David Burns is a Partner of the firm specialising in property and commercial litigation from the firm’s West End office in Baker Street London.
David has developed a particular expertise in the field of enfranchisement, high value residential lease extensions under the Leasehold Reform and Urban Development Act 1993. David also has expertise in commercial and property disputes which involve allegations of illegality and commercial fraud, including advising on injunctions and search orders.
Some of David’s work is set out below:
David’s clients include substantial investment companies holding portfolios of freehold properties, residents associations, charities and individual flat owners. He is regularly instructed in contentious lease-renewal proceedings under the 1954 Act, landlord and tenant disputes, service charge disputes, forfeiture, and applications for relief, as well as disputes arising out of rent arrears, disrepair, dilapidations, possession and party wall disputes.
Enfranchisement and Lease extensions
David heads up the firm’s contentious leasehold enfranchisement department at Ronald Fletcher Baker. He has extensive experience advising landlords and leaseholders on matters involving high-value central London properties and complex collective enfranchisements of blocks of flats under the enfranchisement provisions of the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 and the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.
This includes matters relating to:
- Individual lease extensions - how individuals can extend the lease of their flats
- Collective enfranchisement - how Leaseholders acting together can acquire their freehold
- Absent Landlord acquisitions– how leaseholders can acquire their freehold where the landlord is missing.
- Right of First Refusal – the Freeholder’s obligation to offer the freehold to Leaseholders
- Right to Manage – how Leaseholders can take over the management of their building.