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Honorary President of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) 

Residential Management Committee of the British Property Federation (BPF)

Damian Greenish

Senior Consultant, Property Litigation

Damian is a Senior Consultant within our top ranked Real Estate practice, he specialises in the management of significant London estates and is the leading authority on residential leasehold reform.

He provides a specialist legal service to London property owners, developers and investors, particularly the London Landed Estates. He was the principal legal adviser to the Board of the Cadogan Group for over 20 years and is Chairman of the Trustees of the Sloane Stanley Estate (a landed Estate in west Chelsea). Damian continues to advise the family that owns the Estate on all aspects of running and developing it. In his previous firm he was client partner for several London Estates.

Damian has been involved in many of the leading court cases regarding residential leasehold reform in the Supreme Court, House of Lords, Court of Appeal, High Court and the valuation tribunals. His cases include several landmark cases including: Sportelli, Hosebay, Dolphin Square, Mundy and Aggio. He is the co-author of the leading textbook on the subject (Hague on Leasehold Enfranchisement); the seventh Edition was published in December 2020.

Most recently, Damian has been heavily involved with the Law Commission’s Reports dealing with the reform of the law relating to residential leasehold. As part of this role he has attended meetings with the Law Commission and the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government as well as participating in numerous discussion and lobby groups (including the All-Party Parliamentary Group for leasehold and commonhold reform) and symposiums. He will remain actively involved in this and his role will continue over the next few years as these proposals for change develop further.

He regularly writes and lectures on residential leasehold reform and acts as the chairman of many at 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.

Damian joined Forsters in September 2020. He was until his retirement in 2016 Chairman of Pemberton Greenish, a firm he co-founded and led as Senior Partner for 12 years.

"Expertise in dealing with high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth families with a global exposure is very obvious from the moment they are engaged."  
The Legal 500, 2020
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