Lauren Fraser, Senior Associate
Lauren specialises in property related disputes with a focus on commercial and residential landlord and tenant issues and leasehold enfranchisement.
Lauren’s practice includes all aspects of residential property disputes with particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement, acting for one of the largest London estates as well as other landlords and leaseholders. Lauren also advises landlords and management companies in relation to service charges disputes, breaches of the lease and other management issues.
Lauren also has extensive commercial experience in opposed and unopposed lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, dilapidations and other issues arising from disrepair, forfeiture and break notices.
Lauren is co-lead of the Essential Residential hub, offering expert insight and advice into residential property matters. Lauren write regularly for the legal press, including the Estates Gazette and the Property Law Journal. She is ranked as a “Recommended Lawyer” in the Legal 500.
Lauren is admitted to practise in England and Wales.
- Acting for a major London Estate in connection with a multi-million pound claim under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1967
- Acting for a major London landlord in an opposed lease renewal under section 30(1)(f) and (g) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 which was resolved on favourable terms after a mediation
- Advising one of the largest privately held pub operators in the UK in connection with the property management of their portfolio of over 4000 sites
Property Patter: what’s been happening in the world of Essential Residential?
We discuss recent cases of interest to those dealing with residential property.
The impact of ground rent reforms on Integrated Retirement Communities
The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill, which limits ground rents in new residential long leases, received Royal Assent on 8 February 2022.
Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill receives Royal Assent
James Souter and Lauren Fraser appeared on Estates Gazette’s On the Case podcast to discuss the Supreme Court decision in FirstPort Property Services Ltd v Settlers Court RTM Co Ltd
James and Lauren advance the main arguments relied on by the parties, and discuss how they were addressed by the Supreme Court.
The changing leasehold landscape: Government consultation on reforming the leasehold and commonhold systems in England and Wales
Lauren Fraser and Laura Bushaway explore the changes occurring in the leasehold landscape process.
What do the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill debates tell us about the Government’s plans for Leasehold Reform?
Property Patter: Break Options – The Top 5 Traps
Top 5 tips for exercising break options.
A closer look at the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill
Laura Fraser and Laura Bushaway explore the impacts of the leasehold reform bill.
Q&A: Separate blocks, common parts and enfranchisement
Miriam Seitler and Lauren Fraser answer queries relating to leaseholders seeking to acquire the freehold.
Property Patter: what’s the latest in the world of Essential Residential?
How is commonhold going to be encouraged and will ASTs ever return to a straightforward 2 month termination process?
All change for residential tenancy notice periods: Are these the final modifications?
Reviewing the latest amendments of the The Coronavirus Act 2020.
The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill
Further extension of coronavirus restrictions affecting residential properties: Where are we now?
The extension will be implemented from and including 31 March 2021 by the Coronavirus Act 2020.
Leasehold Reform – The devil is in the detail
Taking a closer look at the Government’s announcement in January to reform the procedure for enfranchisement and lease extensions.
Further extension to ban on residential evictions
There has been a further extension of the ban on enforcement of possession orders at residential dwellings in England until 31 March 2021 .
Leases and licences: Sizing up the available options
Lauren Fraser and Jacqueline Lean answer queries on the right of forfeiture.
Ban on residential evictions extended
The Government has extended the ban on enforcement of possession orders, read what it means here.
The journey begins….destination : commonhold
Following the Government's press release today, read what it means for the residential sector here.
Lifting the stay on residential possession proceedings: where are we now?
The stay on all forms of possession proceedings was lifted in September, but implications for landlords still remain.
Lauren Fraser writes for the Estates Gazette Legal Q&A on leases and licences