Judging Process

Judging Process

The judges marks will count for 100% of the final results. The judges will select a shortlist which will be announced online. There is NO public vote.

Each finalist will receive a mention at the Awards. There will be one winner for each award category announced at the awards ceremony.

The Judging panel for the 2019 Awards is:

Anna Bailey, Founder and Director of ALEP
A Chartered Marketer by profession, Anna is co-owner of marketing agency DRIVE Marketing, as well as Leasehold Solutions, Leasehold Valuers and Leasehold Law. In 2007 she founded ALEP (the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners) with her brother, Alex Greenslade, and has overseen the growth of the Association to 230 member organisations.

Mike Basquill, Associate Director at RICS
Mike Basquill has recently joined RICS as Associate Director, RICS Residential Professional Group, having served as a volunteer member on RICS’ Housing Supply Working Group since 2010. Mike spent 11 years in local authorities, first as a planner, before becoming a Chartered Surveyor. He has spent the last 23 years working in a variety of senior in roles in housing associations developing sale and rent newbuild, refurbishment and regeneration projects, as well as leading on product development. He was latterly Strategic Project Director with responsibility for delivering the affordable housing at East Village, Stratford (formerly Athletes’ Village). Mike is also a non-executive director of a Housing Trust providing care and accommodation for elderly people.


Professor James Driscoll
Professor James Driscoll is a solicitor, an author and a Judge (part-time) at the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). For 20 years he was a consultant solicitor with Trowers & Hamlins specialising in housing law. A prolific author of books and articles, he is the Consultant Editor to the Butterworths Residential Landlord and Tenant Handbook, to Halsbury’s Laws (volume 56, ‘Housing’ and volumes 62, 63 and 64 ‘Landlord and Tenant’) and he has written several other books and loose-leaf works including the Handbook of Residential Tenancies (Thomsons). James is a consultant editor to the Landlord and Tenant Reports and he regularly contributes articles to the Estates Gazette, the New Law Journal and other publications. He is also a well-known speaker at conferences on housing and property law speaking to lawyers, surveyors and other property professionals.

Damian Greenish, Consultant, Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Damian Greenish has been a solicitor for over 40 years. Until his retirement as a partner in 2016, he was senior partner and then chairman of the specialist property firm of Pemberton Greenish LLP. He now has his own consultancy. He is a leading authority on residential leasehold reform, having been involved in many of the landmark enfranchisement cases in the Supreme Court, House of Lords, Court of Appeal, High Court and the valuation tribunals.  He has been the joint editor of Hague on Leasehold Enfranchisement since 1998. He is well known as a speaker at and as a regular chairman of the leading conferences and seminars in this specialised sector of the law.

Anna Favre, Partner, Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Anna Favre is a partner at Cripps Pemberton Greenish. She is a recognised expert in the complex fields of leasehold enfranchisement and residential landlord and tenant law acting for major London landed Estates, high net worth individuals and companies advising on all aspects of leasehold.  Anna regularly presents at conferences and seminars and has written for both the legal and general press on these specialist areas. In both 2016 and 2017 Anna won Real Estate Lawyer of the Year at the Women in Law Awards. She is also a member of ALEP.


Nicola Muir, Barrister, Tanfield Chambers
Nicola Muir is a senior member of the Tanfield Chambers’ property team.  She is a specialist in enfranchisement law and all aspects of landlord and tenant law.  Nicola regularly appears in the FTT and Upper Tribunal in relation to enfranchisement claims – notable cases in which she has appeared include Tibber v Buckley (CA), Westminster City Council v CH2006 Ltd (UT), Corvan (Properties) Ltd v Abdel-Mahmoud (CA) and LM Homes Ltd v Queen Court Freehold Co. Ltd (FTT) . Nicola is recommended by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 which says “She immediately installs faith and confidence in both solicitors and clients”.   Nicola was shortlisted by the Legal 500 as Junior of the Year 2019 for Real Estate, Environment and Planning.   In addition to her busy practice, Nicola has a regular column on legal issues relating to the residential property in the Estates Gazette.

Natasha Rees, Partner and Head of Property Litigation, Forsters
Natasha has experience in all areas of commercial and residential property litigation with particular expertise in residential disputes and leasehold enfranchisement. Natasha also heads up the Forsters Enfranchisement Team.  She advises and acts for estates, charities, commercial landlords and management companies primarily in London. She also acts for both landlords and tenants in relation to enfranchisement claims and enfranchisement related litigation including professional negligence claims.   Natasha joined Forsters from Pinsent Masons in 2001 and became a partner in 2008. Natasha is on the contributory board of the Property Law Journal and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on residential property litigation and enfranchisement.



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