Experts

Mari Knowles

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer from a very young age, although even now I cannot remember why! Having completed my education, I started my legal career in Brighton over ten years ago and have never looked back. I have always worked as a landlord and tenant lawyer, gaining experience in residential and commercial conveyancing, complex landlord and tenant transactions and in litigation. 

I have for many years provided a pro bono service for leaseholders in need of advice, working closely with the charity Leasehold Knowledge Partnership. I continue to provide this service where I can (see contacts page)

I have recently been involved in assisting leaseholders with the “Ground Rent Scandal” relating to onerous lease terms and the unsaleability of thousands of properties because of it. This included reporting my investigative findings to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold Reform in April 2017. I have been heavily involved with the Government on this to fight onerous leases and will continue my campaign until an end is put to the matter. 

I currently manage Commonhold and Leasehold Experts Limited, and also work for the Law Commission part time on the Government’s leasehold reforms.

Emily Fitzpatrick

I have specialised in Enfranchisement, Right to Manage and other Leasehold Reform work for all of my practising career and have a background in general property litigation. My practice has expanded to professional negligence claims in the leasehold reform field. I qualified as a Solicitor in 2007.

I act for freeholders, intermediate landlords and tenants and played a leading role in my former firm being short listed in the Regional Professional of the Year category in the 2014 Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards. I was delighted to be individually crowned Winner of the Regional Professional of the Year in the 2015 awards and was listed in the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Residential Leasehold Property Sector by News on the Block. I was also a finalist in the 2016 and 2017 ERMA's for Regional Professional of the Year and Solicitor of the Year. I pride myself in getting the best result for my clients, often acting against some of the perhaps more tricky opponents.

In addition to private practice work, I am also working part time for the Law Commission on the Government’s leasehold and commonhold reforms.

Hannah Brace

I explored a few different careers before I decided that law was the area I wanted to work in.  As I hadn’t gone down the traditional route by going to university, I initially worked part time on reception at a local law firm while I gained a legal secretarial qualification.  Soon after I began working full time as a legal secretary, I worked in different areas of law assisting with, company and commercial, employment and residential conveyancing.  During this time I decided to study further and obtain a full legal qualification enabling me to work on my own caseload. I worked during the day and attended college in the evenings.

I am now a Licensed Conveyancer and Associate member of the Institute of Legal Executives. I specialise in residential property transactions. I pride myself in the service I provide to my clients, always aiming to ensure they are kept up to speed with progress and receive clear and appropriate advice in an effort to make the moving process as stress free as possible!

The firm

Mari and Emily first met as opponents in Court during their training years in 2006 when they worked for opposing law firms in Brighton. They then ran a pro bono clinic for leaseholders in Brighton together for many years before eventually working together. They now continue their working relationship at Commonhold and Leasehold Experts Limited.