The Team

Stephen Compton Senior Partner – Commercial Property Department

Stephen Compton

Stephen is the inspirational senior partner of Comptons. Stephen set up Comptons in 1987 and the firm has recently celebrated 25 years of successful practice. Stephen’s expertise is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential property transactions, business sales and purchases, business leases, landlord and tenant agreements and negotiations, lease extensions, public house and restaurant sales and purchases, licenced premises leases and probate and wills.

Stephen’s contact details are as follows:

0207 482 9500

Nicholas Goldreich Partner - Head of the Dispute Resolution Department

Nicholas Goldreich

Nick is the head of the dispute resolution department and has been a qualified litigator for more than 25 years.  He has been a Partner at Comptons since 1990.  Nick specialises in property and commercial litigation to which he brings an enthusiastic and pragmatic approach. Nick's professional objectives are to achieve the most favourable outcome for his clients in the shortest possible time and at the least cost to them.  He is an effective negotiator and has a strong commitment to alternative dispute resolution. Nick successfully represented a landlord in the reported case of Staghold Limited v. Takeda (2005), an employer in the reported case of Ward v. Ashkenazi (2011) and has been involved in numerous other high profile cases.

Nick’s contact details are as follows:

0207 482 9501

Angela Neale Partner - Property Department

Angela Neale

Angela has worked at Comptons since 2000 and has been a partner since 2004. Angela is the Head of our Residential Conveyancing Department and specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing

Angela's professional but personable manner means that she works for both homeowners with one off transactions and property dealers alike. Angela and her team are directly accessible by e-mail, direct dial phone or via Comptons' internet-based case management system so that you will always know that your matter is progressing to its fastest conclusion.

Angela’s contact details are as follows:

0207 482 9506

James Compton Partner - Enfranchisement Department

James Compton

After obtaining an upper second class degree in law with honours from the University of Sussex and completing the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School, James completed his training at Comptons, qualifying in 2004. James initially practised in property litigation.

He has since specialised in enfranchisement, lease extensions, right to manage and advising property companies in various aspects of company law and advises in relation to professional negligence relating to enfranchisement. James became a Partner on 1 May 2009 and founded the award winning Lease Clinic in 2010.

In February 2014 James was asked by the Leasehold Advisory Service to provide advise to its users on right to manage. The podcast can be found here.

James was named as a "Rising Star" in Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, London 2014 directory.

James’s contact details are as follows:

0207 482 9513

Martin Barrett Partner - Dispute Resolution / Employment

Martin Barrett

Martin joined Comptons in 2003 and became a partner in 2004. He has over 25 years litigation experience in a broad range of property and commercial litigation. His sympathetic and pragmatic approach has helped him build his broad caseload and he assists clients in all aspects of the resolution of their dispute, whether to successful settlement or unavoidable court action where the possibility of settlement is still considered. Martin can help in all areas of general litigation, property, landlord and tenant, matrimonial/divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, co-habitation/partner disputes,enfranchisement and employment.

Martin’s contact details are as follows:

0207 482 9508

Jonathan Daniels Partner – Commercial Property Department/Dispute Resolution

Jonathan Daniels

Jonathan graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2003 with a 2:1 Hons degree in business. He then went on to obtain a 2:1 Hons degree in Law from the College of Law in 2007 and a Distinction in the LPC, and qualified as a solicitor in September 2009 at Comptons. Jonathan became a partner in May 2015.

Jonathan deals mainly with commercial property and company/commercial matters. His expertise includes all aspects of commercial property/development, licensed premises, and asset/business/share acquisitions and disposals. Jonathan also acts for a number of property freehold and management companies and in addition, has considerable experience in matters of landlord and tenant/property law and generally any contentious property or company related issue.

Jonathan has a commercial and practical approach to his work and prides himself on seeking to obtain a client’s desired outcome in as cost effective manner as possible.

Jonathan’s contact details are as follows:

0207 482 9510

Practice Areas

Jean Compton Practice Manager

Jean Compton

Jean assisted with the formation of the practice in May 1987 and has been involved in the development of the firm since that date. Jean is responsible for the day-to-day practice management and administration of the firm on all levels including support staff and secretarial liaison and training.

Jean has also been the personal assistant/paralegal to Nicholas Goldreich – Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution Department - since his commencement of employment in 1989.

Jean is the first point of contact if you are unsure as to who would be best suited to dealing with your matter.

Jean’s contact details are as follows:

0207 482 9502

Practice Areas

  • Practice Manager

Sarah Jennings Senior Associate Solicitor - Enfranchisement Department

Sarah Jennings

Sarah graduated with a first class honors degree in law (LLB hons) at the National University of Ireland Galway before completing the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law in Bloomsbury, London.

Sarah completed her training contract at a City based law firm and qualified as a solicitor in March 2011 joining Comptons in April 2011. Sarah works exclusively in the enfranchisment department alongside James Compton dealing with all matters concerning enfranchisements, lease extensions, missing landlords and ancillary Court/Leasehold Valuation Tribunal applications. Sarah is often complimented by clients on her friendly and efficient service. Sarah prides herself on carrying out a problem free service in a very complicated area of law.

Sarah’s contact details are as follows:

0203 869 4460

Daniel Gower Senior Licensed Conveyancer

Daniel Gower

Daniel is a licensed conveyancer, who is also studying for his ILEX qualifications. He has been at Comptons since February 2011 carrying out residential conveyancing for developers and one-off buyers and sellers alike. His sunny disposition, calm efficiency and willingness to go that extra mile to get the transaction done means he is a firm favourite with both clients and estate agents. You will not be disappointed.

