Residents of the Loughborough Estate in Lambeth have taken back full control of their housing estate, after a dispute of more than four years between the London Borough of Lambeth and Loughborough Estate Management Board Limited (LEMB - a Tenant Management Organisation comprising tenants and lessees on the estate).

The dispute

Russell-Cooke partner Graham French led the housing and property litigation team in acting for LEMB in a complex and multi-faceted case. The dispute started in 2012 with a threat by the council to terminate LEMB’s Management Agreement, which would have seen LEMB close down due to alleged insolvency.

Legal proceedings

Arbitration proceedings commenced, and in 2014 it was established that LEMB was not in fact insolvent. An Arbitrator’s Award was made to that effect and subsequently all residents on the Loughborough estate took part in a ballot and voted overwhelmingly in support of LEMB once again taking control of the estate. LEMB resumed full operational and strategic control of the estate in October 2016.

Financial award

The legal proceedings resulted in a payment made by the council to LEMB in excess of £460K together with legal costs. Peter Shorinwa, the Chair of LEMB, praised the “superb and meticulous work” by Graham French and the housing and property litigation team saying “We could not have achieved this without your assistance, so to this I say a big thank you from all the residents of Loughborough estate. We are now in charge of managing our estate and we are extremely excited”.

Graham French comments on the case “We have advised on a number of similar cases, and these disputes are often complex. We are delighted to have obtained a positive result for the residents of Loughborough estate”.

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