Experts

Mari Knowles

For many years, I have been working as a landlord and tenant lawyer, with experience in residential and commercial conveyancing, complex enfranchisement transactions and in landlord and tenant litigation. The firm is a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) and I am a member of the Property Litigation Association (PLA).  

I recently worked for the Law Commission as a leasehold reform lawyer, and currently work part-time for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government advising on all aspects of commonhold and leasehold reform. As well as the reform work, I retain a private practice and manage Commonhold and Leasehold Experts Limited.  

I have for many years provided a pro bono service for leaseholders in need of advice, working closely with various leasehold charities over the years. I continue to provide this service where I can.

I am pleased to have recently edited “Volume 8(1) Commonhold Commentary and Forms and Precedents” for LexisNexis, which is a practitioner’s guide on commonhold laws.

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 leaseholders. I 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 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 am a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners. I pride myself in getting the best result for my clients, often acting against some of the more challenging opponents.

I am also working part time for the Law Commission as part of three teams advising the MHCLG on law reform to enfranchisement, right to manage and commonhold legislation.

In my spare time I enjoy tending to my rescue house bunnies and cockapoo, and playing netball for my local team which I also Captain. I am a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, can often be found at local motoring events and enjoy watching the Formula 1. I am also a member of the Rabbit Welfare Association and hold a certificate in England Netball Umpiring.

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.