Boodle Hatfield LLP has a first-rate reputation in the residential property arena, with it acting for individuals and investors on the financing, acquisition and sale of prime residential and trophy properties. Lettings work is also a mainstay of the practice. In addition, the team manages residential portfolios of major landed estates in London and across the UK. Notwithstanding the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit, the practice has seen an increase in mandates from domestic and international clients. Saskia Arthur heads up the team, which includes recently promoted partner Edward Allan. Also recommended are Shaima Jillood and Reem Al-Jumaily, who have particular experience of acting for clients from the Middle East. Simon Kerrigan is particularly active in landlord and tenant work, including leasehold enfranchisement cases. Jane Littlejohn leads the residential property work for The Grosvenor Estate.
Residential property in London
Other key lawyers:
Amanda O’Keeffe; Simon Kerrigan; Shaima Jillood; Jane Littlejohn; Graham Winkley; Edward Allan
‘Excellent holistic services for private clients and a unique Middle East team.’
‘Shaima Jillood and Reem Al Jumaily are excellent to work with particularly for Middle Eastern clients.’
‘Reem is the most responsive, front-footed proactive property lawyer I know.’
‘BH have a strong track record of dealing with complex legal arguments over a long period of time. They provide thorough and detailed advice, providing what was asked for and also what is required to deal with the situation in hand.’
‘They are pragmatic and honest to deal with. Other firms might indicate where you can find the answer to a problem, whereas BH give you background and the answer in detail.’
‘They are able to set out clear timescales for reporting or providing advice, they do not over-promise on delivery. They are also friendly and very knowledgeable. Simon Kerrigan works hard for you and is very efficient at getting the job done.’
The Grosvenor Estate
- Advising an UHNW family on the sale of eight Grade II listed apartments to a UHNW family in the newly restored Harcourt House.
- Acting for an international businessman on the purchase of a substantial terraced townhouse on a prestigious square in prime central London on behalf of a wealthy international businessman.
- Advising an UHNW client on the purchase of a country estate – made up of bare land with woodland, common land and agricultural land, for the development of a substantial abode.
Farrer & Co's team acts for clients from throughout the world, including major banks, high-net-worth individuals and families, as well as developers. It is adept at handling all the intricacies associated with financing, buying and selling residential properties. Laurie Horwood advises on transactional and secured lending work. He jointly leads the team with managing partner Simon Pring, who has 30 years of experience in the residential property arena, including matters concerning landed estates. Edmund Fetherston-Dilke is a well-known name in the country house, agricultural and rural property markets; he has extensive experience of rural financing and estate management. Laura Conduit's recent work included significant country house and prime London transactions. Annabel Dean and senior associate Hugh Wigzell are also recommended. In 2020, Lindsay Cunningham and enfranchisement expert Kate Chatters were promoted to senior associate and senior counsel respectively.
Simon Pring; Laurie Horwood
Other key lawyers:
Edmund Fetherston-Dilke; Annabel Dean; Laura Conduit; Lindsay Cunningham; Hugh Wigzell; Kate Chatters
‘Congenial, light-hearted, flexible, contactable and highly competent.’
‘Farrer & Co have a real “can-do” attitude, which ensures that problems are worked through and solutions found, rather than simply allowing legal processes to hold up any progressions.’
‘They are a personable team who really get to know and understand their clients’ business, which makes them far better informed when decisions have to be made.’
‘Both Hugh Wigzell and Laura Conduit have been instrumental in our day-to-day legal care/workload. They are always on hand and are very much problem solvers rather than simply problem finders.’
‘Their enthusiastic and positive mentality really does help to keep the legal wheels turning and moreover reflects well on us as a business for working with them.’
‘The team is very accessible and working in tandem is a great plus for clients having availability as the same time of knowledge and expertise. Laurie Horwood has the expertise and knowledge of a lot of very different cases and can therefore explain them to people who don’t have much of a legal background. He is accessible and quick to respond.’
