Westminster Legal Policy Forum

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Next steps for leasehold reform

Morning, Wednesday, 24th April 2024

This conference will look at next steps for leasehold reform in England and Wales, with the Leasehold and Freehold Bill progressing through Parliament.

It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss key measures in the Bill, including the extension of standard leases from 90 to 990 years.

Delegates will look at options for addressing stakeholder concerns around the affordability of leaseholds, maintenance of property and uncertainty around implementation, especially in the lead up to a general election, with further discussion on the ripple effects on the broader residential market.

They will also look ahead to priorities for the Government’s next stage of reform aiming to abolish new leaseholds for new houses, as well as addressing current exceptions to the ban, including the decision not to ban new leaseholds for flats, exemptions for retirement housing, and land that has already been leased.

Further sessions examine issues going forward, including redress in property disputes, the implementation of ground rent reforms, and the impact on markets, landlords and developers.

Discussion will consider alternatives to leasehold, including the future place of commonhold, with a focus on the suitability of the model for the English and Welsh markets, how the model could be made more attractive for lenders, developers and investors, and making the process more efficient and less costly.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Judge Siobhan McGrath, President, First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), Courts and Tribunals Judiciary; and Professor Martin Dixon, Professor of the Law of Real Property, University of Cambridge.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DLUHC; HM Land Registry; Homes England; Defra; HMRC; and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speaker

Judge Siobhan McGrath

President, First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)

Keynote Speakers

Professor Martin Dixon

Professor of the Law of Real Property, University of Cambridge

Judge Siobhan McGrath

President, First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)


Lord Best

Member, Built Environment Committee


Shula Rich

Founder, leaseadvice.org; Vice Chair, Federation of Private Residents' Associations; and Chair, Brighton, Hove and District Leaseholders Association

Ian Fletcher

Director of Policy, British Property Federation

Harry Scoffin

Founder, Free Leaseholders

Katie Kendrick

Founder, National Leaseholders Campaign

Mark Chick

Senior Partner, Bishop & Sewell

Dr Mark Andrew

Senior Lecturer in Real Estate Finance and Investment, City, University of London