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Dona Awano

I am a specialist solicitor in residential leasehold law.

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Dona Awano, solicitor specialising in residential leasehold law.

What our clients say about Dona Awano

From the word go, I have been very pleased with the professional service I have received from Amphlett Lissimore I have just completed on the sale on a Freehold. Dona and Helena have been involved with the transaction. Any queries have been dealt with and responded to very quickly. Dona has advised... Read more


Bought the freehold to our flats. Was made very straightforward and easy to understand. We received a review of our current leases in the process and were given advice about how to resolve any issues that might arise due to inaccuracies/errors in those original leases.


I am very pleased with the service I received to extend the lease on my flat. I was kept informed of progress all the way through and queries were dealt with in a timely and professional manner.


Extension of a property lease on my home. Prompt responses and a comprehensive and knowledgeable service. Good customer experience. A thank you to Helena Cavanagh too, for her help.


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About Dona

I am a solicitor specialising in residential property law, with expertise in enfranchisement and property litigation. I’m based primarily in our Crystal Palace office, but I also am available for appointments at our London Bridge, Victoria, and Battersea Power Station offices. My work includes collective enfranchisement, lease extensions, right of first refusal, freehold acquisition of houses, right to manage, absentee landlords, licence for alterations, and service charge and management disputes.

I’ve worked in this area of law since I qualified as a solicitor in 2007. I am keen to promote improvements to leasehold law and sit on the Law Society’s Conveyancing and Land Law Committee. I also worked for a year as a policy advisor on leasehold reform with the Department of Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Breaking down the complexities of leasehold law for my clients is important to me and I ensure that my clients are kept informed and updated though out their legal process. If you have a query regarding your lease or are considering buying the freehold of your property, please do get in touch for a free initial assessment of your legal matter.


  • 2007 – Qualified as a Solicitor
  • 2007 – QLTT
  • 2000 – Barrister at Law
  • 1999 – LLB (Hons)


  • 2023 – present - Amphlett Lissimore
  • 2020 – 2023 – Commonhold and Leasehold Experts Ltd
  • 2019 – 2020 – MHCLG
  • 2008 – 2019 – Leasehold Advisory Service
  • 2006 – 2008 – Buy your Freehold Ltd


Latest Blogs

Ground Rent in Residential Leases

February 28, 2024

Dona Awano explains how the law relating to ground rent in residential leases is changing as part of the government’s reform.

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Can a shared ownership leaseholder participate in the Right to Manage process?

July 25, 2023

Can shared ownership leaseholders participate in the Right to Manage? Leasehold specialist, Dona Awano, looks at a recent court case.

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