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Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: Residential property

James Vernor-Miles heads the department at Hunters Law LLP, which is praised for ‘its ability to explain complex situations and make them easier to understand’. The group is also lauded for ‘its attention to detail and for its ability to work under pressure and to tight time schedules’.
At Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP the ‘residential conveyancing team is unique primarily due to its outstanding client care. The team has the benefit of the full range of expertise relating to every aspect of residential conveyancing – the team always delivers’. John O’Callaghan; Paul Cain; Mustafa Abbas and David Burns are the practice heads.
Felicity Sergeant is the practice head at Streathers – she ‘has a refreshingly straightforward style, but is exceptionally efficient and communicates well’.  

Firms in the Spotlight Residential property

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Ronald Fletcher Baker attracts a diverse client base from financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and substantial freehold corporate investors, as a result of which the firm has considerable expertise acting for corporate investors based in the BVI, Bahamas, Mauritius, Seychelles, Turkey and Isle of Man. This department also acts for sellers and buyers, and buy-to-let investors, …

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Boodle Hatfield LLP

Saskia Arthur leads an active and ‘really strong‘ team at Boodle Hatfield LLP– it has acted on over 1,200 residential transactions in the last 12 months with individual transaction values of up to £100m. The group garners praise for the breadth of its expertise. It is adept at advising on the sale and purchase of high-value residential properties, as well as advising non-UK resident clients on buying UK property to hold as an investment. In addition, it is a known name for its considerable strength in areas such as leasehold enfranchisement, residential developments, refurbishments and rebuilds. Simon Kerrigan is well-regarded for his work on all aspects of residential property. Shaima Jillood is the joint head of the firm’s Middle East practice, and is experienced in advising on a wide spectrum of residential property matters. Reem Al-Jumaily is another key member of the firm’s Middle East practice, and specialises in the sale and purchase of UK residential property. The team’s expertise spans advising on high-value prime central London properties, as well as large London development projects. Edward Allan is another name to note, who frequently handles many complex transactions.

Practice head(s):

Saskia Arthur

Other key lawyers:

Shaima Jillood; Reem Al-Jumaily; Simon Kerrigan; Graham Winkley; Edward Allan


‘An agile team, with a wide range of expertise and experience, national coverage and an impressive client list that includes various landed estates’.

‘Including Simon Kerrigan and Graham Winkley, some very approachable, likeable and knowledgeable individuals, that provide prompt and accurate advice, that is understandable and not full of unnecessary jargon’.

‘Extremely capable team with extensive experience in advising HNW clients on high-end residential property transactions’.

‘Saskia Arthur has exceptional experience in advising international clients on residential property transactions both in London and the country. She has excellent client management skills and is always a pleasure to deal with’.

‘Absolutely excellent client service and responsiveness, and constantly on the job’.

‘Edward Allan – Partner. Highly proactive, very responsive and very good judgement’.

‘Edward Allan is a dream to deal with, commercially excellent – as is Shaima Jillood who works collaboratively to get the deal done’.

Farrer & Co

Spearheaded by Laura Conduit and Annabel Dean, Farrer & Co has a stellar reputation for its work on many complex and high-value matters. It is skilled at advising on tax and structuring issues by way of SPV deals in prime central London. Clients appreciate that the team ‘is always on hand for a call to explain various aspects of any deal, to provide clarity and practical solutions’. In addition, it is sought after for its country house expertise. The group ‘works closely with us and their clients to ensure a smooth transaction’. Laurie Horwood is well respected for his work on a variety of key residential property deals, and also acts for some of the leading private banks. Edmund Fetherston-Dilke is another significant member of the team. Hugh Wigzell has niche expertise in high-end new build properties. The practice excels in large conveyancing matters. It also acts for both banks and borrowers in secured lending transactions.

Practice head(s):

Laura Conduit; Annabel Dean

Other key lawyers:

Laurie Horwood; Hugh Wigzell; Edmund Featherston-Dilke; Jenna Whistler; Lindsay Cunningham; Adam Fletcher


‘Farrer & Co work brilliant as a team, everyone I have worked with in the residential property team have a calm, organised and diligent approach’.

‘They are fantastic at what they do, and I hold them all in high regard. I have recently worked a lot with Jenna Whistler and Laurie Horwood, who I rate being at the very top of their profession’.

‘Very good team, great communication among them and broad cumulated knowledge. Very knowledgeable also has great experience and expertise’.

‘Lindsay Cunningham and Annabel Dean were both superb, communicative, decisive, clear and helpful as well as being extremely good lawyers’.

The team, directed by Laurie Horwood, are exceptionally professional. They have a great understanding of client’s needs which, tied with a very practical application of law and regulations, means that they are perfectly positioned to offer best in class legal advice to their clients’.

Particularly Annabel Dean, Lindsay Cunningham and Hugh Wigzell are excellent in their professional capacity, help drive on sales, engage with other highly regarded professionals to assist the transactions, and are excellent communicators, allowing transactions to advance expediently and smoothly‘.

‘Hugh Wigzell and Edmund Featherston-Dilke are always forthcoming and go above and beyond the role of legal advisor’.

‘Adam Fletcher fights his clients’ corner really well, but is also very good to deal with’.

Forsters LLP

Led by Lucy Barber, Forsters LLP’s residential practice is one of the largest in central London. It handles the full range of residential property matters, including large-scale developments, complex financings, and high-value sales and purchases in central London and across the UK. The agile team acts on behalf of high-net-worth and ultra-high-net worth individuals. Helen Marsh is another name to note for her work on the full range of property matters, including landlord and tenant issues. Robert Barham has a wealth of experience in the purchase and sale of high-value residential property and mixed use assets. Charles Miéville is recognised for his work with private individuals in residential acquisitions and disposals – Miéville also works with clients who are investing, refinancing or developing residential property. Another core area of strength is working with banks on the enforcement of security over residential properties.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Barber

Other key lawyers:

Charles Miéville; Robert Barham; Helen Marsh


‘Forsters are very strong across multiple disciplines and work closely to deliver the best service for their clients. Strong communication which in my opinion is the most important!’.

