Mark Loveday

Year of call 1986

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“A recognised specialist in leasehold enfranchisement matters. A pleasure to work with.”

Chambers UK 2021

“He is technically very strong and experienced, enhanced by his role as a Tribunal Judge on the Southern Panel.”

Legal 500 2021

“Thorough and approachable in all residential landlord and tenant matters.” “Very experienced and able to give a well thought out and reasoned opinion on complex matters of property law.”

Chambers UK 2020

“He is a very reliable junior.”

Legal 500 2020 (Property Litigation)

“Exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable, providing quality written advice and strong advocacy skills.”

Legal 500 2016

“He is very technically able in a complicated area of law.”

Chambers UK 2016

“He understands the business strategy of larger estate clients, and is the go-to guy for this work.”

Legal 500 2015

“He displays an impressive depth of knowledge of landlord & tenant issues, as well as leasehold enfranchisement.” “He’s very thorough and very good with clients.”

Chambers UK 2015

“Extremely personable and user-friendly.”

Chambers UK 2014

“In demand, and technically excellent for landlord and tenant work.”

Legal 500 2014
  • Highly Commended, Enfranchisement & Right to Manage Awards (2018)
  • Finalist, Enfranchisement & Right to Manage Awards (2012 & 2013)
  • Barrister of the Year, Property Management Awards (2012)
  • Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)


  • General Editor, Service Charges & Management (2nd and 4th Editions), Sweet & Maxwell (2018)
  • Editor, Rent Review: A Surveyor’s Handbook (RICS) (2008)


  • “Damages for landlord default in long residential leases” (L. & T. Review – Vol.20 No.3 Pages 88-91) (2016)
  • “Damages for breach of long leases” – Estates Gazette (2016)
  • “Boom Time for Property Tribunals” – Estates Gazette (2014)


  • Newspaper column: “Ask the Expert” in the Times newspaper every Friday
  • Monthly Legal Update for members of Institute of Residential Property Managers
  • FCIArb
  • BA (Hons)
  • Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (Advisory Committee)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Property Bar Association
  • English
  • Italian

Mark is a specialist property litigator – with his entire practice in this area. His work includes residential landlord and tenant, commercial landlord and tenant and real estate.

In the residential field, Mark’s work largely relates to long leasehold service charge/management disputes and leasehold enfranchisement. He is General Editor of Service Charges & Management (Sweet & Maxwell, 5th Ed). He is regularly instructed by the major London estates and leaseholders in high-value contested management and enfranchisement cases. Mark lectures and writes on procedure and legal issues in the property tribunals and his “Ask the Expert” column on residential property law appears in The Times newspaper every Friday.

Mark is a judge of the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and a member of the rule-setting Tribunal Procedure Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners.

Mark was legal advisor to the joint working group that drafted the ICAEW Technical Release on Residential Service Charge Accounts (“TECH/03/11”), the leading professional guidance for service charge accounting in England.

He has received numerous awards, including “Barrister of the Year” at the Residential Management Awards 2011-12.

Mark has over 20 years’ experience of commercial property and commercial development issues, particularly contested business lease renewals, rent reviews and dilapidations. Mark is general editor of Rent Review: A Surveyor’s Handbook (RICS, 2008).

Mark is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and has extensive experience in arbitration and expert determination. He accepts appointments as a mediator and as an arbitrator in property disputes.

For a list of reported cases in the Upper Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal, please see the section below.

Mark is listed as leading junior in the property litigation/real estate sections of Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. He has been described as “A recognised specialist in leasehold enfranchisement matters. A pleasure to work with.” (Chambers UK 2021)

He is technically very strong and experienced, enhanced by his role as a Tribunal Judge on the Southern Panel.” (Legal 500 2021)

NEWS: Mark is instructed to appear for the Respondent in the Supreme Court on 10/11 November 2021 in the case of FirstPort v Settlers Court RTM Co  

Please note Mark is working remotely during the Covid-19 outbreak. He is available for conferences and mediations by MS Teams and Skype for Business and is attending hearings using the HMCTS-approved Cloud Video Platform. As a member of the Tribunal Procedure Committee, he has also been involved in emergency changes to First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal procedures to meet the challenges caused by the pandemic.

Areas of expertise

The bulk of Mark’s work is in the residential field.