Forsters LLP has a strong pedigree across the full spectrum of residential property work, which includes high-value acquisitions, sales and financings of prime real estate in London and elsewhere in the UK. It is also highly active in large-scale residential projects in London. Lucy Barber leads the team, which has a well-established reputation among high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, and serves prestigious clients such as The Crown Estate and The Phillimore Estate. In addition to Barber, another key individual in the group is Helen Marsh, whose expertise includes conveyancing and secured lending. Henry Cecil focuses on farms and country houses. Charles Miéville and Robert Barham are recent arrivals from Cripps.
Other key lawyers:
Helen Marsh; Henry Cecil; Charles Miéville; Robert Barham; Anna Marie-Short; Anna Jassani; Adam Whitfield-Jones; Poornima Andrews; Samantha Tomczyk
‘They were incredibly quick and efficient with their work and went above and beyond to take as much stress and responsibility off the negotiations from me.’
‘I worked with Anna Jassani for most of the project. She was probably the most organised and efficient person I have ever worked with. She was also just very easy to speak with and ask questions to without feeling embarrassed of sounding ignorant. She made everything digestible, whilst also being completely professional.’
‘First-class service, reliable partners and associates, good judgement calls when needed.’
‘I have used Anna Marie-Short for a number of transactions and have been delighted with the result. She has been willing to offer difficult advice where needed and I am entirely content with the outcomes.’
‘Their knowledge in this field is exceptional and was the main reason I was able to purchase my main residence, as the seller knew that the transaction would be quick and without unnecessary delays.’
‘I have worked with Poornima Andrews for many years and i have always found her professional, meticulous and thorough in her work. This has also been echoed by the estate agents during these transactions.’
‘Samantha Tomczyk went above and beyond throughout a difficult and lengthy transaction, demonstrating an exceptional level of professionalism and knowledge. Always very efficient, responsive and conducted with a friendly, relaxed manner.’
The Crown Estate
The Trinity Estate
The Phillimore Estate
JP Morgan Private Bank
Nationwide Pension Fund
Keystone Law has a well-established presence in the London residential property market, as evidenced by its work for high-net-worth clients on sales and acquisitions, developments and disputes. It is notably strong advising on matters concerning prime and super-prime London properties, and undertakes a significant account of work for overseas investors from the Middle East, Europe and Asia Pacific. Ian Cooke and Sakhjit Randhawa joined in December 2019 after many years working together at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP – the ‘dynamic duo‘ are known for being ‘the very best in the business at the ultra-high end of the residential property market‘, advising an international client base including royalty, high-profile public figures and property developers on buying, selling and investing into London. Hugh Murphy advises UK and international clients on transactions relating to country houses, sporting estates, farms and agricultural land. Leasehold enfranchisement expert Katie Cohen and Johnny Drysdale are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Hugh Murphy; Ian Cooke; Sakhjit Randhawa; Katie Cohen; Johnny Drysdale; Arwel Lewis; Dagmara Selwyn-Kuczera
‘Hugh Murphy has stand out execution skills whilst remaining exceptionally thorough on the detail.’
‘We are always confident having Katie Cohen in our corner. Katie’s advice is invaluable every time, she is always available and her response time is amazing.’
‘Good legal knowledge and advice, timely delivery of work done.’
‘The firm as a whole are professional, hardworking, knowledgeable and are easy to reach and work with.’
‘We’ve had absolutely no issues receiving a swift reply to our calls or messages and feel the team really go above and beyond to retain a good working relationship with us as agents and our contacts and long-term clients.’
‘As a firm, we only recommend an Ian Cooke and Sakhjit Randhawa to our overseas clients as we know they’ll do an incredible job and trust them wholeheartedly not to disappoint. ‘
‘Ian Cooke has been brilliant on multiple occasions helping to keep ours sales on track whilst continuously working in the clients best interests. Ian is very knowledgeable about the property market, he knows residential law inside out and has great communication skills regardless of who he is dealing with.’
‘Sakhjit Randhawa has been instrumental to the success of our transactions and is pleasure to deal with. On many occasions, Sakhjit and Ian have worked over the weekends and late into the evening to ensure a transaction takes place on time.’