‘Charlie Mieville is one of my go to conveyancing lawyers. I am very fussy over who I work with and introduce to my clients. I have worked with Charlie for many years and for many clients. He really is excellent and goes above and beyond’.

‘Robert Barham also stepped in on the purchase of an off-market Grade II* listed house in Chelsea for a client of mine as Charlie was away, and was excellent throughout.’

‘Very knowledgeable, pro active in problem solving. Understand the important things for their clients.’

‘Dedicated, hands on team who always go the extra mile’.

‘I think the vast experience the staff at Fostsers LLP has is well known throughout the market. Their communication throughout the transaction is always excellent and does make them stand out for me when I compare with other firms’.

‘Lucy Barber has exceptional knowledge of property Law and vast experience in all levels of transactions. The main thing that stood out was how approachable she was during the transaction. She always made time to communicate with me throughout and was able to flag up and resolve a few issues which other solicitors might well have folded on’.

‘The Forsters team have a genuinely collegiate spirit – they are technically superb but marry this with real commercial approach. Great people and great fun to work with. Helen Marsh is exceptional’.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law has a depth of like-minded quality lawyers who all work in complete harmony – the ‘team’ is very effective at delivering excellent advice and positive outcomes’. It boasts an excellent portfolio of high-net-worth clients. The group is skilled at advising on the full spectrum of residential property matters from sales and acquisitions to developments, financings, enfranchisement and disputes. Ian Cooke is vastly experienced in handling transactions relating to the prime and super-prime London residential property market. Sakhjit Randhawa frequently advises on high-value residential property acquisitions, sales and new development projects. In addition, Randhawa has a large following in the Middle East, South East Asia and America. Hugh Murphy is another key figure who acts for private clients, landed estates and institutional clients on all aspects of property law. Murphy continues to be instructed by a number of high-profile international and UK-based clients.

Other key lawyers:

Ian Cooke; Sakhjit Randhawa; Hugh Murphy; Katie Cohen; Jason Roston


‘Very professional and always responsive. Always there to answer a query, practical solutions and client’s best interests always put first’.

‘Hugh Murphy’s team continues to deliver an unrivalled personal and professional service in the upper end of the residential and agricultural property market’.

‘Hugh Murphy is always readily available to discuss issues and offer solutions before delivering sound professional advice to our mutual clients with a pragmatic and human touch’.

‘The team at Keystone law are exemplary in every aspect of their work. Their communication is second to none. Ian Cooke is in a class of his own’.

‘Ian Cooke and Sakhjit Randhawa are quite simply exceptional lawyers who really care about delivering excellent advice and service to all their clients. Their service and advice is nothing short of outstanding and highly professional’.

Katie Cohen is very knowledgeable in leasehold reform and very conscientious in her work’.

‘Hugh Murphy is an extremely experienced residential property lawyer, who is user-friendly and brings a can do attitude to any scenario‘.

‘Jason Roston is truly excellent; incredibly efficient and always helpful. Offers fantastic support to his clients. The best solicitor I have worked with.’

Key clients

The Old War Office Project, Whitehall, London SW1

60 Curzon Street Limited

Regent’s Crescent Property Holdings

British Land PLC and Clarges Mayfair Residential Management Company Limited

Chester Collection Limited

Buyers at Southbank Place, London

Buyers at Chelsea Barracks, London SW3

Edd China

Prue Leith

Work highlights

  • Instructed on The Old War Office Project – handling the residential apartment sales – all being built to a super-prime specification. There are 85 apartments in the building, and it is instructed to sell all of them one by one to the individual buyers of the apartments.
  • Instructed by Brockton Everlast Inc and their special purpose company, 60 Curzon Street Limited, to advise on the residential apartment sales of their prime Mayfair residential property scheme at 60 Curzon Street. There are 42 luxury apartments in this stunning location and the gross development value is expected to be around £600m.
  • Advising British Land PLC throughout this development and sales programme of their super-prime Clarges, Mayfair development opposite the Ritz since the decision was made to purchase the original office building, knock it down and create some ultra-luxury residential apartments. Ian and Sakhjit have handled with their team all apartment sales and have concluded the final sales during 2022.

Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP

The first-rate team at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP specialises in bespoke, complex and high-value matters for private clients. Under the leadership of Sarah Conway, it is lauded for its work on substantial residential sales and purchases. The team has particular expertise in listed buildings. In addition, the group is skilled in other areas, such as advising on leasehold enfranchisement and lease extensions, as well as advising on residential financings. Another core area of focus is providing specialist advice on private client and trust related matters where there is a real estate element. Edward Burton works across a wide spectrum of residential property matters, from listed buildings on the London estates, to new build super prime apartments and country houses. Barton regularly acts on the most complex and highest value deals in London, and also advises on enfranchisement and lease extensions. In addition, he frequently works with the firm’s private wealth team on residential property structures.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Conway

Other key lawyers:

Edward Burton; Mary Campbell


‘Sarah and Edward are always at the end of a phone. Whatever time of day or night they are available for their clients and this characteristic is extremely hard to find within the sector. They are also more than happy to try and meet deadlines, think outside of the box to get the best for their clients and really are brilliant!’.

‘Sarah Conway and Edward Burton – They are the ones that instil the discipline and ethics that help the firm achieve the above!’.

