The Chancellor of the High Court
The Right Honourable Sir Geoffrey Vos
Sir Geoffrey was appointed Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales on 24 October 2016. He holds responsibility for the conduct of business in the Business and Property Courts. Prior to this role, he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2013 and acted as President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary from June 2014 to June 2016. He was appointed a Justice of the High Court in October 2009.
Sir Geoffrey also sat as a judge internationally, in the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey between 2005 and 2009, and in the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands between 2008 and 2009, having begun his judicial career as a deputy High Court Judge in England in 1999.
He was the Chairman of the Chancery Bar Association from 1999 to 2001 and of the Bar Council in 2007, having taken silk (QC) in 1993 after a career practising at the Chancery-Commercial bar, both domestically and internationally.
He was educated at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and was elected as an Honorary Fellow of that college in November 2015.
As Head of the Chancery Division, he is a member of the Judicial Executive Board of England & Wales. From January 2018, he will become Editor in Chief of the White Book on civil procedure.
Law Commissioner for Property,
Family and Trust Law
Professor Nick Hopkins is Law Commissioner for Property, Family and Trust Law and will be leading work on the reform of several areas of residential leasehold announced in its 13th Programme of Law reform. Prior to appointment as Commissioner he researched and taught property law for over 20 years, and he holds a Chair in Law at Reading University
Jim Fitzpatrick MP,
Co-Chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold Reform
On 1st May 1997 Jim was elected Member of Parliament for Poplar and Canning Town. During government he was Minister of State for Farming and the Environment, Under-Secretary of State of Transport and at the Department of Trade and Industry and at the office of the Deputy Prime Minister. He was also Government Whip, Minister for London and Vice-Chamberlain of HM's Household. Following boundary changes Poplar and Canning Town was renamed Poplar and Limehouse for the 2010 election.
He is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Air Ambulances, Deafness and Tidy Britain and Co-Chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Leasehold Reform, Maritime & Ports, Markets and Fit & Healthy Childhood. Jim is also the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Bangladesh and Animal Welfare.
The Right Honourable Keith Hill
The Right Honourable Keith Hill was the Labour MP for Streatham from 1992 to 2010. He held several ministerial posts, including Minister of State for Housing and Planning. He was also Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister Tony Blair. From 2012 to 2016 He was the ARMA Independent Regulator.
Professor James Driscoll,
Solicitor and Author
Professor James Driscoll is a solicitor, an author, and a Judge (part-time) on the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). For 20 years he was a consultant solicitor with Trowers & Hamlins specialising in housing law. A prolific author of books and articles, he is the Consultant Editor to the Butterworths Residential Landlord and Tenant Handbook, to Halsbury's Laws (volume 56, 'Housing') and volumes 62 to 64 'Landlord and Tenant, and several other books and loose-leaf works.
James is a consultant editor to the Landlord and Tenant Reports and he regularly contributes articles to the Estates Gazette, the New Law Journal and other publications. He is also a well-known speaker at conferences on housing and property law and he has held several academic positions in England and the USA.
James is also an ADR accredited mediator.
President of the First-Tier Tribunal Property Chamber
Judge Siobhan McGrath was appointed as President in July 2013. She was previously the Acting President prior to the Chamber becoming part of the unified tribunal structure. She was called to the Bar in 1982 and appointed as a part-time chairman of Social Security Tribunals in 1996. Between 2000 and 2013 she was the Senior President of the Residential Property Tribunal Service. Since 2010 she has been a Recorder in civil and chancery jurisdictions. She is also a judge of the Upper Tribunal Lands and Tax and Chancery Chambers.
Nigel started his career as a zoologist before spending ten years overseas in downstream oil marketing – buying, building and running petrol stations. He then spent four years at the International Petroleum Exchange (where Brent futures are traded) running their market data, training, publications and press departments. Nigel then worked for a Fintech company, Caplin, ending up as their CEO in New York – from where he joined the investment bank JP Morgan for four years.
In 2009, he founded Managed Living Partnerships (MLP), along with Richard Kozak. By late 2015 it managed over 40 blocks and 1,400 units, with a team of three accountants and five staff in property management and new business. During 2015, Nigel became active on the ARMA Council and its Finance Committee. Having sold MLP in January 2016 he resigned from Council and joined ARMA in April 2016 as its (part time) CEO.
