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Boodle Hatfield LLP has ‘a depth of experience and knowledge that is difficult to match’. Saskia Arthur heads a team of ‘market-leading experts in residential law’ and specialises in the sale and purchase of high-value residential property, landed estates and commercial farming operations, overage, landlord and tenant issues and easements. Other names to note include Amanda O’Keeffe who has expertise in the high end London and country property markets and Jane Littlejohn who is a ‘leading commercial and residential expert’. Graham Winkley and Simon Kerrigan are respectively praised as ‘leading experts’ in the residential transactional and landlord and tenant spheres. The firm’s international client base includes high-net-worth individuals, estates and large landowners. Associate Kirsty Ions is regularly instructed with the purchase and sale of high-value properties in Central London along with major country estates and farms. Also recommended are Shaima Jillood, and partner Dennis Ko, who joined the team from Kennedys.

The lawyers at Farrer & Co ‘stand head and shoulders above their peers in a crowded and competitive area’. The ’outstanding’ team is ‘at the very top of its game’ and is singled out for its handling of prime Central London high-value property transactions. Clients range from leading banks such as Coutts & Co, Deutsche Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada to high-net-worth individuals, all of whom receive ‘top-class residential conveyancing and tax advice’. Practice head Laurie Horwood and recently promoted partner Laura Conduit are ‘extremely good at providing considered options and solutions to complex problems'. Partner Edmund Fetherston-Dilke's ‘knowledge is incredibly broad ranging from specialist rural and agricultural issues to the workings of the major London estates’. Annabel Dean ‘thinks outside of the box and has a very strong positive approach’; a significant number of her clients are based in the Middle East, including Emirates NBD.

Mishcon de Reya LLP operates with a ‘delightful level of professionalism and reliability’. The ‘very strong team’ boasts a diverse client base which includes high-net-worth individuals, developers, investors, banks, corporates and on and offshore investment funds. Notable names include Capital and Countries, the Bank of Singapore and Gama Estates. Sonal Thakrar heads the practice and is a ‘top performer and expert in her field’. She acts for a number of overseas clients and has particularly strong connections in the Middle East. Legal director Julie Bond regularly handles complicated transactions, enfranchisement and structuring and is a ‘rising star who has exceptional technical knowledge’. Helen Curtis-Goulding is recommended as is James Liffen who has expertise in shared ownership, auction sales and portfolio purchases. Zoe Patel joined the firm from Jury O’Shea LLP.

Withers LLP is ‘excellent for all aspects’ and has a ‘second to none knowledge of conveyancing’. The team ‘ticks all of the boxes’ with ‘unrivaled response times’ and the willingness ‘to go the extra mile’. It is well-regarded for its service of international clients as the firm’s ‘global reach’ provides ‘both language and cultural understanding’. Practice head Henry Stuart and partner Nicholas Vaughan are praised for their ‘combined knowledge and deep patience’. Stuart focuses on real estate transactions both in the UK and internationally, offering tax and structuring advice. Emma Copestake has particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement, complex funding arrangements and ancillary tax matters. She is praised alongside Hannah Robinson as possessing ‘extensive legal knowledge’. Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall is recommended and specialises on rural properties and landed estates. The practice sits within the firm’s wider real estate team and offers construction and modification advice. Edward Jarron has been promoted to partner.

Bircham Dyson Bell is the ‘go to firm for high-net-worth individuals’ and primarily acts for wealthy private clients purchasing and selling prime Central London property in Belgravia, Knightsbridge, St. John’s Wood and Chelsea. The team provides ‘brilliant customer service coupled with first-class legal advice’ and is recommended by clients for ‘lease enfranchisement, technical residential landlord and tenant advice and conveyancing’. Practice head Hema Anand is a ‘skilled lawyer and extremely personable’ while senior partner John Stephenson is ‘outstanding in terms of technical knowledge and energy’. The team works alongside the firm’s private wealth department and collaboratively advises on tax efficiency and the structuring of property transactions.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides ‘a very safe pair of hands’ and places core focus on high-value transactions for international clients from Russia and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. Partner Sakhjit Randhawa recently handled 32 purchases of luxury apartments at a Westminister by Ronson Capital Partners totaling £168,000,000. Ian Cooke heads the team and a further highlight saw him act for a Turkish billionaire in purchasing a pied-à-terre luxury apartment for £10,900,000. Cooke predominantly acts international private clients and also advises Central London residential property development companies including British Land Plc. Thomas Moran is ‘fiendishly bright’ and ‘knows his subject back to front’. He acts for UK and foreign clients on the acquisition and disposal of residential and agricultural property and specialises on high-value, complex transactions with cross-border elements.

Forsters LLP ‘is one of the market leading names in this sector’ and boasts ‘an excellent track record’. The team is ‘adaptive to market conditions’ and is headed by the ‘effective team leader’, Lucy Barber. She acts for private individuals, lenders and developers and investors on the purchase and sale of property and also specialises in enfranchisement claims. Partner Chris Myers ‘ensures that client requirements are met’ and excels on residential developments and advising international clients on UK property purchases. Paul Neville has expertise in leasehold enfranchisement while Helen Marsh is experienced with developments, conveyancing and secured lending.

