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Mark Adcock is the third generation of the Adcock family to have worked in the practice. Whilst having had experience in most areas of private practice, his current specialism is Leasehold Reform work, where he acts for both landlords and tenants resident across the UK, and beyond. Mark has completed many substantial property transactions including projects in Leicester, Lynton in Devon, Wales and London. Of this specialist area of work, Mark regularly deals with missing freeholder cases and complex enfranchisement work. “So little is known of how the system works that it’s a pleasure to educate clients about their rights” he says.
He was awarded the Broderip and Easterbrook prizes in the Law Society’s final examinations for his results in the conveyancing law papers and is regarded as somewhat of a perfectionist in his work. “The job isn’t done until every detail is resolved!” he says. “I like to ensure that my clients understand the complexities of this area of law and to see the practical benefits. In fact I always try to get a practical angle on all my work, since who is interested in legalities!”
Mark has recently been working part time for the Law Commission, a statutory independent body which advises the Government on possible areas of the law, for reform.
The Law Commission has undertaken a complete review of the law relating to Leasehold Reform (amongst other things) and Mark was asked to help with this task given, his extensive experience in this area. ‘I’m delighted to have been working with the Law Commission on this. It’s an area of my work that I have a great interest in and I hope that the review leads eventually to changes to make the system fairer for all concerned’ Mark said. There are a number of areas in the enfranchisement process that could do with urgent improvement and I hope I have been able to contribute to the refinement of the law in this area.
Given his specialism in this area, Mark has written extensively on enfranchisement law and practice and more recently on the thorny subject of commonhold, an area where he, like many, is anxiously awaiting reform.
In his spare time Mark, a confirmed anglophile has a particular interest in Georgian architecture, British classic cars and, as a more or less lifelong vegetarian, actively promotes animal welfare and rights. And also now tending to a large and growing younger generation of Adcocks.
Mark is a former President of the Sandwell and Dudley, Lichfield and Southern Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce and non executive director of many not-for-profit organisations.
Mark is also a part time Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law in Birmingham and provides expert opinion and witness services on matters of professional negligence, practice and conduct.
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