Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF


Flat Owners and Managers

We have a large and experienced specialist team dedicated to advising and assisting property managers, freeholders and flat owners in relation to blocks of flats, plus we have lectured extensively to property managers. 

We work closely with many firms of managing agents and resident managing companies throughout the country. We can offer a quick and cost effective service in relation to all aspects of the law regarding blocks of flats and in particular:

  • Service charge recovery and lease enforcement
  • The collective right to purchase the freehold
  • The collective right to manage the block
  • Lease extensions
  • Variations of Leases
  • Lease forfeiture
  • Tribunal and court representation

For many years, we have been recommended for Property Litigation by the well respected clients guide to the best law firms, the Legal 500, with a particular mention for Mark Timberlake, our Managing Partner.

Mark Timberlake explains complex issues in understandable terms” and is “excellent in really difficult situation”.

For further advice on any issues regarding flats please contact one of our team today to see how we can help.


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Meet the Team

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Mark Timberlake

Managing Partner — Dispute Resolution

Direct dial: 01202 755200
Switchboard: 01202 755980


“The advice Mark gave was very good value for money and the combination of strictly accurate legal advice and common sense were exactly what I needed.”

Nick Stocks. Director, Spitfire Court Properties Ltd.

Mark is managing partner of Laceys and also heads the Dispute Resolution department. Mark specialises in property and landlord and tenant disputes, possession and debt recovery in relation to both commercial and residential property. He has extensive experience in relation to issues involving blocks of flats including representation in the Property Chamber and the courts. He has also dealt with many commercial disputes, professional negligence and insolvency claims.

He has frequently given talks on the law as it affects managing agents through the Association of Residential Managing Agents and other groups.

He has been recommended for many years by the Legal 500 Guide to the Legal profession which has said that Mark ‘is very highly rated by clients’, ‘explains complex issues in understandable terms’ and ‘is excellent in really difficult situations’. He is a committee member of the Bournemouth Law Society and a governor of Dumpton School.

Mark is married with 2 teenage children and at weekends can often be found on his boat which he sails competitively.

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Charlotte Pottinger

Conveyancer — Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205033
Switchboard: 01202 557256


“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Charlotte for her recent conveyancing work carried out on my behalf. My purchase of a leasehold flat was subject to a lease renewal, but the transaction was completed swiftly and smoothly. Charlotte’s attention to detail was reassuring and refreshing without causing any protraction. I was updated on a regular basis, quite often by telephone. As a firm we already recommend Charlotte and Laceys and look forward to continuing this professional working relationship.”

Daniel Johnson, Director - Taylor Made UK

Charlotte deals with all things relating to residential property including purchases, sales, mortgages, remortgages, transfers of equity or equity release matters.

Away from work Charlotte enjoys  spending time riding her horse, training her working cocker spaniels and spending time with her husband.



Mark Preece

Partner — Commercial and Residential Property

Direct dial: 01202 205013
Switchboard: 01202 557256


  • “Mark has acted for our varied property portfolio in Dorset for over 5 years, and has a real understanding of our business and how we operate. He shares our passion for high standards and attention to detail, providing us with invaluable advice and support on all aspects of our developments from initial site acquisition through to completed property sales. Mark and his team continuously add value by being proactive and delivering a fast and expert service."”

    Eddie Fitzsimmons- Managing Director, Lomand Homes Limited

  • “Mark and the team take great care of our commercial property requirements. We have always been delighted with their service.”

    Simon Ward, NSN Propertis Ltd

Mark is a partner working across our Commercial and Residential property teams acting for a wide variety of clients from property developers, property investors, businesses, first time buyers and those needing advice relating to enfranchisement and residential landlord and tenant dealing with all aspects of property work.

Away from work Mark spends his time with his wife and their three young boys who keep them very busy.

Fact Sheets

  • Right To Manage

    A brief guide.


  • Lease Extensions

    A brief guide.


  • The collective right to purchase the Freehold


  • Struggling with Legal Fees?

    Unbundling explained.


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