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The Leasehold Reform Team

The Knight Frank Leasehold Reform team is one of the largest teams in London dedicated to Leasehold Reform.

Jeremy Dharmasena

Jeremy heads up our Leasehold Reform team, having joined Knight Frank from Gerald Eve in 2010 as a Partner. He specialises in carrying out statutory and capital valuations of prime central London residential properties and has nearly 20 years' experience in this field. He has previously advised several major central London landlords including The Cadogan, Grosvenor, Howard de Walden and Ilchester Estates and currently advises the Church Commissioners for England. He also acts for private landlords and heads lessees in Belgravia, Chelsea, Holland Park, Kensington, Knightsbridge, Mayfair, Marylebone and other parts of prime central London. He takes pride in delivering a professional service to his clients and achieving the best possible results in negotiations, whilst having an open and commercial outlook. Jeremy works with many of the leading solicitors and barristers in the leasehold reform arena and appears as an expert witness at Tribunal. He was Highly Commended as an expert witness at the 2014 Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards.

Jeremy is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (since 1996) and is an Accredited RICS Valuer, affiliated with their Residential and Valuation Groups.

Robert Orr-Ewing

Robert practised as a barrister for six years in the Inner Temple before setting up his own firm which specialised in the letting and management of property. In 1990, the firm was bought out by Knight Frank. From 1993 he has been specialising in Leasehold Reform work. Robert has represented both tenants and landlords in claims made both within and outside the Act and has appeared in many leasehold valuation tribunals and upper tribunals including several test cases.

Riccardo Carrelli

Riccardo joined Knight Frank from Cluttons LLP in June 2005, where he acted principally for The Wellcome Trust in connection with The South Kensington Estate. Since qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 2006, he has developed his knowledge and experience in Leasehold Reform work acting on behalf of both landlords and tenants and was made a Partner in 2011. Riccardo is also an Accredited RICS Valuer.


Vanda Kelsey

Vanda completed an MA in Law and Property Valuation at City University in 1998 and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor the same year. She is also an Accredited RICS Valuer. After qualifying, she dealt with hotel and leisure related sales, acquisitions and professional work, providing valuations for various purposes including finance for incorporation in the balance sheet. Vanda was recruited to the Leasehold Reform department at Knight Frank in February 2004 and has since developed thorough knowledge and experience in Leasehold Reform work, acting for landlord and tenants in both statutory and voluntary claims.

Vanessa Griffiths

Vanessa graduated from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate Management in 2009. Prior to joining Knight Frank, Vanessa specialised in Leasehold Reform work with South East Leasehold Chartered Surveyors. Vanessa qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with Knight Frank in 2012.