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Daniel O'Doherty

Daniel O'Doherty
Consultant Solicitor

Daniel is a very experienced solicitor specialising in property law with an emphasis on freehold transfers, leases and leasehold law, property litigation and landlord and tenant law.

Having first obtained a BA Hons degree in journalism, Daniel qualified as a solicitor at a niche London firm in 2007 and subsequently became a partner at a south London firm. Daniel enjoys representing individual, public and corporate clients in both residential and commercial property matters including:

Freehold and leasehold

  • Collective enfranchisement claims under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993
  • Freehold transfers pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 and non-statutory freehold transfers
  • Freehold acquisitions of a house pursuant to the Leasehold Reform Act 1967
  • New leases and lease extensions, both statutory, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, and non-statutory
  • Commercial lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenancy Act 1954
  • Lease variations and surrenders
  • Licences for alterations
  • Statutory consultation pertaining to major works and qualifying long term agreements
  • Right to manage claims under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002
  • Appointment of manager proceedings pursuant to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987
  • Missing landlord proceedings relating to freehold acquisitions and lease extensions
  • Easements
  • Declarations of trust
  • Participation agreements

Litigation and housing

  • Residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes including breach of lease/tenancy, rent and service charge disputes, rent deposit disputes, disrepair
  • Tenancy agreements
  • Possessions and forfeiture, including possession claims under the Housing Act 1988
  • Restrictive and positive covenants
  • Party Wall Act disputes
  • Boundary and neighbour disputes
  • Adverse possession claims
  • Compulsory purchase orders
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency (specifically in relation to property)
  • Right to light disputes
  • Trespass
  • Nuisance

Daniel regularly appears on behalf of clients in the courts and property tribunals and has strong connections with barristers and valuers and surveyors. He has successfully represented clients at mediations and has appeared in the Court of Appeal and worked with Queen’s Counsel. He has appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show to speak about leasehold  reform.

 A client who was represented by Daniel at a hearing in the First-tier Tribunal with Daniel has reported: “The judge agreed with every submission Daniel made and complimented him on his knowledge of the case. I was very impressed.”

It is important to Daniel to not only achieve success for his clients but to do so, cost-effectively, efficiently and professionally. 

Daniel enjoys spending time with family and friends and speaking Italian. When not practising law he likes to play the flute, piano and guitar. He is a Tae Kwon-do black belt and has represented England at the ITF British championships. 

Practice areas

Enfranchisement Litigation

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