Regent’s Crescent Property Holding
The Old War Office Project
60 Curzon Street Limited
British Land PLC
Archie Riby-Williams and Portman Heritage
- Advised Regent’s Crescent Property Holding on the sale of all of the apartments so far in the Regent’s Crescent development in prime central London.
- Advising British Land PLC throughout the development and sales programme of their super-prime Clarges Mayfair development opposite the Ritz .
- Advised Westminster Development Services Limited on the development of the famous building known as The Old War Office on Whitehall in London.
Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP is a first port of call for advice on high-value investment acquisitions and sales in town and the country, with a particular strength in matters involving listed buildings. It also excels in handling corporate sales of SPV vehicles that hold residential properties, residential financing transactions (acting for borrowers and lenders), leasehold enfranchisement and lease extensions. Another notable attribute of the team is its ability to assist ultra-high-net-worth individuals with managing their residential portfolios, which includes providing ‘crisis management’ advice in the context of liquidity. The team acts high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals in the UK, the US, Middle East, Asia and Africa. Group head Sarah Conway works with Edward Burton, who was promoted to partner in 2020, and has a specialism in advising private clients on matters concerning prime and super-prime residential properties. Senior counsel Mary Campbell and associate Gareth Milner are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Edward Burton; Mary Campbell; Gareth Milner
‘Sarah Conway – excellent leader of the residential conveyancing team.’
‘Edward Burton – the hardest working, most effective and communicative lawyer I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Makes even the most complex matters user-friendly and easy to understand.’
‘The team is fantastic, delivering exceptional service to our clients. They are very collaborative, approachable and communicative throughout a transaction. They work tirelessly to provide clients with high quality, considered and actionable advice.’
‘Extremely approachable. Always happy to help and assist. Very responsive and diligent. Pragmatic and practical. I am always very impressed when working with Sarah Conway and Edward Burton, who are both exceptional lawyers and deliver a fantastic product to our clients.’
‘An extremely efficient team who are always available.’
‘The team are responsive, willing, experienced and always try to overcome obstacles in an extremely solutions-driven service.’
Mishcon de Reya LLP's standing in the market is reflected by its work for clients such as high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, developers, banks, corporates and investment funds. The practice is led by James Liffen, who excels in transactions involving super-prime residential properties in UK, as well as super-prime country estates, among other matters. Sonal Thakrar has expertise in purchases and sales of prime and super-prime residential properties in central London, as well as secured lending transactions. Notably active in matters with a cross-border dimension, she has strong connections in the Middle East and Asia, in addition to the UK.
Other key lawyers:
Sonal Thakrar; Simon Chadowitz; Sarah Conibeere
‘Mishcon’s are recognised as one of the top firms in London in my practice.’
‘Sarah Conibeere is superb! One of the best I have worked with in London and we conducted possibly one of the hardest sales of my career last year which would have not happened without her!’
‘Sonal Thakrar and James Liffen are also excellent and class lawyers at the firm.’
BDB Pitmans is a strong choice for advice on the acquisition and sale of residential properties in prime and super-prime central London, and it is also renowned for its work in relation to rural properties and landed estates. Under the leadership of Hema Anand, the team attracts a significant amount of work from high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, corporates, investors and trusts. Beyond transactional matters, the group is sought after for advice on lease extensions and enfranchisement, as well as refinancings and property management issues. John Stephenson is a leading expert in leasehold reform, and he also handles significant refinances of property portfolios. Tristan Ward, who leads the landed estates and agriculture team, has more than 20 years of property experience.
Other key lawyers:
John Stephenson; Tristan Ward; Timothy Middleton
‘Strong team rather than just an individual. Straightforward fee quotes rather than overly long and complicated quotes.’
‘What makes BDB Pitmans unique is their communication skills and the ability to keep a deal moving forward. Even if one of the partners is away, there is always someone else who understands the file and what needs to be done.’
‘Hema Anand was very easy to work with, had a sensible approach and was supportive in dealing with a tricky sale.’
- Advised the nominee purchaser freehold company in a complex enfranchisement of a building in SW1.
- Advised an entrepreneur on the purchase of an SPV containing a significant residential leasehold.