Paula founded the HomeOwners Alliance in 2012. She provides the leadership and strategic vision driving the organisation forward. Paula is also a respected commentator and advocate for homeowners and is regularly quoted in the media.
Andrew Bulmer BSc FRICS FIRPM
CEO, Institute of Residential Property Management
A Fellow of the Institute of Residential Property Management and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Andrew started his residential PRS and leasehold management practice in 1995, selling in 2011. Andrew was UK Residential Director at RICS from 2013-2016, before taking the CEO role at IRPM, the UK's leading provider of professional qualifications and learning in the leasehold management and Build-to-Rent sectors. Andrew is passionate about raising standards across the residential property management sectors and encouraging property professionals to be a progressive and ethical force for good.
Barrister, Arden Chambers
Stephanie routinely advises and represents local authorities and private individuals in cases concerning disputes over freehold and leasehold land. She is recommended in Chambers and Partners for Social Housing where she is described as a "great all-rounder" who "demonstrates prowess across all areas of landlord and tenant law, including residential and commercial possession matters".
Richard Murphy Dip Surv; MRICS
Richard is a Director at Richard John Clarke, a firm of Chartered Surveyors, based in Mayfair, specialists in Lease Extensions and Freehold Enfranchisement. He firmly believes in getting a fair deal for his clients and regularly acts as both Expert and Advocate before the First-tier Tribunal. He is currently writing a series of articles entitled 'Searching for The Holy Grail' in response to Court of Appeal Mundy v Sloane Stanley (2018) Case.
Philip Rainey QC
Philip took Silk in 2010, he is the Head of Tanfield Chambers and specialises in property and commercial litigation. In addition to mainstream real property and landlord & tenant work, Philip has a particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement (Barrister of the Year, Enfranchisement Awards (ERMAs) 2009 and 2016), Right to Manage and service charges. Philip's work is both advisory and advocacy in the courts and tribunals, including in the Lords in Aggio and Sportelli and the Supreme Court in Daejan v Benson, Menelaou v Bank of Cyprus and Kumarasamy v Edwards. With colleagues at Tanfield he is a co-author of "Service Charges and Management" (4th edition due 2017). Philip has a keen, apolitical interest in the reform of landlord & tenant law; he has presented papers to the All Party Parliamentary Group on leasehold reform and assisted the Law Commission on the "event fees" project.
Samantha Massey MRICS FRIPM
SDL Property Partners
Samantha Massey is launch manager at SDL Property Partners, the franchise scheme for property management. With over a decade of experience in business development as part of her 20 year career in property, Sam has played a key role in the set up of the property management industry's first franchise scheme. Sam has also been a director of the Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM) for the past two years, chairing its Membership Working Group, and is a co-founder of 'Doyenne', the leasehold industry's first women's professional network providing inspiration and for the continued progression and success of women in our industry.
Rawdon Crozier is a barrister and mediator. He was educated at Bedford School and University College London and called to the Bar in 1984. His main field of practice is property litigation and his cases of note include the long-running Phillips v Francis service charge litigation, which has made new law on three occasions  L. & T.R. 28;  2 E.G.L.R. 31 (which decided that holiday homes were dwellings for the purposes of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985) and  EWCA Civ 1395;  1 W.L.R. 741 (which concerned "qualifying works") and  UKUT 3 (LC);  L. & T.R. 20 (which confirmed that contractual liability is the starting point for determining service charge liabilities and considered the interpretation of s.19(2) of the 1985 Act). The most recent substantive decision in the case (sub nom The Lessees v Francis FTT(PC), 09 March 2017) was the subject of an article 'The million-dollar service charge reduction: The latest round of Phillips v Francis' - https://www.lease-advice.org/article/million-dollar-service-charge-reduction-latest-round-phillips-v-francis/
. Rawdon was also involved in part of the North East Property Buyers Litigation in the Court of Appeal in 2011 and was in the appellate stages of one of the leading cases on lease interpretation, Arnold v Britton  UKSC 36;  2 W.L.R. 1593, in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Rawdon was the keynote speaker at the Lease Conference in 2016 and is a regular contributor to Landlord & Tenant Review and writes for a number of other legal journals. He is on the Editorial Board of 'Counsel' magazine.
The Property Ombudsman
Katrine Sporle CBE took up her current post as The Property Ombudsman on 1st November 2015. Previously, Katrine Sporle was Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales (2003-2011), which involved being responsible for all aspects of the Government Executive Agency, 1000 members of staff and a £60m budget.
