Young barrister who won ‘legal torture’ case is nominated for award

Stephanie Smith

The young barrister who represented for free the pensioners in the notorious ‘legal torture’ case at Oakland Court in Worthing is up for an award. Stephanie Smith, a barrister in her twenties, defeated Justin Bates, who was acting for the freehold-owning landlord and is a more senior lawyer in her own Arden Chambers. Bates is […]

Full ‘legal torture’ tribunal ruling is published

The full Leasehold Valuation Tribunal rulings at Oakland Court in Worthing – including the preliminary decision, refusal of leave to appeal by the LVT and the final determination – has been published on the Ministry of Justice website. The link is below. The pensioners were contesting the notional rent of the house manager’s flat, but […]

‘Legal torture’ pensioners settle for £68,500 … but two of the original leasehold applicants have since died

The landlords' lawyers repeatedly delayed the LVT case of the pensioners at Oakland Court, which was criticised as "legal torture" in the Commons

Leasehold residents at the Oakland Court retirement development in Worthing today accepted a £68,500 settlement of their dispute with their landlord over the notional rent of the house warden’s flat. Sadly, two of the original applicants have died and three have moved to full-time nursing care since the application to the LVT was made in […]

Sort out LVTs and keep on exposing leasehold ‘legal torture’, Sir Peter Bottomley tells the Commons

Sir Peter Bottomley

Sir Peter Bottomley, Conservative MP for Worthing West, praised those who have been exposing leasehold abuses in a statement to the Commons this afternoon. He also called on the government to examine the process of Leasehold Valuation Tribunals and asked for a written ministerial statement on their workings to be provided in September. He cited […]

Stop this ‘legal torture’ of pensioners, says MP

Sir Peter Bottomley denounces LVT stratagems in post on LKP Sir Peter Bottomley attacks “relentless money-grabbing opponent” A senior Tory MP has posted on LKP today to express his utter disgust at the delaying tactics used by the freeholder  – whose lawyers included Laceys, who proclaim themselves the “honorary solicitors” of ARMA – at the […]

Pensioners in £137,000 victory


Leasehold residents wrongly charged for warden’s flat … dating back to 1986! Landmark victory at Oakland Court, in Worthing, means notional rent for a warden’s flat cannot be paid out of service charges   In a landmark case, 40 elderly leaseholders have won an epic battle against paying for the notional rent of their warden’s […]