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Mishcon de Reya LLP

Work Department

Residential Property


James is a Partner and Head of Mishcon de Reya’s Residential Property team specialising in residential conveyancing. He is experienced in dealing with complex deals involving shared ownership, auction sales, portfolio purchases, tenancy and planning issues. That said, his comprehensive background means that he is an expert in handling straightforward sale transactions and purchase and refinancing transactions.  James also has a lot of experience working with lenders on joint venture schemes and completing high value loans on residential properties.

James’ clients are predominantly high net worth individuals. For this reason he often deals with other Private client teams across the firm such Tax and Family, as well as Corporate.

James actively engages with the media and has featured on BBC Radio 2 as a result of his expertise. Highly regarded among his peers, Chambers UK notes James as “an integral piece of the jigsaw” in their High Net Worth Guide 2018. He was also recognised by Spear’s as Top Six Property Lawyers as part of their Property Advisors Index 2019.


Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Assistant Solicitor, Seddons
Assistant Solicitor, Jennings Son & Ash
Trainee Solicitor, Jennings Son & Ash


College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course York University, History BA (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Residential property

(Leading individuals)

James LiffenMishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP has substantial experience of working with UNHW individuals from around the globe. Its diverse client base also includes sophisticated and start up developers, investors, banks, corporates in addition to onshore and offshore investment funds. Head of department is James Liffen who is highly regarded for his work on a range of complex deals involving shared ownership, auction sales, portfolio purchases as well as tenancy and planning issues. Sonal Thakrar advises on all aspects of UK residential property and secured lending to banks. Thakrar has built up a dynamic client base ranging from overseas investors to trustees, investment companies, trading companies, banks and HNW individuals. Simon Chadowitz is also skilled at handling a wide range of high-value commercial and residential real estate. Sarah Conibeere is now at Fladgate LLP.