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Boodle Hatfield LLP is β€˜one of the best firms in the market’, and its β€˜exceptional specialist knowledge and outstanding diligence’ places it β€˜at the top of its game’ as an β€˜undoubted leader in the residential arena’. The β€˜fantastic’ Saskia Arthur heads up the seven-partner practice and is β€˜highly regarded by her loyal following of clients’ which spans high-net-worth individuals, large landowners and estates; she regularly advises on the sale and purchase of high-value residential properties, landed estates and farms as well as easement issues and general management matters. Other key members of the team include Amanda O’Keeffe, who focuses on the high-end London and country property markets; Jane Littlejohn, who is highly regarded for her landlord and tenant work; and Shaima Jillood, who joined the firm in 2016 from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP and has substantial experience advising Middle Eastern clients. Associate Kirsty Ions is β€˜a superb lawyer with practical knowledge and a thorough approach, which makes her a real asset to have on your side’.

Farrer & Co, which is β€˜in the upper echelons of the residential sector’, provides arguably β€˜the best quality service in the market’ thanks to its β€˜excellent, capable and professional team’, which has β€˜a knowledge and gravitas that is unmatched’. The group is recognised for its residential and secured lending work, which β€˜sets it apart from the others’, alongside substantial conveyancing expertise. Practice head Laurie Horwood is β€˜totally unflappable, charming and works tirelessly to achieve his client’s wishes – the mark of a property solicitor at the top of his game’. Edmund Fetherston-Dilke, who is highly regarded for his high-value London property knowledge, β€˜brings a certain dignity to matters having worked in the super-prime market for a long time’; he is β€˜a true market leader with an approachable, honest, reliable and trustworthy manner’. Annabel Younger, who is β€˜very knowledgeable and innovative’, is recognised for her Middle East expertise, and recently promoted partner and residential conveyancing specialist Laura Conduit is β€˜the full package’ with β€˜experience, knowledge and determination that others would do anything for’.

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s well-regarded practice acts for UK and international clients and regularly advises high-net-worth individuals focusing on London properties at the top end of the market. The group, which is β€˜absolutely excellent and unparalleled in every way in its execution’, is β€˜hard to compete with for its phenomenal client service and attention to detail’ and is led by Sonal Thakrar, who focuses on the super-prime residential market in Central London. Julie Bond’s work encompasses property purchases, lease extensions and landlord and tenant issues; she is β€˜highly commercial and always helpful’. Other key team members include managing associate Helen Curtis-Goulding, who is β€˜speedy, efficient and commercially excellent’, and legal director James Liffen, who specialises in residential conveyancing. Beverley Lewis retired.

Henry Stuart heads the β€˜outstandingly brilliant’ team at Withers LLP, which also includes key practitioners Emma Copestake, who is β€˜one of the most outstanding lawyers in the team, who clients trust without question’ and β€˜always finds the best solution and goes the extra mile every time to find it’; the β€˜fantastically knowledgeable and patient’ Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall, who focuses on rural properties and landed estates; and Nicholas Vaughan, who primarily acts for overseas clients. The six-partner group, which sits in the firm’s private client and tax department, also includes special counsel Edward Jarron, who is highly regarded for his landed estate work and Julie Teal, who regularly acts for high-net-worth individuals.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is β€˜an excellent firm with an exceptional reputation in the market, respected by vendors and purchasers alike’ and its team, led by Ian Cooke, has β€˜an incredible depth of knowledge combined with a practical and no nonsense approach which is reassuring to clients’. Thomas Moran is β€˜a key partner’, who is β€˜calm and knowledgeable and understands the importance of being thorough, while acting quickly, with the end objective always in mind’, and Christian Massey is β€˜technically amazing’. The group has core strengths in advising international clients on high-value purchases, with the majority of clients hailing from the Middle East, Russia and Eastern Europe, and South East Asia. Anita Gill, William Marriott, who is a key name for acting for UK-based clients on country house purchases and estates, and recently promoted partner Sakhjit Randhawa are also noted.

Forsters LLP’s β€˜service and advice is exceptional’ and its β€˜strong and stable’ team is β€˜reliable, professional and personable’. Practice head Lucy Barber is the β€˜go-to person’ in the group; she regularly acts for high-net-worth individuals and is also highly regarded for her enfranchisement expertise. The team also includes former practice head Paul Neville, who has notable expertise in landlord and tenant issues; Chris Myers, who is β€˜a key asset for the group and inspires confidence in clients’; and Helen Marsh, who focuses on the sale and purchase of high-value freehold and leasehold properties. The team works closely with the firm’s private client practice, where Penny Elliott and Andrew Lane are the names to note.

The β€˜highly efficient and commercial’ team at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP specialises in acting for both UK and overseas high-net-worth individuals on high-value residential sales and purchases in cities and the countryside, with notable expertise in transactions involving listed buildings. Practice head Sarah Conway, is β€˜unbelievably helpful and enthusiastic and a joy to deal with’. Other notable names include β€˜excellent’ senior associate Mary Campbell, who focuses on the prime and super-prime residential property markets and also handles enfranchisements and lease extensions, and associate Edward Burton, who β€˜manages to take the trickiest and most complex aspects of real estate law and explain them in a user friendly way’.

