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Richard Stapylton-Smith

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Payne Hicks Beach

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Richard is a specialist commercial real estate lawyer with over 30 years' experience.  He acts for a wide range of clients from investors, developers, charities and property funders on acquisitions, disposals, funding and project management work, with particular focus on development projects.  He also acts on landlord and tenant work for both landlords and tenants including a variety of corporate occupiers acting on associated property management.  Richard's breadth of knowledge and experience in the sector and, in particular, in development work enables him to adopt a pragmatic and commercial approach in delivering projects for his clients. 

Quite separately, with a French background, Richard also advises French and other foreign nationals on their residential and commercial property acquisitions in the UK which normally involve complex tax structured schemes.  Richard is the firm's French desk partner and is a member of the French Chamber of Commerce.


Qualified 1985, joined Payne Hicks Beach 1998, partner 1998; Member of the French Chamber of Commerce.




Tonbridge School 1973 - 1978
Leicester University 1979 - 1982
Law School Guildford 1983


Skiing, sailing, golfing, wine producing, gardening and playing bridge.

London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

When it comes to private client instructions, Payne Hicks Beach¬†is ‚Äėperhaps the very best firm in the market‚Äô. In the context of real estate, this expertise is reflected in high-value investment and development work carried out for family offices, high-net-worth individuals and landed estates. Department head Andrew Berry¬†is advising a group of European investors on the development of a West London property portfolio, and is also assisting a Eurasian billionaire with various acquisitions and refurbishments in London. On the investment and management side, Richard Stapylton-Smith¬†assisted an estate client with the disposal of a large residential scheme, and Justin Dunlop¬†advised an investment company on its acquisition of multiple floors of a Central London premises. The team has also handled strategic sales and acquisitions in the hotel sector. Solicitor Antonia Cosby¬†joined from Forsters LLP.

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Residential property

Within: Residential property

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

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