John specialises in residential landlord and tenant, and has a particularly strong reputation in leasehold enfranchisement of houses and flats, and lease extensions for flats. He has acted in all forms of non-contentious property matters, including retail and other lettings and investment property.

John is a leading practitioner for clients in the specialist leasehold reform field; for landlords he has dealt with a substantial number of such transactions for the Crown Estate, as well as in the past for the Anstruther Estate and Petersham Estate , and for leaseholders he is a “go to” adviser for properties on the Cadogan, Grosvenor, Wellcome Trust, Howard de Walden and other principal central London estates.

Hema Anand heads the residential real estate team and John Stephenson has core strengths in leasehold enfranchisement matters; the two have ‘formed a formidable partnership’. Legal 500 UK 2017

John Stephenson – ‘extremely responsive’ with ‘a mastery of the subject matter. When issues come up he can address them immediately and communicate them in an easily understandable manner.’ ‘I love John,’ enthuses one peer, explaining that ‘he’s an utterly, utterly nice man who knows how to get things done for his clients.’ Another refers to him as ‘the guru of tenant enfranchisement. Clients like him, he gives straightforward advice, he gets the deal done and he has fantastic relationships with agents and surveyors.’ Chambers & Partners HNW Guide 2017

Career Highlights

  • Day v Hosebay (Supreme Court)
  • Cadogan v 26 Cadogan Square Limited (House of Lords)
  • Sloane Stanley Trustees v Carey-Morgan and Stephenson (Court of Appeal)
  • And many other leading leasehold reform cases

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