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INTERVIEW: KERRY GLANVILLE,
SENIOR PARTNER AND HEAD OF REAL ESTATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION,
PEMBERTON GREENISH LLP

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What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

It has to be my election as senior partner of Pemberton Greenish. As the only child of a father whose one qualification was a licence to drive a rather large lorry and someone who had travelled from Cardiff to visit London on only three occasions in her life before attending interviews for university aged 17, I would not have been identified as someone likely to achieve this honour.


What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

Those with whom I have professional relationships would probably say that I am quite direct. Clients come to us for advice and whilst it will be necessary to explain the various options available to them it is for us, using our judgment and experience, to make recommendations as to the best course and give clear guidance.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

There are certain occasions when it might be appropriate to be more circumspect!


Can you give me a practical example of how you helped a client add value to the business?

Playing an active role in the team that persuaded the Upper Tribunal, in a case that became known as Arbib, to reduce the deferment rate in enfranchisement valuations from 6% to 4.5/4.75%. I represented clients in subsequent cases where refinements were made to this outcome but it was Arbib that marked the departure from a practice that had been adopted for some years previously and which many in the industry thought would not succeed. It added very substantial value to the estate of the client I represented in that case and also to the value of residential property held by other freeholders, particularly in prime central London.


Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

The biggest challenge clients within my sector face over the next 12 months will be to understand and ensure that their voices are heard in relation to various proposals intended to bring about change regarding the leasehold ownership of residential property which features highly on the political agenda. Currently the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government is consulting on proposals to overcome barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector. In September the Law Commission will be consulting on an overhaul of the regime for enfranchisement. The following month it will launch a consultation on commonhold as a form of tenure with the promise of a further consultation on leaseholders’ right to manage after that. The legislation which results from these exercises will have a wide reaching impact on our clients’ residential property portfolios.

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