‘A very collaborative team who are always available to take calls and hold their clients hands throughout the process. Mary Campbell is particularly proactive. She remained calm during the process and showed no signs of pressure’.

‘Edward Burton is equally proactive and approachable. I find him very pragmatic and has given my clients good, honest advice. He will always keep all parties concerned fully informed and up to date’.

‘Market leading team who are truly exceptional – without question the best team in London for high value residential property. In a league of their own currently‘.

‘Sarah Conway and Edward Burton – brilliant team, exceptional individuals, market leaders. Utterly lovely people, technically exceptional and genuine deal doers – very rare combinations‘.

‘The residential team at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP are truly exceptional. They are always available, exceptionally hard-working and deliver the results either buyer or seller are wanting with full advice within often a tight timescale’.

‘Sarah Conway and Edward Burton are both exceptional in their work. I know if they are working on a sale, whether for the buyer or seller, we will have amazing communication, advice, problem-solving and delivery of the result everyone is looking for’.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP has extensive experience of working with UHNW individuals from across the globe. It has a diverse client base of wealthy individuals and start up developers as well as investors, banks, corporates and onshore/offshore investment funds. Practice head James Liffen is recommended for his work on a range of complicated transactions involving shared ownership, auction sales, and portfolio purchases, in addition to tenancy and planning issues. Sonal Thakrar garners praise for her advice on all aspects of UK residential property and secured lending to banks. Thakrar has a particular focus on purchasing or selling prime or super-prime residential property in central London, which often have complex offshore structures. Dee Aylward is also recommended for her work with clients when they are buying properties in prime central London. Aylward’s clients are often purchasing second homes or property for investment purposes.

Practice head(s):

James Liffen

Other key lawyers:

Sonal Thakrar; Dee Aylward


‘Highly efficient, bright, dynamic, technical, friendly. Sonal Thakrar, James Liffen’.

‘The words I would use to describe them are Determined, Reliable, Efficient, Awesome, and Magnificent (or D.R.E.A.M. for short). The D.R.E.A.M.team have the Nike approach to work because they Just Do It, no ego, no pride, just great results for their clients’.

‘I know that when I have a Mischon Solicitor on a property deal the chances of that deal going through are so much higher as they are advisors to their clients and can be the difference between a deal exchanging or falling through. Cost is what you pay and value is what you get, and no property solicitors provide more value than Mishcon de Reya’.

‘James Liffen is quite simply exceptional at his job and, as head of the department, has trained up a whole group of world-class property solicitors in a sector where the only people who can really compete with Mischcon in terms of service are ex-Mischon employees, who of course were trained by James’.

‘Humble, kind and sincere, James is always the first person I refer to. He is the definition of going above and beyond’.

BDB Pitmans

Hema Anand heads a ‘high profile team’ with an ‘excellent reputation and market leading knowledge’ at BDB Pitmans. Anand is skilled at handling some of the firm’s high-profile and high-value residential transactions, and is also recommended for her expertise in rights of first refusal matters and on a range of complicated landlord and tenant issues. John Stephenson is another key figure who is regularly instructed to handle significant refinancing of portfolios, as well as for his leasehold reform advice. Legal director Lorna Du Sautoy handles many UHNW residential transactions and has a loyal following amongst buying agents and PLC agents.

Practice head(s):

Hema Anand

Other key lawyers:

Lorna Du Sautoy; John Stephenson; Katie Lewis; Tristan Ward


‘Lorna du Sautoy- I have never ever been unimpressed with the legal team at BDB Pitmans. Always willing to help and simply give their best for their clients and co-advisers’.

‘John Stephenson. Just simply one of the best professionals in leasehold enfranchisement. Knows everything and can see the way through a difficult thicket with ease’.

‘Katie Lewis. Highly impressed with the way she calmly assisted a mutual client in understanding and progressing what initially appeared to be a difficult claim for a lease extension from an unhelpful landlord to resolving it happily’.

Work highlights

  • Advising on a complex and cross jurisdictional sale of PCL portfolio worth in excess £45m.
  • Acted in a time sensitive and complicated refinance worth £39m.
  • Advised on notable and complicated and high value Leasehold Reform claims.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

William Marriot and Thomas Moran co-lead the department at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, which has a focus on complex and high-value transactions in prime central London. It regularly works with leading intermediaries and advises a wide range of clients from UHNW buyers and sellers, to developers, land agents and trustees. The group also has considerable international capabilities and works closely with its strong private wealth offering. Moran advises on many landlord and tenant matters and issues relating to leasehold enfranchisement. Marriott is skilled at handling all aspects of the acquisition and disposal of high-value property across England. Tristram van Lawick is known for his agricultural law expertise and runs the firm’s landed estate management team.

Practice head(s):

William Marriott; Thomas Moran

Other key lawyers:

Tristram van Lawick


‘The team are able to advise private clients on a wide range of specialisms, so that advice can be provided in a joined up and convenient format. The advice is always clearly communicated and relevant’.

‘Thomas Moran’s methodical, calm approach, focused on solving problems, rather than finding them, is refreshing and reassuring. He is always responsive, understanding the value of communication’.

‘Collaborative and take a sensible approach. When we see CRS on the other side we breathe a sigh of relief!’.

‘Tom Moran is so wise and always calm and great to deal with’.

‘The team are excellent. Knowledgeable, slick, reliable and very user-friendly. They can react to a situation very quickly and their advice is always top class’.

‘Tom Moran. He is an extremely wise lawyer and there is nothing that he hasn’t experienced. He can navigate a tricky situation with complete dexterity. He is also a great deal of fun to deal with – something that isn’t always the case!’.


