16 November, 2021
Forbes Solicitors are delighted to announce that Lachlan McLean, Partner in the Housing & Regeneration (Litigation) team, has been appointed as a Fee-Paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, assigned to the Property Chamber.
The First-tier Tribunal is a specialist division within HM Courts and Tribunals Service which settles disputes around particular areas of law. The Property Chamber, where Lachlan will be sitting, deals with disputes such as leasehold service charges, leasehold management and enfranchisement, rent setting and other residential landlord and tenant matters.
Lachlan joined Forbes Solicitors as a paralegal in November 2005, after completing the Bar Vocational Course in Manchester, and has remained at the firm ever since. Lachlan qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and obtained Higher Rights of Audience in 2012. He is a founding member of Forbes' Housing team and leads the Complex Case and Leasehold unit. Lachlan's team advises and represents social housing landlords such as housing associations, local housing authorities and ALMOs; with a particular focus on residential leasehold, commercial and property disputes, and cases which involve a regulatory dimension such as equality and human rights issues. Prior to his appointment, Lachlan had already represented several of his social housing clients as an advocate in the First-tier Tribunal.
Responding to the news, Lachlan said, "It is an enormous privilege and responsibility to serve the public through our justice system. I'm deeply honoured and humbled to have been successful in applying for this position, and I am incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported me over the years and particularly through the demanding selection process. I am blessed to have been given this opportunity, which has been made possible by the hard work everyone has put into growing our team."
For more information contact Lachlan McLean in our Housing & Regeneration department via email or phone on 01257 240834. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.
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