New law firm based in Birmingham aiming to shake up property sector

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Realty Law firm’s Charlotte Collins

A new national law firm has been launched in Birmingham, with a mission to shake up the property law sector.


Realty Law will specialise in the recovery of service charges and ground rent for management companies, managing agents and landlords. It will also deal with other legal issues faced by its clients.

It will operate mainly in the residential leasehold sector but also within commercial property and aims to offer a superior personal service within a complex area of law.

Charlotte Collins, a property specialist with more than 30 years of experience in commercial property and litigation has been appointed operations director. She joins from Midlands property law firm, SLC.

Speaking on the role, Collins said: “What will make Realty Law stand out from the usual debt recovery practice, is that our services will not be delivered by faceless lawyers with whom our clients have little contact. We are set up to provide clients with cost-effective, tailored and personal services from an individual team specialist.

“Although a niche sector, I am excited by what we can achieve and am looking forward to growing the team.”

Sanjay Sabharwal also joins the team from Rendall and Ritter, one of the UK’s leading residential property management companies. A property investor with a Masters in banking law and financial regulation, Sabharwal has managed more than 700 units in prime London locations including Canary Wharf and Tower Hill.

Finally, Zainab Khatoon has been appointed executive assistant. Following her qualification as a solicitor, Khatoon pursued a business development career and has since gained almost a decade of experience in the property management sector.

Mark Dakeyne, partner at EGL, said: “Realty Law has both the capacity and expertise to shake up the property law sector by offering a superior service in what is a complex area of law.

“EGL prides itself on delivering a personal service to clients and Realty Law will continue that tradition. We are delighted that Charlotte, who has a fantastic track record in this specialist sector, has agreed to join us as operations director.”

“Realty Law has been designed to protect the reputation of the client and to ensure that leaseholders are not penalised unfairly in costs. It will operate different cost tiers, depending on the type and level of debt.

“Clients will have access to a secure portal, where they can find information relating to their cases and also report new cases in an easy-to-complete format.

Realty Law is a sister company of established law firm, Emms Gilmore Liberson (EGL). It will work alongside EGL’s existing commercial property team, led by Mark Dakeyne, Simon Robson and Beth Margetson.