Fladgate LLP

At Fladgate LLP, Helen Curtis-Goulding heads an excellent team, which advises domestic and international clients, ranging from HNW individuals to businesses and trusts, on acquiring, owning or disposing of all types of residential property in the UK. The practice is recognised for its skill in handling many complex property sales and acquisitions, (including freehold and leasehold residential transactions), in prime and super prime central London. It also has considerable expertise in other matters relating to the acquisition and holding of real estate assets, and is adept at advising on estate and succession matters, as well as tax issues. Sarah Conibeere frequently deals with prime and super prime leasehold and freehold properties – most of these properties are in the London area.

Practice head(s):

Helen Curtis-Goulding

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Conibeere; Claudia Carter


‘Sarah Conibeere is extremely conscientious, diligent, professional & knowledgeable in the field of real estate especially in relation to prime property locations in London, handing transactions for the bank in respect of its high net worth clients’.

‘Sarah always meets deadlines, both offers & provides legal advice upon request, and is very personable’.

‘The team are very pragmatic and will look for solutions to overcome any issues discovered as part of the property due diligence. Compared to other companies, they will clearly articulate any potential issues and how the bank can mitigate its risk’.

Kingsley Napley LLP

The residential property team at Kingsley Napley LLP is vastly experienced in advising on the sale and purchase of substantial and high-value central London houses and apartments, as well as country houses in the South of England. Most of its clients are celebrities and U/HNW individuals, in addition to royalty, politicians, professionals and business people. At the helm is Bethan Owen, who specialises in high-value residential transactions. Owen is skilled at advising on acquisitions, developments, financing and the sale of properties in prime central London, as well as country houses. Vanessa Rhodes is also recommended for her work on the acquisition and disposal of a variety of complex asset portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Bethan Owen

Other key lawyers:

Vanessa Rhodes


‘Kingsley Napley is without doubt the leading law firm when it comes to crypto-backed property purchases. They understand the nuances of crypto technology, how funds are transferred and, most importantly, what the risks are’.

‘They are willing to deploy risk solutions in order to increase their knowledge and comfort in dealing with the sector’.

‘ALL of the people we have dealt with at KN are innovative, responsive, extremely thorough and natural problem solvers. These traits have allowed them to take a clear lead when it comes to onboarding crypto clients’.

‘Bethan Owen runs a strong real estate team. Without question, she is what makes this practice unique. She always responds extremely promptly and effectively. She is the most conscientious lawyer I have ever experienced in her diligence and focus’.

‘Bethan’s communication skills are one of her greatest strengths and combined with a good sense of humour whilst remaining totally professional, she is a pleasure to deal with’.

‘Bethan Owen is outstanding in the way she listens, she responds quickly and efficiently, is always enthusiastic, positive and proactive. Her manner is always courteous, however aggressive the other party’s lawyer may be’.

‘Bethan has a knack of simplifying a complex issue and explaining things in a way which is easy to understand. She makes you feel you are important to her, whatever the level of engagement required. Her combination of attributes is rare to find in a top London law firm, and being in her capable hands is always a great relief’.

Bethan Owen is very impressive. Bethan moves the deal forward very well, but she is also a really pleasant person to deal with’.

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Spearheaded by Emma Copestake, the team at Payne Hicks Beach LLP is ‘always supportive and always available to assist’. It is well-placed to handle a broad range of high-end residential property matters for various clients, from international investors to landowners and prime residential property clients. Leveraging the firm’s private client department, it is well-equipped to handle all associated private client matters. The group has considerable expertise in leasehold enfranchisement, lease extensions and collective acquisitions. Copestake has a high profile at the top end of the residential market and is skilled at giving related financing, tax and structuring advice. Andrew Berry and senior associate Hannah Robinson also play a pivotal role in the department.

Practice head(s):

Emma Copestake

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Berry; Hannah Robinson


‘I have worked with Emma Copestake for many years and always appreciate her advice and her judgement’.

‘Emma Copestake – long term relationship, totally understands clients, great at giving advice on all the elements on a deal’.

‘The team are very professional, very efficient, and very knowledgeable. The team are able to respond to the challenges presented, whether time restricted acquisitions or the complexities of the matter’.

‘Property is a key element of Payne Hicks Beach’s practice. It acts for a wide number of extremely rich individuals. The practice has strength in depth: Andrew Berry is highly experienced and first-rate. Emma Copestake is an absolute star’.

‘Emma Copestake is absolutely formidable. She has arguably unparalleled experience, great depth of knowledge of the law in her area, a rigorous intellect, sound common sense and an ability to explain difficult concepts to clients in a comprehensible way’.

‘Emma also has an incredible work ethic, as well as being overall delightful to work with’.

‘PHB are generally well known as being a private client firm that punches above its weight’.

‘I work mainly with Emma Copestake and her team. They have a fantastic stable of HNWI/FO clients who have full trust in Emma. This trust has been built up over decades with some clients following continued service of the highest quality’.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Elaine Dobson heads the team at Taylor Wessing LLP, which has an excellent client base of very wealthy individuals and families. Other key clients include A-list celebrities, high-profile sports personalities and founders of household names in the technology sector. The agile team receives a steady flow of work on iconic, luxury and high-value sites throughout the country. In addition, it has considerable expertise in complex enfranchisement work through Dobson and Rachel George. The group frequently advises UHNW clients on freehold, lease extensions and collective enfranchisement claims for substantial blocks within central London. The practice can also draw on the expertise of its international private wealth team. It also garners praise for its rural property expertise.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Dobson

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Bevan; Rachel George; Luke Callaghan; Tom Stanton


‘What sets this team apart is their unique blend of expertise and dedication, making them an ideal choice for potential clients’.

‘The team’s strengths lie in their deep knowledge of property law and their ability to deliver personalised and efficient solutions. Their commitment to providing outstanding client service is fantastic, ensuring that every client receives the attention and support they deserve‘.