He is regularly instructed in complex service charge and enfranchisement claims by leaseholders, management companies and by the London Estates (including the Wellcome Trust, Howard de Walden Estate, John Lyons Estate, Church Estate Commisioners etc). Amongst numerous enfranchisement cases in the past year, he has represented landlords in high-value hearings involving premiums of between £1,600,000 and £9,200,000.

Examples of recent residential work include:

  • Representing landlord of a leasehold house in the Court of Appeal in relation to the interpretation of ground rent review provisions.
  • Representing a major London estate in a contested ‘modern ground rent’ review under s.15 of the Leasehold Reform Act 1967, belived to be the first such contested case for over 20 years.
  • Advising and representing Right to Manage Companies in two separate opposed claims for the right to manage involving complex mixed used developments in East London.

Mark is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners. He is editor of Service Charges & Management (4rd Ed) and was the legal advisor to the Institute of Chartered Accountants working party that produced “TECH 03/11”, the leading professional guidance on service charge accounting. He received the Barrister of the Year accolade at the Property Management Awards 2012.

He is currently representing landlords and leaseholders in service charge and management matters under both LTA 1985 and 1987, as well as advising RTM companies on service charge and management disputes. Amongst recent cases, he has advised large groups of leaseholders seeking acquisition orders and variation orders under LTA 1987.

Mark is accredited for direct access work for members of the public under the Bar Council’s direct access scheme.

On the commercial side, Mark has particular experience of the legal and valuation aspects of ‘opposing’ and ‘non-opposing’ lease renewals under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954, as well as advising and representing clients in forfeiture and dilapidations claims.

In addition to this Mark has advised and represented parties to rent review litigation and third party determinations, as well as advising arbitrators under Section 37 of the Arbitration Act 1996. He is general editor of the RICS publication “Rent Review: a Surveyor’s Handbook”.

Examples of recent commercial work include:

  • Advising leaseholder of an island in the Channel Islands about repairing obligations in a lease of the island.
  • Advising leaseholder of a historic castle about repairing obligations.
  • Advising insurers in relation to liability for collapse to theatre ceiling.

Notable Cases

  • Trimnell-Richard v Tuffley [2018] UKUT 150 (LC) Breach of covenant - Damage to property - Party walls – Reasons.
  • Clarise v Rees [2017] EWCA Civ 1135 Landlord and Tenant - Enfranchisement - Ground Rent - Interpretation - Long Leases - Rent Reviews - Valuation - Leasehold Reform Act 1967 ss.9(1) and s.15.
  • Avon Ground Rents v 51 Earls Court Square RTM Company [2016] UKUT 1221 (LC) Right to Manage – description of premises in company’s articles of association – whether a self-contained building – whether an RTM company - interpretation of articles – Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.
  • Greenpine Investment Holding Ltd v Howard de Walden [2016] EWHC 1923 (Ch) Collective enfranchisement – Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 s.48(1) - “term of acquisition” – solicitor’s undertakings to complete.
  • Clarise v Rees [2014] UKUT 394 (LC) Leasehold enfranchisement - construction of lease - rent review to ‘modern ground rent’.
  • London Sephardi Trust v John Lyons Estate [2015] UKUT 619 (LC) Leasehold enfranchisement – house –Leasehold Reform Act 1967 s.9(1AA) – valuation of leases which have previously been extended under the Act - Housing and Planning Act 1986 s.23(1).
  • Fairfield Rents v Nemcova (LON/00AK/LBC/2015/0027) Breach of covenant – use “as a private residence” – short term lettings – Air BnB.
  • Alamouti v John Lyons Estate [2014] UKUT 0087 (LC) Leasehold enfranchisement - collective enfranchisement - development - valuation.
  • Jackson v John Lyons Estate [2013] UKUT 052 (LC) Leasehold enfranchisement - development - price comparisons - valuation.
  • Arnold v Britten [2012] EWHC 3451 (Ch) Inflation - interpretation - leases - service charges.
  • Kutchukian v John Lyons Estate [2012] UKUT (LC) 53 Leasehold enfranchisement - development value - statutory break clause under LRHUD 1993 s.61 and Sch 14.
  • Howard de Walden v Broome [2012] L.&T.R. 16 Leasehold enfranchisement – two leases – qualifying tenant.
  • Boltlake v Hammad (2010) QB Rent Review - Business tenancy - Rent Review - arbitration - effect of fresh evidence.
  • Weir v Area Estates Ltd [2010] 1 EGLR 77 Surrender of lease - rescission of auction contract.

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