Sophie Lakes


Paralegal

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Sophie joined Birketts in September 2019. She is a Paralegal in our Property department and works in the Social Housing Team. Sophie deals with a variety of social housing matters for housing association and local authority clients, including:

  • Progressing shared ownership plot sales from reservation to completion. 
  • Final and interim staircasing. 
  • Infrastructure agreements.
  • Single unit acquisitions and disposals.
  • Deeds of variation.  
  • Right to Buy/Right to Acquire disposals including post-completion matters such as discount repayment, the right of first refusal, and remortgage.  

Sophie is based in our Norwich office.

Other Information

Prior to joining Birketts Sophie worked for the largest housing association in the country for four years where she gained valuable social housing experience. Sophie specialised in leasehold and shared ownership assignments, deeds of variation and rectification, lease extensions, collective enfranchisement, right to manage, shared ownership buy back, Right to Buy/Right to Acquire, incidental land sales and claims for adverse possession, releases of covenant, equity loan repayments, shared ownership remortgage and transfers of equity.  

She previously worked in a number of different roles where she gained experience of conveyancing, commercial litigation and costs. She graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2010 with an LLB in Law and Politics.

In her spare time Sophie is an avid reader who also enjoys running (when she is able), camping, and spending time at the coast.

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