Prior to that, Katrine was Chief Executive of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for eight years. She provided inspirational leadership to develop the potential of the Borough as a whole, gaining a reputation for economic, cultural and social success.
Leasehold Knowledge Partnership
Sebastian O'Kelly was a national newspaper journalist for 30 years, latterly as property editor of the Mail on Sunday where he highlighted concerns in the retirement housing sector. In 2012 he established the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, a registered charity that is the secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group on leasehold and commonhold reform, which has 122 MP members. BetterRetirementHousing.com and www.leaseholdknowledge.com report the leasehold and retirement leasehold sectors, and seek to highlight concerns in national media and Parliament. Both sites provide a Help Line, and only a fraction of the cases where assistance is given result in published articles.
Www.BetterRetirementHousing.com believes that it is highly desirable that there is an expanded retirement housing sector in the UK. At present, only 2 per cent of over-65s live in designated retirement housing, against 12 per cent in North America and 17 per cent in Australasia. Unfortunately, there are established reasons why the sector does not have the confidence of the elderly. These need addressing to allow the sector to grow.
Nicola Muir is a barrister specialising in landlord and tenant and real property litigation. She has over 20 years' experience and is recommended by both Chambers & Partners 2018 and the Legal 500 as a leading junior in property litigation. Nicola regularly appears in Court and in both the First Tier and Upper Tribunals of the Property Chamber. Her recent cases include Corvan (Properties) Ltd v Abdel-Mahmoud  UKUT 228 (LC), Leaseholders of Foundling Court and others v Camden LBC, Allied London (Brunswick) Ltd and others  UKUT 366 (LC), T Hilling & Co. Ltd  UKUT 0600 and Tibber v Buckley  EWCA Civ 1294.
Nicola has a regular column on residential property law in the Estates Gazette and is a co-author of "Service Charges and Management" by Tanfield Chambers.
Martin Boyd had a career in
IT and subsequently became
a property investor. As a
leaseholder at Charter Quay
in Kingston, Surrey, Martin
orchestrated four Leasehold
Valuation Tribunal victories against his landlord, winning back more than £500,000 in over-paid service charges.
A Trustee of The Leasehold Knowledge Partnership and
Secretariat of the All Party
Parliamentary Group on
Leasehold and Commonhold
Reform, Martin is also Chairman of the company which acts as landlord for the largest mixed use site in England entirely owned by its residential
Managing Director, McDowalls
Chris Baker has been the owner of McDowalls since 2011 having started his professional career as a property manager there in 1999.
McDowalls specialises in residential lease extensions and freehold enfranchisement cases; residential private rented sector management; and, property licensing. Its clients include local housing associations, private clients, local authorities and corporate clients.
CEO – LEASE
Anthony is the Chief Executive of the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE), an accredited mediator and qualified as a Barrister in the early 1990s. Before becoming Chief Executive of LEASE in 2007 he was Principal Legal Advisor. He has been involved in residential leasehold for almost 20 years and is a regular speaker addressing leasehold matters in both the private and public sector.
Jeff is Managing Director of Section20 Ltd; leasehold consultants to both the public and private sectors. Jeff has been heavily involved in developing professional qualifications, examinations and training within the long leasehold sector. He is the lead author of the Property Management Chapter of the RICS UK Residential Property Standards ('the blue book') and the RICS Guidance: Managing mixed use developments. Jeff is also a Member of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).
Justin's practice covers all aspects of housing, property and local government law. He is the Deputy General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and is the author or co-author of a number of other books and annotated statutes. In 2015 he gave evidence to the Welsh Assembly on the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill.
He is particularly familiar with the work of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal/First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and has appeared in a number of reported Lands Tribunal/Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and Court of Appeal cases concerning leasehold disputes, including most of the major Right to Manage cases. He is able to accept Direct Access instructions.
James Wyatt F.R.I.C.S.
Director of Parthenia
James believes in the robust analysis of empirical evidence and has been leading the debate on relativity and having it set according to the untainted market evidence. He worked for a number of years with academics (Dr Bracke at the Bank of England and Dr Pinchbeck at the LSE) on the issue of relativity and gathered more untainted sales evidence than all the other graphs combined. Together with a team from the LSE he created indices based upon pounds per square foot, which showed another agents' opinion based index had been wrong for a number of years. He is an economics graduate (MPhil University of Cambridge) and holds professional financial qualifications. He specializes in valuations for tax purposes and undertaking expert witness work.