Sebastian O’Kelly was the Mail on Sunday’s property editor for 10 years. In 2011 he wrote about the plight of retirement flat residents facing inflated fees and unacceptable, peremptory management practices. Since then he has been writing about leasehold issues concerning high-end London riverside developments, such as the £1 million settlement to leaseholders at St George’s Wharf, Vauxhall, in September 2011, which was obfuscated by a confidentiality agreement; the £500,000 re-payments at Charter Quay, Kingston, and the right to manage victory at Chelsea Bridge Wharf, in Battersea. He jointly set up LKP with Melissa Briggs in January 2012.
Melissa is a sales and marketing professional, IT consultant, political activist and veteran campaigner. She is a co-founder of the Campaign Against Retirement Leasehold Exploitation (Carlex) and stood as an independent candidate at the last general election.
Martin Boyd had a career in IT and subsequently became a property investor. As a leaseholder at Charter Quay in Kingston, Surrey, Martin orchestrated four Leasehold Valuation Tribunal victories against his landlord, winning back more than £500,000 in over-paid service charges. The cases amount to devastating criticism of current leasehold practices and are reported on this site. Search ‘charter quay’