from a Poole based surveyor who specialises in lease extensions.

“ I have worked alongside Niki on numerous lease extensions and have been impressed by her efficiency, regular communication and knowledge of the subject.”

Stephen Higley, Smith Robinson Higley Ltd, Chartered Surveyors, Poole


We run most of our leasehold extensions cases without needing to see you – taking by e-mail, phone and Skype video – though we are equally happy if you want to come into the office to see us.

We can give you a quote for your lease extension and answer your initial queries by email – or we can arrange to ring you back at a time convenient to you, if you prefer.

So for FREE initial phone advice about your lease extension, get in touch with our team by

  • Complete the email contact form below,
  • Or call us now on [01202] 834450 or free  on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544

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Manchester Lease Extension Solicitors

Manchester is the third largest city in England after London and Birmingham, and is home to more than 515,000 people. Although the city had long been neglected, it has boomed in recent years with enormous cultural developments and infrastructure projects including the new MediaCityUK building in Salford, home to the BBC.

What’s more, Manchester’s has seen an increasing number of privately owned leasehold flats and apartments – either purpose-built, converted from older purposes or bought from the council and social landlords

And everyone of those flat is going to need a lease extension at some time.

If you own the leasehold on a flat in Manchester, the chances are that you will need to extend your lease sooner rather than later. Putting off your lease extension will only lead to more expense when you eventually get round to it, so it is important that you act now.


The importance of instructing a specialist lease extension solicitor must not be underestimated. Lease extensions are highly specialist areas of property law and the relevant legislation is very complicated.

Many solicitors may believe that they have enough expertise to take on lease extension work only to find themselves struggling to meet their clients’ needs due to the complexity of the legal work. This is not the case with our accredited lease extension experts.

There are many deadlines involved in lease extension work and if one of these is missed it can cause enormous problems.

Furthermore, interacting with difficult landlords requires experience and a detailed knowledge of lease extension law. Sometimes landlords will attempt to stall negotiations so that it will cost the leaseholder far more to complete the lease extension process.

Solicitors must be able to identify these tricks and take the matter to first-tier property Tribunal [previously known as the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal] if necessary.


If you choose our leasehold extension solicitors you can be sure that you are appointing accredited experts. The Leasehold Advisory Service which is backed by the government lists us as lease extension experts. We are also members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners.

We have a team of five lease extension experts.  Extending residential leases is all they do – with around 350 lease extensions being completed nationwide out by us each year.

So with our in-depth knowledge of the legal process,  you can trust us with the complicated drafting of documents and tight deadlines associated with your lease extension.


Our expert Lease Extension team can advise you wherever you live in the UK and we don’t even need to see you – taking your instructions by e-mail, phone and Skype video.

Don’t risk appointing a solicitor who doesn’t specialise in this complex field.

For a FREE initial phone consultation and a FREE quote for your lease extension,

  • Simply, call our team now on FREEPHONE 0800 14045440 or,
  • Fill out the contact form below to start receiving advice on the lease extension process.

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Two new paralegals join our lease extension team

Here at Wiltshire lease extension specialist solicitors, Bonallack and Bishop, we are delighted to welcome two new paralegals to our property team – Dale Bree and Hollie Jarvis. The two roles are both brand-new and reflect the rapid expansion of our property work.

Dale & Hollie ResizedDale, a graduate of both Exeter University and previously Brighton Institute of Modern Music, joins us, having completed his legal practice course. He will work exclusively as part of a lease extension team, and he will be gradually trained up to running his own full leasehold extension caseload.

His colleague, Hollie, is well known to us here at Bonallack and Bishop. She previously worked with us for five years at our Andover office in the property as a secretary. After a three-year absence during which she progressed to become a residential property paralegal, Hollie has now returned to us and  is now about to start her training as a Licensed Conveyancer and her role with us will be a mixture of lease extension and residential property.

Senior partner Tim Bishop commented, “I’m absolutely delighted to have these two locally-based paralegals join us. Our property work, and in particular, our lease extension work is expanding rapidly. Last year we helped around 225 leaseholders with extending a lease  – and this year we are on course to open around 350 files – our plans are that within two years we will increase that to 500 lease extensions year.

That means our Salisbury-based lease extension team will need to continue to grow – and there aren’t that many genuine lease extension specialist out there – so we have taken on these two talented young people with the intention of training them up as lease extension specialists. We also in the process of recruiting a specialist lease extension solicitor who we hope will join us in the autumn. It will is very exciting to see our specialist lease extension work rose very quickly.”

Bonallack and Bishop also has offices in Amesbury and Andover. The business was originally founded in 1832, making it one of the Wiltshire‘s longest standing employers.

Own a flat in Wiltshire? Thinking about extending your lease? Contact us today

Here at Bonallack and Bishop, we have the only genuinely specialist lease extension team in Wiltshire.

So, if you are thinking about extending the lease on your flat, and you are looking for specialist legal advice, get in touch with our team. Wherever your flat is based in Wiltshire we will guide you through your leasehold extension – taking your instructions by phone, email or Skype, or in  a face-to-face meeting at our Salisbury office with the lease extension teams based

  • phone us today for free initial advice locally on Salisbury [01722] 422300 or FREEPHONE 0800 1404544  or
  • complete the email contact box below.

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