- Advised a developer for plot sales of at complex site on the Wandsworth riverside.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's ability to tap into its international network of offices, and its team's experience of acting for non-UK domiciled clients, enables it to attract a strong flow of work from inbound investors. In addition, the firm also generates mandates from financiers, developers, property agents, land agents and trustees. Led by practice head William Marriot, the group stands out for its involvement in transactions in prime property markets in London, the home counties of the South of England, and large country estates and farms. Rural properties are a core area of expertise for Tristram van Lawick, who leads the landed estate management team, and is ably supported by Christian Massey. Thomas Moran has a first-rate reputation in the prime central London market.
Other key lawyers:
Thomas Moran; Tristram van Lawick; Christian Massey; Hannah Catt; Mark Rowden; Hayley Lalsing; Nigel Edge
‘A strong property team, with an outcome based focus, and great attention to detail. There seems to be expertise to cover all eventualities.’
‘Tom Moran has long been the key to this successful team. A calm and reassuring professional who is able to break down issues logically and address them, whilst keeping the deal as whole moving along smoothly.’
‘There are many other good people in the team, and Hannah Catt stands out as a very client focused solicitor who get things done.’
‘William Marriott is a pleasure to work with. You just know the sale will proceed no matter the difficulties encountered along the way. He is a problem solver and always charming with it.’
‘Extremely proactive and professional at all levels of their service across all team members.’
‘William Marriott is always extremely responsive, a forward thinking modern solicitor who always looks for resolution rather than creating obstacles.’
‘I have worked at length on a number of transactions with Tom Moran. He is proactive, extremely capable, willing and expedites matters. He is an excellent solicitor, is a credit to his firm and I look forward to our next transaction.’
‘CRS are a top firm with the ability to help clients looking for advice in all aspects of the law. Their real estate team is high class and constantly gives excellent and sage advice.’
Howard Kennedy LLP's residential conveyancing practice has gone from strength to strength since team head Pervaze Ahmed joined the firm in 2017, with it winning work from new and existing clients, such as banks, overseas investors and high-net-worth individuals. Notwithstanding the challenges faced by the wider market as a result of Covid-19, the group has continued to advise UK and overseas-based clients on high-value investment transactions. Ahmed has expertise in the purchase and disposal of prime and super-prime residential properties in central London. He is also noted for having strong connections overseas, particularly in the Middle East and South East Asia. Amalie Raben-Levetzau is also active in transactions with an international element; as a native Danish speaker, she has a particularly strong profile among Scandinavian clients.
Other key lawyers:
Amalie Raben-Levetzau; Ruby Begum
‘Pervaze Ahmed is always available, responsive, his knowledge and expertise are second to none, always finds a way to resolve issues, keeps clients at ease, is efficient and manages everyone’s expectations.’
‘Amalie is also excellent and always available. A great asset to the HK team.’
‘Howard Kennedy are an incredibly impressive business. Efficient with a very keen eye for detail and unphased by complicated transactions or complicated people.’
‘Pervaze Ahmed – Always available and a master communicator for clients and agents alike. Ruthlessly efficient and unphased by increased workload and complex transactions.’
‘The team is excellent in understanding any client’s circumstances. The nature of the firm also allows them to aid their clients with other advice, not just relating to conveyancing, which gives their clients both peace of mind and a complete service.’
‘People are professional, engaging and extremely capable. Their fees are competitive. I know that all decent prime central agents are always pleased to see Howard Kennedy acting for either buyer or seller.’
‘Amalie Raben-Levetzau: Her availability and ability to respond quickly and clearly. She is very diligent and does not miss issues, but even more impressive is her ability to find solutions to any issues. She is also polite and professional at all times.’
‘They are problem solvers rather than putting up barriers to impede the transaction. Their modus operandi is that ‘we are here to make the transaction get across the line’, which are the wishes of both seller and buyer.’
- Acting on the purchase of 4 flats that are in Howard Kennedy’s old offices at Harcourt House.