‘Their collaborative culture fosters a seamless experience for clients, as they work closely together to tackle complex cases and find creative solutions’.

‘I am delighted to highlight two exceptional partners at this firm, Elaine Dobson and Lisa Bevan. Their contributions to the practice are truly outstanding and highly commendable’.

‘Elaine Dobson brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the team. Her in-depth knowledge of property law, combined with her sharp analytical skills, allows her to provide invaluable advice and guidance to clients. Elaine’s attention to detail and commitment to delivering results make her an invaluable asset to the practice‘.

‘Lisa Bevan is another exceptional partner. With her strong negotiation skills and strategic thinking, Lisa consistently achieves favourable outcomes for her clients. Her exceptional communication skills and ability to build strong relationships make her a trusted advisor for clients‘.

‘Rachel George excelled with her technical knowledge of the processes and procedure. Rachel was always available and excellent in her communications with her other advisors and multiple clients’.

‘Lisa Bevan was thorough, communicative and has the best interests of her clients always. We have an excellent working relationship with Luke Callaghan and Tom Stanton. Both excellent and very responsive’.

Wedlake Bell LLP

The excellent team at Wedlake Bell LLP had another busy year covering a broad range of matters across the prime and super-prime residential market. Tom Allfree heads the practice, which has celebrity and U/HNW clients. The group can draw on the expertise of its colleagues to assist with complex tax and structuring matters, as well as construction and planning issues. It also garners praise for its strength in property litigation, and is regularly instructed to advise on high-value lease extensions, in addition to individual and collective enfranchisement matters. Nick Stone continues to attract work from very wealthy clients on a whole host of residential conveyancing purchases and sales. Jonathan Achampong is another notable member of the department.

Practice head(s):

Tom Allfree

Other key lawyers:

Nick Stone; Jonathan Achampong; Anna Lewis; Charley Lowe


‘Nick Stone’s work ethic is second to none, and he has instilled this in his team. He is very quick to respond. Nick is pragmatic, commercial, calm and works hard to ensure a swift and successful conclusion for my client’.

‘Jonathan Achampong did very well on a complicated residential acquisition for some overseas clients. He was brilliant’.

‘Exceptional care and attention to detail. Tom Alfree-very commercial and sensible lawyer. Top guy’.

‘A very highly skilled team with leading market knowledge and expertise. The strength in depth of their team is unparalleled in the industry.’

‘Nick Stone, Tom Allfree, Anna Lewis, Jonathan Achampong and Charley Lowe – All fantastic individually’.

‘Their efficiency and accuracy make them an absolute pleasure to deal with. Tom Allfree is an exceptionally good lawyer, he is an absolute pleasure to deal with, always makes time for a call and strikes the balance perfectly between pragmatism and caution with challenging transactions’.

‘Large range of services offered. Charley Lowe – professional, experienced and knowledgeable in her field. Always happy to assist’.

‘The attentiveness to details, the constant communication and the warmth and friendliness at the end of the phone – Jonathan Achampong’.

Withers LLP

Henry Stuart leads a superb team at Withers LLP, which is best known for its advice on all aspects of residential property transactions, which also spans rural and commercial property, as well as associated property litigation. Beyond advising its wealthy clients on the acquisition of property, whether for personal or investment purposes, the team has noticed an increase in instructions relating to the purchase of commercial property to be converted into residential use. Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall focuses on advising landowners and estates on a wide variety of management and succession issues. Pervaze Ahmed is also recommended. Nicholas Vaughan often advises on the acquisition and sale of residential property in prime central London. George Coleman and David Holland were promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Henry Stuart

Other key lawyers:

Pervaze Ahmed; Nicholas Vaughan; George Coleman; David Holland; Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall


‘I have been referring business to Pervaze for years, and he always goes above and beyond for his clients. He is hands down the best property solicitor in London. Always available, takes good care of his clients and is able to deal with complicated sales and provide sound advice. He is always my go-to solicitor’.

‘Pervaze Ahmed and his team at Withers are without doubt the most efficient and professional team I have worked with in nearly 25 years in the property industry. It is their constant ability to react quickly and communicate, as well as they are always reachable, that sets them apart’.

‘Pervaze Ahmed, a consummate professional and is always available to help. The best I have ever dealt with’.

‘Communicative, always available, diligent. Pervaze Ahmed, Nicholas Vaughan’.

‘Extremely proactive, extremely personable and extremely professional. Reactive, responsive and competitive rates‘.

Nicholas Vaughan – responds immediately, available 24/7, lateral thinking to solve problems, pragmatic, calm and very reassuring to clients‘.

‘Reliable, can do attitude. Nothing too much trouble. Swift’. 

‘Henry Stuart, Nick Vaughan, Pervaze Ahmed. All superb’.


Cripps fields an excellent team which services U/HNW individuals on a broad range of issues. It is adept at handling freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, advising on new build warranties, alterations and refurbishments, as well as planning matters. The practice has also developed a solid reputation for its work on enfranchisement. Zainab Dakhil’s clients include established large London estates and wealthy individuals, developers, professional landlords and lenders. Anna Favre specialises in residential landlord and tenant law and leasehold enfranchisement. Amy Jackson and Fiona McIntosh are both well-regarded, while Laura Southgate excels in property dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Zainab Dakhil; Anna Favre; Amy Jackson; Fiona McIntosh

Other key lawyers:

Laura Southgate


‘Zainab Dakhil – Exceptional, hard-working solicitor, regularly available for updates. She has great communication skills and gets things done, which is very reassuring when passing her details onto our clients, family and friends’.

‘The expertise of the team is second to none in the residential property sector. However, they are also all incredibly approachable, good-humoured and always a pleasure to work with’.

