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Knight Frank Leasehold Reform testimonials

Many of our clients write to express how pleased they have been with the service they received from us. Below are a selection of recent testimonials:

Riccardo Carrelli

“I have worked with Riccardo on the potential freehold purchase of a building in Chelsea (comprising 26 flats) and subsequently on the leasehold extension of a flat. I found him to be extremely professional and efficient in all of my dealings with him and the outcome of the leasehold extension of our flat was extremely beneficial. I had no hesitation in recommending him to several other parties, who all have the same high opinion of his capabilities both as a valuer and negotiator.”

Private leaseholder 2012

“We were assisting in the extension of another lease when the time came to extend our own. The surveyor acting in the original extension was far from satisfactory so we looked for someone else to represent us and came upon Riccardo by chance. Riccardo's familiarity with the market, the landlord and the process was obvious from the outset and proved invaluable, we felt he was on our side throughout and secure in his commercial and technical expertise. In fact, our lawyer was pressing us to instruct counsel with a view to a Tribunal hearing, Riccardo assured us that he would resolve matters so that a Tribunal would be unnecessary, we trusted him and in doing so saved a significant amount of legal fees.”

Private leaseholder 2012

Riccardo is a very likeable, knowledgeable and experienced surveyor specialising in statutory enfranchisement and Leasehold Reform Act valuations. The reports he produces are very detailed, produced to a very high standard and logical. The settlement results he consistently achieves for clients such as ourselves are a testament to his keen negotiation skills. I would have no hesitation in recommending Riccardo.

Mark McKeown, Residential Asset Manager, Church Commissioners for England 2012

Vanda Kelsey

"Vanda has never failed to exceed expectations with the leasehold reform work she has undertaken. Her advice in this specialist area is always clear and concise, and combined with considerable tenacity during negotiations. She is also a pleasure to work with."

Laurie Low, Asset Manager,Great Portland Estates plc 2014

"I have worked with Vanda for several years now on varying matters under the Leasehold Reform Act and have always found her to be accommodating, professional and a pleasure to deal with. Her negotiation skills have always achieved results over and above that which was expected and I would not hesitate in recommending Vanda to anyone looking for a committed, enthusiastic and above all extremely capable valuer and negotiator."

Phil Day, Leaseholder, 2014

Robert Orr-Ewing

"Robert leads the best team of leasehold reform valuers in London. The combination of his experience and profound knowledge of his field with a calm and consistent devotion to his clients make him the ideal professional to have on your side in any negotiations. "

John Stephenson, Senior Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell LLP2014

"It is difficult to envisage a better qualified panel of experts for the purpose than those called in this case."

Lord Justice Carnwath, Cadogan v Sportelli - Court of Appeal2014

"I have worked with Robert on a number of enfranchisement cases. Robert combines high standards of professionalism and expertise with a personable and approachable manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending Robert’s valuation services."


Edwin Johnson QC, Maitland Chambers2014

"Robert is the complete professional who has always brought charm and humour to all that he does. He has a wholehearted desire to do the very best for his clients. We have worked together many times over the years that he was a partner at Knight Frank and it was always a genuine pleasure to do so.


Damian Greenish, Pemberton Greenish LLP2014

Vanessa Knape

“Vanessa, this year since we were introduced to you we have been impressed by your warm and helpful demeanour. We have also been equally impressed with your hard work and how you have progressed at remarkable speed in both valuation and negotiating skill with the tenants who you have approached through the extensive marketing you initiated. We also find very useful the excellent schedules you are producing and the marketing programme is bearing great fruit to the extent we are on target to approach our record-breaking year for sales.”

Head leaseholder, Bourne Capital, Queens Court, London 2012

"I instructed Vanessa to deal with an unusually complicated leasehold extension and was extremely grateful for the clear and effective advice she gave. She dealt with the many queries that arose quickly and efficiently and was always an absolute pleasure to deal with. She successfully negotiated a very favourable price for us and her input was invaluable. I have no hesitation in recommending her to others."

Miss W of Wandsworth Leaseholder 2012

"I have been working with Vanessa since January 2013 in respect of statutory lease extension claims under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (as amended) as well as joint pitches for new work acting on behalf of leaseholders in respect of prospective collective enfranchisements. I have been impressed with Vanessa’s commitment and work ethic in each and every matter. Her efficient response and obvious in depth knowledge and understanding to any query (be it complex or simple in nature) has been appreciated. She is a delight to work with and I look forward to working with her for many years to come."

Katie Cohen, Child & Child Solicitors 2012

Jeremy Dharmasena

“Having engaged Jeremy to lead and drive a lease extension for me, I found him to be highly professional and crucially, he was a good communicator - he explained in plain English the process, procedures and legalities and helped to give a thorough understanding of the exercise as each stage progressed. Furthermore Jeremy is highly responsive to his clients - he always returned my phone calls and emails in a timely manner which helped to make my own working day much more efficient.”

JH, leaseholder in Marylebone, W1 2012

“Jeremy provided a very clear valuation showing the various options available, all of which was backed up with recent sales evidence enabling both parties to agree a deal without having to refer the matter to the LVT.”

FD, James Andrew Residential, Managing Agents, N3 2012

“With his technical ability in this specialist field and well honed negotiating skills Jeremy is a valuer you want to have on your side. What's more he is pleasure to work with.”.

Stephen Charnock, Senior Associate, Thomas Eggar LLP 2013

“Jeremy is highly regarded in the field of leasehold reform. He has an excellent commercial ability, modifying his approach as circumstances dictate in order to get results. His expertise lends itself to any complex enfranchisement transaction and having worked with him for a number of years he is always extremely focused, enthusiastic and has the ability to structure transactions and achive results at the very top-end of hte market. I would always be extremely willing to recommend Jeremy to any of my clients seeking to enfranchise, especially within prime central London which is where Jeremy excels.”

Clare Allan, Partner and head of enfranchisement, Child & Child 2012

“Jeremy and I have worked together as valuer and solicitor respectively on many matters pursuant to the leasehold reform legislation, for both landlords and tenants. Jeremy is a pleasure to work with and brings unrivalled expertise in leasehold reform valuations. He is proactive and efficient in his negotiations and adopts a commercial and flexible approach to all aspects of his leasehold reform work. His outstanding technical ability is matched by a unique ability to explain in simple terms even the most complex valuation issues. Few others in his profession are as personable and engaging and I do not hesitate to recommend him.”

Katherine Simpson, Partner, Pemberton Greenish 2012