Matthew is a Chartered Surveyor and has been with Peter Barry since 2012 and was made an Associate Director in 2021. He has built his reputation as a valuation specialist, in particular lease extension and freehold enfranchisement matters. He has successfully negotiated numerous matters for both leaseholders and freeholders and has represented clients in the First Tier Tribunal. He also has a key interest in party wall work. Outside of work Matthew is a keen golfer and is trying to get his handicap back down to that of his heyday teenage years.
It is over a month since the Housing Secretary's announcement on Leasehold Reform. We wrote are response shortly after and have been advising numerous clients, new and existing on what this means for them.Our pithy answer is "there is great opportunity but it all depend on your personal circumstances". The vast majority of ... Read More >>
1. What is Probate? The definition of Probate is 'proving' which entails proving that the deceased's will in possession of the Executor is their last. Probate is granted by the Court which determines that the Executor has the power to administer the estate.Once Probate has been granted the Executor is able to sell the ... Read More >>
One of the most common reasons for leaseholders wanting to extend their leases is the need to sell. A property's value decreases along with the lease, with a 70-year lease worth around 90% of a 100-year lease, whilst a 60-year lease is more like 80%. The basic mathematics of the lease extension process means that the cost of ... Read More >>