John was a partner for some 10 years at City firm DJ Freeman, before founding Summers Solicitors LLP, a West End firm specialising in property and commercial work.
John has successfully completed several hundred claims under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (as amended), and the Leasehold Reform Act 1967. These claims relate to lease extensions, collective enfranchisements, and freehold acquisitions. He has also advised on Right to Manage claims under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002, and on the Right of First Refusal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987.
John has particular expertise in making claims against Central London Estates including against the Grosvenor Estate, the Eyre Estate, Welcome Trust, and The Cadogan Estate, as well as substantial property owners such as the Freshwater Group.
He has been instrumental in establishing new law as to the correct test for measurement of the residential/non-residential and common parts of a building in a Collective Enfrashisement claim (Indiana Investments Ltd ~v~ Taylor 2004 3E.G.L.R.63).
John is a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners.
John also advises clients, both corporate and individual on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, and Landlord and Tenant matters, both contentious and non-contentious.
He has recently acted for a quoted company in a landlord and tenant matter in the Cambridge Science Park and for many years has advised a professional body and significant provider of education on their real estate transactions.
John's litigation practice extends to High Court and County Court claims and in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution John has participated in numerous mediations, the great majority of which have been successfully concluded.
John's wide experience is such that he is able to offer advice to clients in both differing and overlapping areas of his expertise.