Kingsley Napley LLP primarily acts for high and ultra-high-net-worth clients (including politicians, media and sports personalities) on acquisitions and sales of prime real estate in London, as well as country houses. In addition to acting for UK-based clients, the team acts for wealthy individuals (and their families) based in the US, Russia, the Middle East and China. Bethan Owen, who leads the team, is well-versed in the acquisition and disposal of high-end properties. Paul Harbour is also a name to note.
Other key lawyers:
Paul Harbour; Vanessa Rhodes; Tanya Langridge; Victoria Lowe
‘The team is used to dealing with high value transactions for high-net-worth individuals. These deals can lead to pressurised situations, which they are adept at handling.’
‘Bethan Owen is constantly fighting her client’s corner and is so proactive in getting transactions over the line. If she is acting for you, there will be no time wasted on her part. She is a great collaborator with others.’
‘The unique attributes of the property team at Kingsley Napley are their speed of working, response times and accessibility, all without compromising on attention to detail or the quality of their work.’
‘They maintain the momentum of any transaction, often leaving the other party taken aback by their quick turnaround on information requested or their proactive replies. No transaction appears to be to large or too small to which to apply this modus operandi and it makes them stand out way above other property teams.’
‘Any delegation to her team made by Bethan Owen, partner, appears to be seamless and thorough. Their fees may be more, but you get what you pay for: a first class service, second to none.’
‘Bethan Owen heads up the property team and leads by example in her proactive, enthusiastic attitude and approachability. Above all, we trust her completely to act diligently on our behalf.’
Payne Hicks Beach LLP‘s residential property offering is complemented by its strengths in other related disciplines that are catered to serve the needs of private clients, including tax and trusts. Under the leadership of Andrew Berry, the team advises on matters such as investment acquisitions and disposals, leasing and property development. Berry has a wealth of experience handling prime residential property deals in London for UK-based and international clients. The firm made a significant investment in its practice in 2020 by hiring Emma Copestake from Withers LLP; she covers the entire ambit of residential property work for clients such as developers, banks and investors. Justin Dunlop and Simon Blackburn are among other key individuals in the team, which is also active in transactions involving estates, farms and country houses.
Other key lawyers:
Emma Copestake; Justin Dunlop; Simon Blackburn; Marisa Beccarelli; Andrea Yiakoumetti; Venetia Taylor
‘Andrew Berry runs a highly experienced team which is capable of tackling any property or conveyancing issue. No brief is too small.’
‘Andrew Berry just rolls up his sleeves to get the job done without pomp or ceremony. Few can rival his experience.’
‘Emma Copestake is an outstanding lawyer as she is commercially very savvy and will move heaven and earth to meet client objectives. Collaborating with Emma is a pleasure as she understands that legal advice on planning might not always support expectations and will work with you to find solutions.’
‘The firm are that rare commodity – wonderful service, immense all-around capability but with a style and courtesy that seems increasingly rare in these times. Andrew Berry and Marisa Beccarelli are exceptional.’
Taylor Wessing LLP's team, which is led by Elaine Dobson, acts for clients on sales and acquisitions, landlord and tenant matters, refinancings and restructurings and development work. Dobson and Rachel George are noted for their enfranchisement expertise. The group's workload covers luxury residential developments, mixed-use sites, as well as landed estates and other agricultural property. Senior counsel Lisa Bevan covers a variety of mandates for clients, which includes advising developers on mixed-use and high-value residential development schemes. Senior counsel Luke Callaghan and senior associate Edward Willis are knowledgeable about issues relating to rural and agricultural property.
Other key lawyers:
Lisa Bevan; Luke Callaghan; Rachel George; Edward Willis
‘I only deal with the private client property team and they are brilliant. always at the end of the phone or email. Thorough and reassuring. Elaine Dobson and Lisa Bevan. Both very good lawyers and a joy to work with even through stressful transactions. Both very calm and measured.’
‘Taylor Wessing is a very well regarded company which provides an excellent service.’
‘Lisa Bevan is one of the best solicitors I have worked with in the last ten years. She goes above and beyond to provide a great service to her clients.’