‘Laura Southgate for her ability to grasp and analyse complex legal issues and deal with difficult clients. Anna Favre for the experience she brings to cases‘.

Work highlights

  • Won a competitive tender in February 2022 to be sole legal adviser to one of the most elite private developments in London which owns and manages 37 super prime residential apartments serviced by Four Seasons, with sale prices ranging from c.£20m-c.£60m.
  • Advising ultra-high net worth individuals in relation to a complex collective enfranchisement claim on a Prime Central London building with an aggregate value of circa £40m, enabling the acquisition of the freehold and intermediate interests.
  • Acting for a newly-incorporated SPV looking to expand its property portfolio by purchasing 12 apartments within a new complex in London off plan.

Druces LLP

Suzanne Middleton Lindsley heads the department at Druces LLP, which advises on many complex and high-value residential property matters. In addition, Lindsley is experienced in advising on Sharia compliant financing. Parveen Abbas handles all aspects of residential conveyancing, including leasehold and freehold sales and purchases, as well as re-mortgage transactions and the transfer of equities. At senior associate level, Michelle Goodrum receives plaudits for her specialism in complex leasehold enfranchisement matters, as well as for her work on a variety of high-value residential property transactions.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Middleton Lindsley

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Goodrum; Jacqueline D’Arcy; Parveen Abbas


‘I was very impressed by their knowledge, feedback and advice. As a client, I would thoroughly recommend Suzanne Middleton and Michelle Goodrum’.

Professional and knowledgeable team who go the extra mile for clients’.

‘Suzanne Middleton Lindsley is outstanding. She expertly led us through a nightmare of a trust residential property conveyance. Her vast knowledge, calm and firm reasoning and attention to detail are second to none. When you know the job will be tricky, there is no one better to have on your side’.

‘Jackie is reliable and hard-working. Always responds quickly and can see what is important’.

‘It’s their communication and collaboration with myself that makes Druces stand out from the crowd, and I know that my clients are in safe hands once instructed’.

‘Michelle Goodrum in particular is an outstanding asset to Druces’.

‘Michelle has an incredibly proactive approach to deals, is without a doubt an expert in the industry. I know a sale with Druces instructed will be a smooth one’.

Edwin Coe LLP

The ‘very professional and highly regarded’ team at Edwin Coe LLP is led by Rosie McCormick Paice. It advises wealthy individuals on all aspects of residential and rural real estate ownership. The practice frequently provides transactional and financing advice, as well as advising on landlord and tenant matters. The group is also skilled at handling complex leasehold enfranchisement issues. In addition, the department acts both for borrowers and for the lenders (private client banks) on various residential property matters. The group has significant expertise, too, in dealing with the financing of residential property portfolios, landed estates, agricultural land and acquisitions under leasehold reform legislation. Katherine Simpson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rosie McCormick Paice

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Simpson; Alastair Hutchinson; James Davies


‘Highest level of professionalism. Incredible attitude and support. Strongly recommend working with Edwin Coe LLP to any potential client’.

‘Rosie McCormick Paice did everything accurately and professionally. She solved all problems with great patience and supported me every moment. Great memories and many thanks for her work’.

‘Highly professional team. Rosie McCormick Paice was outstanding. Very competent and experienced. A complete delight to work with’.

‘They have breadth of expertise, and I find them very capable in all areas’.

‘Katherine Simpson is an experienced, cerebral and capable solicitor in a wide range of residential property issues. Alastair Hutchinson is a practical and effective conveyancer with depth of experience’. 

‘For me James Davies is extremely professional, brilliant at communicating, friendly and personable. His advice and quality of work is second to none.’

‘Katherine Simpson is an absolute star in the Leasehold Reform field. Combines great charm and humour with a practical and pragmatic approach and with great intellect, fearlessness and professionalism. The perfect person to have on your side’.

Key clients


Harbottle & Lewis LLP

The property group at Harbottle & Lewis LLP acts for wealthy and high profile individuals on sales, purchases (including related mortgage work), as well as leasehold management and enfranchisement matters. Under the leadership of Melanie Benson, the group works closely too with its private capital and tax teams on a range of tax and trust planning matters. Caroline Roberjot is another key figure who specialises in prime and super prime residential property and country estates.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Benson

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Cubacub; Caroline Roberjot


‘Timely, helpful, efficient. Have worked with Sarah Cubacub for over a decade. She is a highly professional, reliable, diligent and always a pleasure to deal with’.

‘A remarkable group of people who always strive for commercial solutions, and you have the sense that there are no such things as problems when these talented lawyers put their minds to work.’

‘Sarah Cubacub – Senior Associate. A partner in waiting! A special talent to communicate complicated advice clearly, enabling me to make informed decisions knowledgeably. You feel in safe hands with Sarah’. 

‘A dynamic firm with a real focus on high profile clients – reputation team is outstanding’.

‘Mel Benson is lovely and great to work with‘.

Work highlights

  • Advised on the purchase of a Grade II listed house in the North of England, which included providing advice on overage issues.
  • Advised on the purchase of a property which had been amalgamated from two separate properties into one single freehold title, advising also on trust documentation for the ownership structure.

Howard Kennedy LLP

The residential property practice at Howard Kennedy LLP typically handles the financing, acquisition, tax structuring, sale, and management of prime residential property. It works on behalf of domestic and international high-net worth clients, their families and other prominent real estate investors. It regularly handles prime real estate transactions in the £15-£50m+ range, supporting buyers both from within the UK and overseas. Amalie Raben-Levetzau is the practice head and is particularly experienced in multijurisdictional transactions.