Shortlisted in the Individual Conveyancer category of the 2016 Estate Agency of the Year Awards in association with the Sunday Times and The Times.

Daniel’s contact details are as follows:

0207 482 9524

Lisa Noble Senior Associate Solicitor - Residential Property

Lisa Noble

Lisa qualified in August 2008 having obtained a 2:1 degree at Hertfordshire University and her LPC at Guildford College of Law.   Lisa’s training was conducted in the Property department of a large South Coast based firm and she has continued her career in Residential Property since moving to London.  She joined the Residential Conveyancing team at Comptons in 2014 and was immediately a popular choice for Comptons’ clients. Lisa will be happy to help you with the buying, selling or re-financing  of your home or investments property and will do all she can to push the transaction through as quickly as possible without the jargon, whilst making sure you always know what’s going on.

Lisa’s contact details are as follows:

020 7482 9504

Practice Areas

  • Residential Conveyancing
  • Re-Financing

Lanka Bandara Solicitor - Wills and Probate

Lanka Bandara

Lanka qualified some 10 years ago as a  Barrister in both England and Sri Lanka  and has recently qualified as an English Solicitor through the Qualified Transfer Scheme. In recent years Lanka has specialised  in Wills and Probate dealing with all aspects of private client matters, including drafting Wills, Estate Planning, Administration of Estates and Trusts, preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney and assisting with contentious probate matters. Lanka is an Affiliated Member of STEP.  The Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioner (STEP) is the professional body for practitioners in the field of trusts, estates, executorship, and related issues.  Full members of STEP (TEPs) are the most experienced and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates.

Lanka’s contact details are as follows:

0207 482 9526

Practice Areas

  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Estate Administrations

Tim Wild Solicitor - Enfranchisement Department

Tim Wild

Tim graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2006 with a 2:1 degree in Sport Technology (BSc Hons) before completing a Masters in Sport Science (MSc) at the University of Essex in 2007. In 2010, Tim converted to law and completed the GDL and LPC (Commendation) with the College of Law. Tim trained at a Hertfordshire firm and qualified as a solicitor in 2014 before joining Comptons in June 2015.

Tim works in the enfranchisement department alongside James Compton and Sarah Jennings. He specialises in enfranchisement / lease extensions and right to manage claims. Tim has experience of First Tier Tribunal and County Court applications.

Tim will guide you through the complex procedures associated with enfranchisement and lease extensions, whilst keeping you updated at all stages. Tim is very approachable and will do everything possible to ensure your matter completes smoothly.

Tim’s contact details are as follows:

0207 482 9503

Practice Areas

  • Freehold Acquisitions
  • Lease Extensions

Jon Finebaum Solicitor – Dispute Resolution Department

Jon Finebaum

Jon was admitted as a solicitor in 2010, and has practised in dispute resolution ever since.  He has particular expertise in areas such as property and landlord & tenant litigation, commercial / contract disputes, personal injury, employment, contentious probate and construction law. 

Jon’s clients include large plcs, local authorities, owners of large property portfolios and businesses of all shapes and sizes.  His clients particularly appreciate his clear and frank advice, his uncompromising negotiation style as well as his ability to settle complex disputes on favourable terms while minimising his clients’ exposure to legal fees.      

Jon acted for the successful appellant in Alfa Laval v. Separator Spares [2013] 1 WLR 1110 (CA), in which the Court of Appeal developed the test for determining whether breach of confidence / copyright claims against former employees are ‘matters relating to individual contracts of employment’ under Articles 18(1) and 20 of the Brussels I Regulation. 

Jon’s contact details are as follows:

0207 482 9525

Practice Areas

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Company/Share Acquisition and Sales
  • Company Advice
  • Intellectual Property
  • Formation of Companies, Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Shareholders Agreements
  • Consultancy/Agency/Distribution Agreements

Natalie Samuel Solicitor – Commercial Property Department

Natalie Samuel

Natalie graduated from the University of Manchester in 2009 with a 2:1 Hons degree in Criminology. She then went on to obtain a 2:1 Hons degree in Law from BPP Law School where she also completed the LPC.  Natalie trained at a regional niche property firm and qualified in September 2015.  She joined Comptons, as part of the commercial property team in December 2015.  

Natalie is involved across all areas of commercial property, dealing mainly with landlord and tenant matters, secured lending and purchases, acquisitions and disposals, including at auction.  She also acts for a number of property freehold and management companies in relation to leasehold matters. 

Natalie’s contact details are as follows:

0207 482 9522

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Purchases and Sales
  • Secured Lending
  • Leasehold Enquiries

Molly Perez-Sphar Trainee Solicitor

Molly Perez-Sphar

Molly graduated with a first class honors degree in law (LLB hons) at Nottingham Law School.She then went on to obtain a Distinction  from BPP Law School where she completed the LPC. Molly has commenced her training in the Enfranchisement department alongside James Compton, Tim Wild and Sarah Jennings. The department specialises in enfranchisement, lease extensions and right to manage claims.

After the Enfranchisement department Molly will continue her training in the Commercial Property, Residential Conveyancing, Litigation, Wills and Probate and Employment departments.

Molly’s contact details are as follows:

0207 482 9528

Practice Areas

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