Wedlake Bell LLP’s practice is particularly active in the prime and super-prime residential market in London and the Home Counties, where its work covers acquisitions and sales of houses, flats, estates and penthouses, among other real estate assets. In addition, the team is sought after for advice on individual and collective leasehold enfranchisement transactions. Group head Tom Allfree, who has 20 years of transactional experience, works with Nick Stone and Jonathan Achampong. Clients of the firm include high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families, investors and trustees.
Other key lawyers:
Nick Stone; Jonathan Achampong
‘Nick Stone and his team are truly excellent – they are highly professional, work all hours with strong communication levels, and take a very commercial approach where possible. They are solution focused, which is a key attribute in any solicitor.’
‘Nick Stone – he is my go to solicitor, and I trust him implicitly. In addition to the many clients I introduce him to, he also handles my personal work.’
‘They are extremely proactive and always seem focused on finding solutions rather than focusing on problems.’
‘Tom Allfree is an excellent operator and an absolute pleasure to work with.’
‘Wedlake Bell is a respected firm of solicitors, and I have dealt with them for many years. I have always found them proactive.’
Withers LLP’s varied portfolio of work includes transactions involving prime central London properties, flats, farms and country houses. Its team frequently handles matters involving non UK-domiciled parties; recent mandates involved parties from territories such as the British Virgin Islands, China and India. Henry Stuart, who leads the team, is notably skilled in tax structuring, as well as offshore structures. Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall is experienced in advising clients on the acquisition of estates, farms and country houses, either as first-time buyers or as part of a portfolio. Nicholas Vaughan, who is a fluent Italian speaker, is also highly recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall; Edward Jarron; Nicholas Vaughan; George Coleman; David Holland
‘Confidence, specialist knowledge, approachability, responsiveness.’
‘In my opinion, Withers provides a personalised service and the team are highly effective and a pleasure to deal with. Their knowledge and ability have instilled in me a confidence in working with them which makes such transactions less stressful, not least because they think ahead and ask the right questions at the right time.’
‘I think the level of engagement makes the difference and the fact that they are readily available and respond to emails often within the matter of a few minutes or hours.’
‘Working from home during the Covid lockdowns has not diminished the performance or personal approach towards clients seeking solutions to their property interests. Just as much cross-team collaboration and accessibility as when they were in an office environment.’
‘The team at Withers are excellent. They work incredibly hard and you know that, whoever is in charge of the deal, that person will be receiving the right advice.’
‘Nick Vaughan and George Coleman are a dynamic duo. They give honest, clear and excellent advice and are really a pleasure to deal with. Their knowledge is top notch and I feel very comfortable knowing that they are acting on behalf of my clients.’
‘The Withers Real Estate Department are renowned for their general efficiency and depth of experience. They seem to be able to work smarter and faster than their competitors. They do not profess to be the cheapest but we refer many clients to them and they are never disappointed.‘
Child & Child’s team demonstrates strong capabilities across the spectrum of residential real estate work, as is reflected by its ability to generate mandates from high-net-worth individuals, developers, financial institutions and trust administrators, among various other clients. Its extensive expertise in the London property market makes it well-placed to handle sales and acquisitions, site acquisitions for residential development and financing/refinancing. Senior associate Matilda Everest-Wild is the head of secured residential lending. Also notable is that the firm has international desks covering the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Italy and Greece. Goli-Michelle Banan leads the team.
Other key lawyers:
Zach Reynolds; Steven Roskin; Matilda Everest-Wild; Alexa Kordowicz; Anouska Kapur; Andrew Li
‘Essentially the lawyer we used is very clever, grasped the situation quickly and is calm when situations are difficult. He gave us a great sense of confidence that we could achieve what we wanted and offered solutions to problems along the way. The partner we have used twice – selling and buying property – is Zach Reynolds and we could not recommend him more highly.‘
‘Client, customer focused with efficient follow up and excellent responsiveness. All transactional activity was done digitally. Main strengths lie in the professionalism of their people. They inspire trust and confidence.’
‘Goli-Michelle Banan was brilliant to work with. Always felt in safe hands, protected and the firm was on top of things. They stand out for me, having dealt with many companies is the professionalism. I simply do not have to worry.‘
‘C & C are phenomenal communicators and we take great pride and comfort in referring our clients and buyers to them.’