Practice head(s):

Amalie Raben-Levetzau

Other key lawyers:

Ruby Begum


‘The practice was easy to contact, and it was easy to communicate with the lawyer who was assigned to my case’.

‘Ruby Begum understood my requirements and gave me sound legal advice. She demonstrated a real commitment to achieving a positive and successful outcome to the conveyancing process and overall real estate transaction. She had very good knowledge, understanding, and ability with the legal process’.

‘I’ve worked with Howard Kennedy for fifteen years and keep referring clients to them because they go the extra mile to get the job done and the clients what they were looking for‘.

‘I can get a response to a question I might be wrestling with from Ruby Begum within an hour and she appears never to sleep’.

Macfarlanes LLP

The versatile team at Macfarlanes LLP advises clients on all their residential property needs. This work encompasses advising on the sale, purchase, letting and refurbishment of prime central London homes. The group is also skilled at advising on the sale, purchase, construction, enlargement and restoration of prestigious country estates. It has particular expertise in buying off-plan property, and it frequently assists clients with buying overseas properties. Head of department, Clare Breeze, has extensive experience of working with private clients and family offices investing in the UK and international property markets. Helen Sculthorpe is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Clare Breeze

Other key lawyers:

Helen Simmons; Helen Sculthorpe; Penny Cox


‘Responsive communications. Solution givers and creative anticipation of questions and their answers’.

‘I have found them to be a proactive, upbeat team with very good communication that offer an all round service with putting their clients at the forefront’.

‘I’ve worked with Helen Simmons on a number of transactions, and she has always been efficient, commercial, approachable and a pleasure to work with’.

‘The team draws on a strong cross-section of internal expertise within residential property and delivers on demanding client requirements, well outside the norm and therefore requiring a premium bespoke service’.

‘Helen Sculthorpe has been very helpful. She demonstrated patience and a focus on detail when faced with highly demanding and evolving client instructions over a prolonged period’.

‘Great team’.

‘Penny Cox has been highly effective. Given the nature of the transactions we deal with in the Ultra High Net Worth category, clients expect a prompt and efficient service, and I can rely on Macfarlanes to offer this service, always on hand to speak to a client immediately’.

‘Use plain, easy to understand English, grasp and simplify issues quickly, fast turnaround, no fuss and easy to work with’.


Spearheaded by James Bunker, Vardags advises very wealthy clients on buying, selling and mortgaging prime and super prime residential property in London and the country. It typically works on transactions valued in the tens of millions. In addition, the team regularly advises on property issues in the context of high-value divorce and proceedings. Bunker also excels in advising on other areas such as restructurings and lease management.

Practice head(s):

James Bunker

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Tobin


‘Superb all round experience! Perfect synergy, great communication and always helpful’.

‘James Bunker is simply outstanding, head and shoulders above the rest. He provides an excellent level of service. Swift, transparent and always extremely helpful. Regularly communicating outside of business hours, James is my go-to legal expert’.

‘The people and in particular James Bunker’.

‘James Bunker delivers a consistently high level of advice from start to finish. My self and all clients of mine he has interacted with have been extremely happy to use his services’.

‘James Bunker is always available to provide best in class advice and there is never a moment where he doesn’t have time to speak and troubleshoot any potential issues’.

‘James Bunker and Nicholas Tobin are both very dynamic, respond promptly and show a great degree of flexibility in working outside the normal office hours’.

Bishop & Sewell LLP

The ‘responsive’ team at Bishop & Sewell LLP is variously praised for its ‘professional and attentive service’ and for adopting a ‘calm and pragmatic approach’. Key names to note in the residential property practice, which covers all aspects of residential real estate, are Ossie Swaine and Thom Wilkinson. The skilled team frequently advises on the acquisition of prime and super-prime central London property and country homes. Its landlord and tenant team is headed by Mark Chick.

Practice head(s):

Ossie Swaine; Mark Chick; Thom Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Charles Davidson; Stephen Charnock; Laurent Vaughan; Chris Macartney; Nicole Couzens


‘Our dealings with Mark Chick have always been a pleasure. Mark has extensive knowledge and is able to answer queries very quickly and extensively, and is a pleasure to deal with’.

‘Charlie Davidson is an excellent young lawyer, full of enthusiasm and pragmatism’.

‘I have worked with Stephen Charnock and Mark Chick of Bishop & Sewell for many years. I regard them both as very knowledgeable, particularly in the field of leasehold enfranchisement. They are both experienced, efficient solicitors and a pleasure to deal with on a personal level’.

‘Laurent Vaughan is exceptional, his knowledge on lease extensions and their complexities is exemplary, and my clients have been very impressed by his efficiency and knowledge’.

‘Bishop and Sewell are a highly respected firm when it comes to residential property – particular note should be taken in reference to their work on leasehold enfranchisement, with many of their senior landlord and tenant team being at the very forefront of this area of expertise’.

‘Mark Chick – a leading light for leasehold enfranchisement and landlord and tenant matters. A real authority who provides not just accurate and well considered technical advice, but also excellent at providing clients with commercially prudent advice’.

‘Ossie Swaine is only ever a phone call away. Always available to give friendly legal advice, second opinions and more importantly, his time. Over the years of working with Ossie, I can safely say he has become a good friend, not just to me, but I’m sure with every client that he has acted for. He is professional, diligent and always goes the extra mile’.

‘Ossie Swaine (partner) and his associate Nicole Couzens are both very knowledgeable in their field. They always communicate well and are quick to respond to queries. When dealing with the ‘other side’ they are firm but never aggressive. Very importantly, they were very vigilant about potential pitfalls in the apartment transaction’.

