15 September 2020

Damian Greenish joins Forsters Real Estate practice

Forsters, one of the pre-eminent private wealth and real estate law firms, is delighted to announce that Damian Greenish, the leading authority on residential leasehold reform, joined the firm on 7 September as a Senior Consultant within its top ranked Real Estate practice.

This significant appointment enhances the firm’s profile as a leading advisor on London estate management and leasehold reform matters. Damian’s role is to drive new business and serve the needs of Forsters existing client base. He will work closely with Natasha Rees, head of the firm’s Property Litigation practice and Enfranchisement team, and Lucy Barber who leads the Residential team. He will also liaise with Forsters’ Landed Estates team, focusing on areas of estate management, strategy and technical leasehold reform issues.

Damian Greenish commented: “Forsters is a firm with a well-earned reputation within the real estate market, particularly in relation to residential and complex litigation matters. It is a huge privilege to join the firm and to work closely with both Natasha, Lucy and the wider teams that specialise in advising London estates. The market is facing a challenging and uncertain time. In my experience, this is when clients need clear, commercial and results driven advice more than ever. I am very much looking forward to being part of such a fantastic team.”

Natasha Rees, Head of Property Litigation at Forsters commented: “We are delighted to welcome Damian to the firm. His expertise will be invaluable to the integrated service we offer to estate, developer and investor clients particularly in the area of enfranchisement. His depth of knowledge and understanding of some of the most complex legal issues affecting the owners of residential assets will further strengthen our formidable reputation within the London market.”

Damian writes and lectures regularly on residential leasehold reform and chairs many of the leading conferences in this specialist area. Damian is Honorary President of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) and sits on the Residential Management Committee of the British Property Federation (BPF). These roles have enabled him to lead on strategic discussions with government departments and in lobbying for changes and improvements in the law.

Most recently, Damian has been involved with the Law Commission’s July 2020 Reports on the reform of the law relating to residential leasehold. As part of this role he has worked with the Law Commission and the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government as well as participating in numerous discussion groups, and lobby groups (including the APPG) and symposiums. He will remain actively involved over the next few years as these proposals for change develop further.

The recruitment of Damian further strengthens the firm’s 30-Partner Real Estate team which boasts a head count of over 110 lawyers and advises on all aspects of residential and commercial property.

"We benefit from a partner-level service but always with really strong junior members of the team to do the heavy lifting. They are consistently one of the best firms we use."
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