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New Head of Real Estate at LCF Law

LCF Law | Harriet Thornton | Head of Real Estate

A real estate lawyer has been promoted to head a department at the law firm where she initially trained.

Harriet Thornton is an award-winning property lawyer, who is highly skilled in all aspects of commercial property with a speciality in leasehold enfranchisement. Following her promotion, she will now head the firm’s 18-strong real estate department.

Harriet provides legal advice to clients on acquisitions, new developments, commercial leases and portfolio management. She works across all sectors but has a particular focus on the third sector, representing several well-known large national charities.

Harriet, who is a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners, said: “I’m particularly proud of the work I have done growing the firm’s leasehold enfranchisement division, helping both landlords and tenants with lease extensions as well as purchases and sales of their freeholds. We created a fixed fee staged costs model so when dealing with collective enfranchisements for blocks of apartments, every leaseholder knows exactly where they stand.

“Working with developers on projects across Leeds, London, Manchester and Harrogate is also particularly rewarding, as I get to assist them at every stage of the project, from site acquisition through to setting up the estate development and subsequent plot sales. I also help developers with purchase and development finance and always take a proactive approach to every project.”

Simon Stell, managing partner at LCF Law, said: “Harriet is a very capable and dependable lawyer who is well-liked by clients and colleagues. Having won and been shortlisted for several industry awards over the years, she has carved out an impressive career, built and enviable client list and led the way in providing first rate services that exceed clients’ expectations.”

LCF Law’s real estate department provides timely, clear legal advice on everything from commercial leases, licenses and tenancies through to commercial and residential development, lease terminations and surrenders, pension fund property, planning and the environment, property finance and remortgaging, extending residential leases, collective enfranchisement, as well as adverse possession and land registry title enquiries.


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