Leigh Shapiro is a solicitor in Trowers & Hamlins’ Real Estate team, where she specialises in the area of residential landlord and tenant law. Leigh’s particular focus, since qualifying as a solicitor in September 2004, is on leasehold enfranchisement, lease extensions and the rights of long leaseholders.
Leigh’s previous experience includes working for both landlords and tenants, including acting for one of London’s largest private landlords. In addition, she also regularly works on behalf of both large and small tenant groups.
Working on leasehold enfranchisement matters is somewhat of a family legacy for Leigh, with her father noted for his work on enfranchisement within the chartered surveying industry. However, Leigh’s true inspiration for her work comes from once being a leaseholder herself. Leigh states “I was very lucky as a leaseholder, my block of flats had an active residents’ association and it worked hard to ensure that the interests of the residents were protected. This is something I have taken away with me and I am of the view that residents’ associations need to be proactive and efficient to inform residents of the rights they have. At Trowers & Hamlins, much of our team focus has been on helping tenants understand their legal rights”.
When not at work, Leigh is kept busy as a trustee of a charitable youth organisation, playing netball and keeping up with her young son.