Caroline Wild

Legal Director
Contact details

020 7014 5257

Caroline works as part of the Residential property team in London.  As an expert in leasehold enfranchisement, she heads the team’s specialism in this niche area of law.

Main area of practice

Caroline’s main practice areas include lease extensions and freehold purchases, both on a voluntary basis and under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.

Caroline also deals with Right to Manage applications and freehold sales/purchases which are subject to the right of first refusal provisions under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.

Caroline has experience in all other areas of residential property, also handling residential sales and purchases, and overseeing the property management service offered by Blake Morgan.

Clients

Caroline works with landlords and tenants whether they are private individuals, associations or companies, dealing with lease extension claims and freehold purchases. In addition, Caroline assists both landlords and management companies with their property management needs.

Caroline also handles high value sales and purchases for owner-occupiers and investors, particularly where the transaction involves a lease extension.

Caroline has developed excellent working relationships with specialist surveyors operating in this technical area. Caroline’s knowledge enables her to help her clients manage their property interests to their full potential, avoiding pitfalls in the complex legislation and achieving successful outcomes.

Accreditations

  • Highly Commended Young Professional of the Year at the Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards 2012
  • Finalist Solicitor of the Year at the Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards 2013
  • Finalist Young Professional of the Year at the Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards 2014

Expertise

Career

Caroline graduated from The University of Hull in 2003 with a 2:1 LLB degree in Law, and thereafter obtained a distinction from The College of Law (London) in her Legal Practice Course.
Completing her Training Contract at a firm in Hertfordshire, Caroline qualified in 2006, specialising immediately in leasehold enfranchisement.
Caroline thereafter joined Piper Smith Watton LLP as an Associate in 2011, being promoted to Senior Associate in 2014, and Legal Director in 2015.
Contact details

020 7014 5257

Memberships
  • Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP)
  • Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE)
  • City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society

Significant Experience

  • Advising on numerous statutory lease extension claims, primarily in Prime Central London; regularly acting for tenants (private individuals and companies; UK based and international investors) against the Cadogan Estate, The Wellcome Trust, Grosvenor Estate, St George’s Estate and The Crown
  • Assisting mainly tenant clients with statutory collective enfranchisement claims; regularly acting against the Cadogan Estate and St George’s Estate
  • Dealing with First-tier Tribunal proceedings for statutory lease extension and collective enfranchisement claims, including the recent notable case The Earl Cadogan & Another v (1) 25 Hans Place Freehold Limited & (2) Freehold Estates Limited
  • Advising a privately owned London-based residential property investment company with their substantial property portfolio in St John’s Wood, Maida Vale and Kingston upon Thames; dealing with voluntary and statutory lease extensions and property management matters
  • Assisting tenant clients with statutory enfranchisement claims for unusual, high value houses in Chelsea and Knightsbridge, acting against the Cadogan Estate and The Wellcome Trust respectively
  • As a panel solicitor, managing and supervising multiple projects containing 30 or more statutory lease extensions referred through Leasehold Solutions

Insights by Caroline


articles

6 March - Caroline Wild

In December 2018 the Law Commission published a Consultation Paper on commonhold reform: "Reinvigorating commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership", available here. In it they make provisional proposals to make commonhold work...

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28 November - Caroline Wild

The Law Commission has published a Consultation Paper on the law of leasehold enfranchisement, which discusses widespread reform for leaseholders’ rights to: extend the lease of their house or flat;...

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