‘I have used Child and Child over the past 10 years. I have always found the staff to be switched on and proactive.’
SFG Property LLP
WEST 11 DESIGN LIMITED
- Acted for ARE SS Limited on the purchase of a flat in Knightsbridge for the buyer based in Hong Kong with the seller based in Dubai.
- Advised Zhang & Zhao on the purchase of a newly developed Sunningdale Mansion for £19,200,000.
- Advised Kwok on the purchase of a £5M mansion house in Ascot.
Cripps handles residential property transactions and leasehold enfranchisement work, and it also assists with the general management of country estates, counting The Crown Estate as a key client. In addition to acting for UK-based clients, the team also advises estates and individuals located outside of the UK, most of which are generally domiciled in the US, Middle East and Far East. Tunbridge Wells-based partner Fiona McIntosh, who leads the team firm-wide, has particular experience of matters involving high-value London and country properties. She is assisted by Anna Favre, Kerry Glanville and Sally Firby.
Other key lawyers:
Kerry Glanville; Anna Favre; Sally Firby; Laura Southgate; Kit Mordaunt
‘We are always impressed with the depth of knowledge in agricultural, estate and SDLT matters; they consistently demonstrate an investigative approach to conveyancing matters.‘
‘Their background of working for central London landed estates gives them an edge over competitors. They are still also one of the few firms who provide a full written report on title to clients and other professionals, which has been at times a life-saver.‘
‘Anna Favre is of particular note, being a “go-to” person for fast answers to complicated questions, particularly without having to go away and spend three days trying to find said answers. Also one of the few good speakers on leasehold enfranchisement who can give an engaging presentation on the subject. ‘
Native Land Limited
The Crown Estate
Cadogan Estates Limited
Battersea Power Station Development
The Sloane Stanley Estate
The Portman Estate
The Dulwich Estate
- Acted for Queen Court Freehold Company on an appeal arguing that the leaseholders who had exercised the right to collective enfranchisement should be entitled to acquire leases of the airspace, subsoil and parts of the basement.
- Advised Cadogan Estates Limited on the acquisition of leases within its estate.
- Advised a property developer on the sale of a high end luxury apartment.
Edwin Coe LLP is prominent in acquisitions and sales of high-end residential properties in prime central London and the Home Counties, with transactions involving high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. It also advises on ultra-high-end residential developments and real estate finance transactions. Stephen Brower, who leads the team, is notably experienced in assisting clients from the Far East.
Other key lawyers:
Julian Gore; Rosie McCormick Paice; Katherine Simpson; James Davies
‘Friendly and easy to communicate with, and extremely knowledgable in their areas. They have a solution orientated approach.’
‘Rosie McCormick Paice provides an excellent service.’
‘Even though they are a multidisciplinary practice, they will always recommend another firm or another way of solving the problem if that is the best advice. This culture allows us to have confidence in the advice they give.’
Aion Global Inc
Luxlo Property Ltd
- Advice on UK property structures and purchase of two off-plan apartments in Marylebone Square development.
- Advising on the purchase of a prime central London flat and the subsequent extension of the lease.
- Acting on the sale of a recently developed residential property on St George’s Hill Estate, Weybridge. Exchange of Contracts occurred within 3 days of being instructed.
Fladgate LLP represents over 80 family offices, and it also acts for high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, offshore banks, developers and investment funds. It is notably active in high-end freehold and leasehold acquisitions and sales of residential properties in London. In addition, other work includes portfolio refinancings and lease extensions. The team has been particularly active in transactions involving the British Virgin Islands, the Channel Islands, Switzerland and the UAE. Helen Curtis-Goulding heads up the practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘For its size, Fladgate have very good personal relationships in the tradition of an old family firm. They are responsive, technically well-informed, competent and timely in their dealings.’
‘Outstanding client care during the pandemic enabling the family to achieve a prompt sale and purchase at an exceptionally demanding time.’