The team at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP has ‘built an exceptional reputation in residential property, particularly for high-value transactions in prime Central London’. The ‘extremely professional and efficient’ group is ‘built on capability and client care’ and has additional expertise in the sale and purchase of listed buildings and leasehold enfranchisement. Practice head Sarah Conway is ‘truly excellent’ and a ‘delight to work with’ while senior associate Edward Burton is ‘very competent, practical and pragmatic’. Both are ‘enormously capable and strategic, always driven by their client’s best interest’. Fiona Poole ‘bring clarity on complex issues’ and Mary Campbell is ‘excellent across the property and finance spectrums’. The practice is closely associated with the firm’s private wealth team and offers property-related tax advice.

The team at Payne Hicks Beach has ‘outstanding skills and is a pleasure to deal with’. It advises on a wide range of residential property issues, spanning purchases and sales, leasehold enfranchisement, lease extensions, collective acquisitions and development option agreements. The practice has been bolstered by the arrivals of Antonia Cosby and Penny Miller who joined the firm from Forsters LLP and Underwoods Solicitors respectively. Andrew Berry heads the group and is well-regarded for his knowledge of prime Central London property. Richard Stapylton-Smith specialises in advising foreign nationals with the firm acting for a number of clients from Europe, the United States, the Middle East, India, Scandinavia and the Far-East. Clients include property developers, corporate occupiers, property investors and landowners. In a recent highlight, the group acted for an Asian Billionaire in the purchase of a Marylebone penthouse apartment valued in excess of £10m.

The team at Fladgate LLP is headed by Daniel Rubie who has expertise in acting on property sales and purchases for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients as well as offshore corporations. Rubie is also experienced with lease extensions, enfranchisement matters, investment portfolio work, developments, property financing and property management. Partner Richard Kaufman is regularly instructed by overseas clients, particularly form Israel, on the purchase of UK property and for advice on tax-efficient structures.

Howard Kennedy LLP’s practice ‘exceeds expectations’ and regularly handles property acquisitions in London and around the UK in the range of £10m - £25m. Pervaze Ahmed leads the team and is ‘an exceptional conveyancing lawyer’ who is ‘always on hand to answer queries’ and has ‘the right level of forcefulness during transactions’. Ahmed has specific expertise of the prime and super-prime residential property market in Central London and acts for clients in the UK, South East Asia and the Middle East. Partner Samantha Hook acts for various on shore and offshore private banks providing loans secured against premium residential property. Clients for the firm include Arbuthnot Latham & Co, Bank Julius Baer & Co and Coutts & Co.

Kingsley Napley LLP has a ‘growing presence and a breadth of work and experience’. The team has expertise in handling high-value London properties and country houses for high-net-worth individuals. Partner Bethan Owen is ‘commercial, knowledgeable and highly competent’ and is ‘incredibly generous with her time and expertise’, ‘managing client relationships well’. Owen specialises in acquisitions, developments, finance, sales, enfranchisement and has carved out a niche base of celebrity clients. Paul Harbour heads the team which has seen the arrival of Richard Roberts from Bates Wells Braithwaite.

Core strengths for Pemberton Greenish LLP include enfranchisement, conveyancing issues and lease extensions. The firm is particularly active in sales and purchases within the prime Central London property market, namely for high-net-worth clients from overseas making purchases. Robert Barham heads the practice and other names to note include Suzie Haydon and Rosie McCormick Paice.

Karen Mayne heads the practice at RadcliffesLeBrasseur and has particular expertise in residential property purchases, sales and lettings. Other core strengths for Mayne include individual and collective enfranchisement and property-related financing and secured lending. Christopher Keough is a further name to note and excels in landlord and tenant matters, namely lease extensions, assignment of claims and leasehold reform.

The ‘excellent’ team at Taylor Wessing LLP boasts a client base spanning wealthy families, individuals, banks, trustees, and fiduciaries, both from the UK and overseas. Areas of expertise for the group include transactional work, landlord and tenant matters and enfranchisement, the latter of which is a core focus for ‘fantastic’ practice head, Elaine Dobson. The department works in close collaboration with the firm’s corporate, planning and development and investment teams to provide clients with a one-stop service. In a recent highlight, the team acted for an ultra-high-net-worth individual on the purchase of a £14m listed property. Rachel George joined the firm from Bircham Dyson Bell.

Teacher Stern LLP’s team is ‘excellent on all levels’ and has specific focus on prime Central London property and investment opportunities in the regions. Paul Adam heads the team and deals with sales and acquisitions for UK and international clients. He also has additional specialism in lease extensions and enfranchisement. Legal Executive Suzanne Hamer is ‘extremely personable, friendly, and most knowledgeable’, providing a service that is ‘nothing short of excellent’. A recent highlight saw the team act for Cambridge Gate Securities on the sale of a London property valued above £10m.

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