Pemberton Greenish LLP is β€˜a premier residential property firm’, has β€˜an outstanding team’ and β€˜provides an excellent service across the board’. The group β€˜is a go-to name for enfranchisement work’ and also handles conveyancing issues and property purchases for high-net-worth individuals based in the UK and overseas. Key names in the β€˜professional and efficient’ team include Robert Barham, who handles residential conveyancing matters, Rosie McCormick Paice, who acts for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and β€˜is an accessible and sensible practitioner’, and Suzie Haydon, who is β€˜fantastic at handling clients and has a way of dealing with very difficult situations in a delicate manner – nothing is too much trouble for her and her client care is second to none’.

Adams & Remers’ β€˜commerciality is very impressive’ and its β€˜excellent’ team has β€˜a fast-paced, personalised and supportive style’. Robin Illingworth leads the department, which acts for UK and international high-net-worth individuals from the media, sports and entertainment sectors. The group advises on high-value residential sales and leasehold enfranchisements; it is particularly noted for its agriculture and landed estate work. Caroline Roberjot, who is the name to note, is β€˜a calm, personable and level solicitor who absorbs and deals with any problem thrown at her’ and β€˜develops delightful relationships with everyone she works with’.

Bircham Dyson Bell stands out for its β€˜ingenious problem solving skills’ and β€˜unmatched responsiveness and proactivity’. The β€˜excellent’ practice routinely acts for high-net-worth individuals purchasing properties in prime locations, including Belgravia, Knightsbridge, St John’s Wood and Chelsea; the firm also has enfranchisement expertise and knowledge of lease extensions. Hema Anand heads the residential real estate team and John Stephenson has core strengths in leasehold enfranchisement matters; the two have β€˜formed a formidable partnership’. Real estate finance specialist Michael Parker, senior associate Rachel George, who regularly handles residential conveyancing, and Alastair Hutchinson, who is β€˜without any question, a complete all-rounder’ and focuses on country estate matters, are other names to note.

Daniel Rubie leads Fladgate LLP’s residential property practice. Rubie specialises in advising high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on their residential property purchases and sales; he also has substantial lease extension and enfranchisement expertise. In a recent highlight, Richard Kaufman acted for a high-net-worth individual on the Β£16m sale of a residential property; Kaufman is also recommended for property-related tax advice and investment issues.

Howard Kennedy LLP’s team’s β€˜super-fast, in-depth and broad knowledge ensures the deal gets done’. The group, led by the β€˜highly experienced and efficient’ Pervaze Ahmed, acts for high-net-worth individuals on the buying and selling of residential real estate assets, particularly in the prime and super-prime London real estate market. Ahmed joined the firm in 2017 from Blake Morgan LLP. Other key practitioners include Graham Kaye and Samantha Hook. Recent highlights include advising an ultra-high-net-worth individual on the purchase of six apartments in the new Marble Arch Tower totalling Β£90m and advising a private client on a Β£19m property purchase.

Payne Hicks Beach’s team advises across a wide variety of residential property issues, spanning land sales, residential property purchases and sales, and leasehold enfranchisement issues. The group works closely with the firm’s private client practice acting for high-net-worth individuals based in the UK and overseas. Andrew Berry, who heads the firm’s property practice, is highly regarded for his advice to high-net-worth individuals and landowners; he is also the key individual in the firm for advice to Middle Eastern clients. Richard Stapylton-Smith specialises in advising foreign nationals and Justin Dunlop is a key name for investment mandates.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur’s practice head Karen Mayne handles the purchase, sale, letting, ownership and management of residential properties. Mayne recently advised a wealthy individual on the acquisition of a Central London apartment for Β£16m and assisted another individual with the Β£4m acquisition of a listed property. Leasehold enfranchisement work is also a key strength for the group. Other key practitioners include new arrivals Ping Leung, who heads the firm’s China desk, Philip Vickers and Hei Leung, who joined the firm in late 2016 from VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards).

Taylor Wessing LLP’s team advises domestic and international clients on residential properties, agricultural matters and landed estates, and regularly acts for wealthy individuals and high-net-worth families. Practice head Elaine Dobson specialises in enfranchisement matters. Andrew Hine, who heads the firm’s private client department, is also active in the space, as are senior counsel Lisa Bevan, who has a substantial international client base, and senior associate Luke Callaghan, who is a key name for landed estate matters.

Teacher Stern LLP’s team β€˜provides a great service and valuable advice’ and has β€˜excellent attention to detail alongside an exceptional commerciality and thorough efficiency’. The β€˜brilliant’ cross-departmental team acts for UK-based and overseas high-net-worth individuals on the purchase and sale of prime Central London property and country houses and estates. Paul Adam leads the group and handles lease extensions and enfranchisements alongside his transactional expertise. Other key names include legal executive Suzanne Hamer, who is β€˜in a different league’, the β€˜first-choice’ Oliver Azzuri and Vanessa Cassidy, who is β€˜an excellent practitioner’.

Wedlake Bell LLP fields a β€˜brilliant’ three-partner team. Practice head Tom Allfree focuses on high-value properties in London and the South East and Angela Lucy advises high-net-worth individuals on property purchases and sales, lease extensions and re-mortgages. The department also assists with multi-jurisdictional transactions for international buyers and sellers, as well as handling residential property-related tax issues and enfranchisement matters. Senior associate Parminder Sidhu handles residential conveyancing matters, including freehold and leasehold property acquisitions, and senior associate Jonathan Achampong advises high-net-worth individuals on property purchases in London and the Home Counties and also handles landlord and tenant issues and collective enfranchisements. Jeremy Raj joined Irwin Mitchell.

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