‘Helen Curtis-Goulding is knowledgeable, committed and approachable. She is happy to meet tight deadlines and manage unexpected challenges.’
Harbottle & Lewis LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in residential property work, as is reflected by the fact that it acts for high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, overseas investors and media and sports personalities. The practice advises clients on matters in the London prime and ultra-prime markets, as well as more generally countrywide. Team head Melanie Benson is an expert in leasing, conveyancing and investment. She works with Leo Marino, Lee Greaves and senior associate Jonathan Hewitt.
Other key lawyers:
Leo Marino; Lee Greaves; Jonathan Hewitt
‘Fantastic firm with great lawyers, entrepreneurial spirit and incredible clients.’
‘Excellent professional advice, always available.’
- Advised Zedra on acquisitions and disposals and a large number of on-shoring and de-enveloping matters relating to high value central London residential properties.
- Acting for an SPV on the multimillion pound acquisition of 12 apartments at the new Gasholder’s Development at King’s Cross.
Memery Crystal LLP’s residential property practices encompasses a mix of transactions, financing and leasing work. Nicola Kravitz, who leads the team, advises high-net-worth individuals and private property companies.
Other key lawyers:
Fayruz Cahill; Emily Farrow
‘The residential team has a great understanding of their clients’ needs. We undertake many transactions of differing sizes, we receive the same level of service across the large or small transactions.’
‘Nicola Kravitz leads by example. She has a very strong work ethic and you always feel confident with Nicola being part of your team as she has a unique ability to understand her clients’ objectives. Fayruz Cahill is a brilliant lawyer.’
‘I think that they have a very proactive attitude and work to an excellent standard within very tight timeframes. Their breadth of knowledge is impressive and they are easy to reach, which is invaluable.’
‘Memery Crystal staff are always incredibly knowledgable in the residential property sector and have continued to assist my client base accordingly.’
‘Availability, advice and the ability to listen and not dictate. Commercial approach, and most importantly, good and great people.’
‘Pragmatic, can-do attitude.’
Luxgrove Capital Partners
Fairview New Homes
- Advising a private client on the c. £20m acquisition of a penthouse in Marylebone.
- Advising a private client on the purchase, charge, lease extension, license to alter, and onward sale of 10 residential flats in West London.
- Advising Gage Properties on a £15m loan from Hilltop Credit Partners for the acquisition and development of nine high-end units within the reputable Taplow Riverside.
RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP covers all aspects of residential property work, with a notably strong reputation in leasehold enfranchisement. The team advises high-net-worth individuals, as well as offshore trusts and property companies, and it counts The Church Commissioners for England as a key client. Group head Karen Mayne assists clients with enfranchisement work, and she is also skilled in residential property financing and letting. Ping Leung, who headed up the team’s China desk, has retired.
Other key lawyers:
Philip Vickers; Christopher Keough
The Church Commissioners for England
- Acted for a high-net-worth private client on the negotiation with Grosvenor Estate of documentation to reflect the client’s major refurbishment and alterations project of a substantial Eaton Square apartment, including surrender of previously demised parts and lease and transfer of additional areas.
- Acted for an offshore trust company on the £3m restructuring of ownership following change of trustee in respect of two high value freehold town houses and ancillary leasehold car parking facilities in a Central London gated development.
- Advising a property company and its shareholders (the owners of the flats in the building owned by the company) on an appropriate method of restructuring ownership of the leasehold and freehold interests worth over £3m.
RWK Goodman has a notable client base comprising of celebrities, sports stars and entrepreneurs, for whom it advises on the acquisition and sale of freehold and leasehold properties, both for personal and investment purposes.
Other key lawyers:
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‘This team is efficient, effective and super responsive. They don’t beat around the bush.’
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Vardags' property practice is led by James Bunker, who focuses on acquisitions, disposals, restructurings and lease management. His client base includes high-net-worth individuals from China, the US, the Middle East and Central Europe. Bunker's recent work included matters concerning prime central London properties, as well as country houses.
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‘James Bunker always seems to be on top of the detail and is very responsive. It is easy and quick to do a deal with him. He is a genuinely lovely person.’