Key clients

Waverley Borough Council

Jordan International Bank

John McKendrick KC

Darren Mckoy (global creative director for Dr. Martens)

Work highlights

  • Working as one of only three of Jordan International Bank’s panel solicitors, the team regularly acts on multiple multi million-pound secured lending. Most recently it has acted on a loan of £1.3m on a property located in Brompton Road.
  • Acting for Waverley Borough Council in a groundbreaking case, claiming the freehold to multiple houses under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967. The properties are held under the terms of a single lease, and prior to serving notices in this case, there was no settled law that a claim to the freehold could proceed in this way.
  • Acting on the purchase of two off plan new build penthouses located in the new prestigious development, Chelsea Powerhouse.

Brecher LLP

‘The Brecher LLP team is diligent and professional, yet friendly and a pleasure to work with’. With Jacqui McCoy at the helm, it is adept at handling all aspects of residential real estate from acquisitions and sales, through to development and funding, both in London and throughout England and Wales. In addition, the team acts for many high-value residential developers in both prime central London and the South East.

Practice head(s):

Jacqui McCoy

Other key lawyers:

Alyson Thornton-Clark; Matilda Everest-Wild; Craig Sherrard


‘Jacqui McCoy and her team have a wealth of experience, deliver a fast turnaround and are clear and accurate in their advice. Jacqui is extremely personable and utterly professional. She is solution orientated’.

‘The Brecher LLP team is diligent and professional, yet friendly and a pleasure to work with’.

‘Alyson is highly professional, thoughtful and, needless to say, very diligent and helpful. Her knowledgeable background made her the most trusted professional in her field’.

Key clients

Amazon Properties plc

Griggs Limited

Heronslea Limited

Clivedale London

Vivant Properties

Concord London

Soho Data Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advising a family in the purchase of a new family home for £25m in Chelsea.
  • Acting for a luxury residential developer in the sale of six apartments to a corporate purchaser with guarantor for just over £24m.
  • Acting for a family in the sale of its family home in central London for £15.5m including a leaseback of part of the property for one year.

Healys LLP

Kiri Kkoshi heads the ‘friendly and professional’ team at Healys LLP. Kkhoshi has developed a solid reputation for her work with a broad range of clients from first-time buyers to high-net-worth individuals, companies, property developers and banks. Nic Tiong heads the Asia Pacific desk and specialises in real estate acquisitions for wealthy clients and property developers from the Asia Pacific region.

Practice head(s):

Kiri Kkoshi

Other key lawyers:

Nic Tiong


‘Efficiency and cohesion of the team, the communication is excellent and the breadth of knowledge of each team member makes them stand out’.

‘They are always available to answer questions. Kiri Kkoshi is extremely knowledgeable and always gives good advice and has a very pragmatic approach to property transactions. She is always willing to impart her knowledge and makes sure her team are working efficiently’.

‘Kiri Koshi is a great individual and a knowledgeable professional’.

‘Kiri Kkoshi is one of the best in the business, she knows everything and has a depth of knowledge. Super helpful and always gets the deal done’.

‘Healy’s have the ability to make every client feel like they are the number 1 priority for the firm. Their team are always willing to go the extra mile for both clients and agents. They give off a family office feel, whilst still operating at the top level’.

‘Kiri Khoshi & Nic Tiong both lead fantastic teams. They are the best in the industry’.

‘Nic Tiong has been amazing in serving all the existing and handling potential clients with an excellent professional manner. His knowledge has been a great asset in providing the solutions for our buyers’.

‘A commercially minded and very hard-working team. Kiri Kkoshi is the best in the business in terms of work ethic and client care. Professional – efficient – transparent and knowledgeable. Super productive and pragmatic’.

Key clients



Kent Reliance

Zephyr Loans



Work highlights

  • Completing an acquisition of two sites for a client with planning potential and fully tenanted flats consisting of 75 units and creating titles.
  • Acted for a client to create leases on a site acquisition purchased with a bridge with dual representation acting for the bridging company and the client, and then refinancing with BTL lenders to repay the bridge.

North Star Law

Under the joint leadership of Benedikte Malling Bech and John Fox, North Star Law is best known for its work on the purchase and sale of high-value residential properties for its wealthy client base. It typically acts for entrepreneurs, sports persons, celebrities, models and other successful business people. Victoria Fletcher is another key figure who is becoming a ‘go to’ person for high-net-worth individuals and c-suite level directors, when buying second properties in the UK or relocating.

Practice head(s):

Benedikte Malling Bech; John Fox

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Fletcher


‘Superb attention to detail. Innovative and exhaustive in solutions to problems. Client focused as well thoroughly professional. Benedikte Malling Bech’.

‘The firm is in my opinion the most flexible of any Practice I have used so far. I can contact any of the employees and have never had an email or message go unanswered for more than a few hours’.

‘Victoria Fletcher and her team are consistently the leading firm I refer to any client, whether it be the vendor or the buyers – she handles both diligently and with the upmost care. One of her leading qualities is that she is relatable and people understand her. This is critical for buyers and agents’.

Work highlights

  • Acting on the £9.5m sale of the family home of a wealthy couple who have relocated abroad.
  • Acting on the acquisition of a £17.25m luxury apartment in central London and given 21 days just before Christmas to exchange. Its client was a non-resident and owned multiple homes abroad, so the team also provided tax, structuring, and financing advice.
  • Assisting a wealthy foreign family with their search and £5m purchase of a family home in the UK, and advised on the legal considerations that arose during their search.


Karen Mayne heads the department at Weightmans LLP, which has a solid reputation in the market for its work on a broad array of high-end residential property matters for owner occupation, as well as for investment and development purposes in the UK. It has particular strength in leasehold enfranchisement. Mayne has a keen interest in the financing of and secured lending on residential property. Clients include landed estates, high-net-worth owners, occupiers, investors and property companies.

Practice head(s):

Karen Mayne