Forsters LLP > London, England > Firm Profile
Forsters LLP Offices
31 HILL STREET
Forsters LLP > The Legal 500 RankingsForsters LLP has an excellent reputation in the market and is led by Henry Cecil, who has a vast array of experience in high-value acquisitions and disposals in the agricultural sector. Its sophisticated client base includes sizeable landed estates, families and trusts, private and commercial investors as well as very wealthy individuals, and institutional and landowner groups. Andrew Lane has a particular emphasis on capital taxation and succession issues for the owners of landed estates. Christopher Findley is increasingly advising on planning and development projects for farmers and landowners. Rupert Mead has a keen focus on the preservation of heritage property and its exemption from tax. Penny Elliott specialises in advising clients with multiple business interests. There have been a number of internal promotions in the practice recently - Polly Montoneri was promoted to the partnership and Robert Keylock is was promoted to counsel.
Other key lawyers:
‘Depth of team, attention to detail and professionalism’.
‘Work to tight deadlines. Can do approach to the job’.
‘Pragmatic, friendly, communicative and knowledgeable. Henry Cecil and Adam Saunby are key names’.
‘Maryam Oghanna and Ashleigh Carr are superstars in the making. Forsters allows its juniors a lot of freedom to run cases, which gives them great strength in depth.’
‘Roberta Harvey is a very experienced litigator in this area. Hannah Mantle recently made partner and has excellent litigation management skills.’
‘It is always a pleasure to work with Forsters. They combine a great partner team with some brilliant associates.’
‘Alison Meek is a redoubtable litigator who is rarely beaten. Maryam Oghanna is an exceptional associate.’
‘They have a strong, personable team which operates at the top of the field. They are extremely capable, personable and responsive. Maryam Oghanna is a real star. Roberta Harvey is extremely friendly, competent and ‘involved’, with a heavy dose of common sense.’
‘Roberta Harvey is liked and respected by both her clients and her competitors. She is a very steady presence in litigation, and is sympathetic and calm, but firm when firmness is required.’
‘Alison Meek has decades of experience as a private client litigator and has developed very sharp instincts for assessing the merits and likely outcome of a case.’
‘Emily Exton. The most emotionally intelligent lawyer I have ever met, and intellectually brilliant. She is so incredibly easy to work with. Roberta Harvey is tenacious, smart and dedicated. A delight to work with when she’s on your side, but a ferocious opponent when she’s not!’
Other key lawyers:
‘The calibre of the partners and associates is very high compared to other firms. They have a broad depth of experience and technical skill which is not always found in other firms. Their staff retention rates seem high too, which helps the client experience’.
‘To me the key point about Forsters is that it is a committed private client firm with a broad range of top level private client practitioners. Xavier is very good and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to clients’.
‘Jeremy Robertson is one of the younger partners and is excellent. extremely approachable, knowledgeable and, importantly, likeable. Guy Abrahams technically excellent , a problem solver and easy to work with’.
‘All in the team are impressive with Patricia Boon, Daniel Uger and Alfred Liu being specifically mentioned for availability (they will really really try to make timings work). All show a maturity and confidence in handling clients (of all shapes and sizes) that belie their age’.
‘Very knowledgeable team, with conservative approach to protect the client in difficult matters. I have worked with Xavier. Technically excellent, good commercial acumen and bedside manner ‘.
‘Rupert Mead is, in my view, the best trust lawyer around. Both he and his team, including Charlotte Evans-Tipping, are extremely knowledgeable whilst also offering pragmatic solutions. They are both team players and a joy to work with jointly for the benefit of our clients’.
‘Personal service and go above and beyond. They are extremely strong on family governance. Nick Jacob and Anthony Thompson are the best in their field’.
‘Patricia Boon – very approachable and pragmatic. Alfred Liu – very hardworking and reliable’.
‘Natasha Rees is been at the forefront of Forsters’ success. She is very knowledgeable in all aspects of property litigation, particularly in relation to leasehold enfranchisement.’
‘Forsters probably have the greatest strength-in-depth of any property firm in the country. They are at the top of their game.’
‘Natasha Rees is focused, determined and super bright.’
‘Jonathan Ross is a person who will not let matters rest until he has found ingenious solutions.’
‘Julia Tobbell is arguably the very best property litigation lawyer in the business.’
‘High levels of capability and diligence, coupled with an ability to empathise with our situation and make genuine recommendations as opposed to simply presenting options.’
‘Ben Barrison is a masterful litigator. He is calm under pressure, excellent with clients, and his thorough and detailed knowledge of property law and litigation is applied expansively and in a considered fashion to the cases he works on. Will Leney has a detail-orientated, sharp and technical legal mind. His assiduous attention to detail and thorough case preparation make him a truly delightful team player.’
‘Anna Mullins is a real star of the property litigation world. She is bright, hardworking, engaging and, above all, effective.’
Fearn and Others (leaseholders of Neo Bankside)
The Ministry of Defence
The Crown Estate
The Phillimore Estate
LaSalle Investment Management and abrdn plc
Menta Regeneration Limited
The Mercers’ Company
Aldford House Freehold Limited
- Secured a win in the Supreme Court for our longstanding clients (various leaseholders at the Neo Bankside Development) in their six-year nuisance claim against the Tate Gallery in relation to their viewing platform.
- Acting for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in a case concerning around 38k properties across England and Wales, known as the Married Quarters Estate used by the MOD to house service personnel and their families, concerning its its statutory enfranchisement rights over the portfolio.
‘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’.
Private client > Family Tier 2Forsters LLP ‘has a stellar reputation as a top-flight firm catering for high-net-worth clients’. It is ably led by Joanne Edwards, who is praised as ‘one of the standout family lawyers of her generation’. The practice excels in high-value and international nuptial agreements, complex cross-border child arrangements, and financial cases. Another core area of expertise lies in court-based litigation for high-profile and high-net-worth clients. Rosie Schumm boasts a busy caseload of complex litigation for families with significant wealth, and Simon Blain has a particular strength in financial cases, which often involve trusts, family businesses, and assets in more than one jurisdiction. Counsel Amanda Sandys is also well regarded, and Dickon Ceadel was recently promoted to the partnership.
Other key lawyers:
‘Joanne Edwards is one of the standout family lawyers of her generation. Her emotional intelligence and compassion for her clients is amazing.’
‘The team at Forsters is a heavyweight within financial remedies work. It has the brain power and resources to navigate the biggest cases with efficiency and success.’
‘Rosie Schumm is excellent. She has excellent knowledge of the law and offers stalwart support to her clients from an emotional perspective as well as a legal one. She is able to give hard advice in a way that allows the client to absorb it and understand it. She is a joy to work with.’
‘Simon Blain and Dickon Ceadel deserve special mention. Simon is my go-to recommended solicitor for friends and family. He is extremely clever, always fully on top of the law and sees tactical issues arising well before anyone else. Dickon has top client care skills as well as brilliant legal knowledge.’
‘Dickon Ceadel has just deservedly been made a partner. He is very smooth and has built a brilliant practice. Clients love him and he will go very, very far. He is calm whilst also being assertive and confident which instils a fantastic sense of security for the client.’
‘Guy Mawson is excellent. He is extremely efficient and gets lots done whilst appearing cool and calm. He gives good and clear advice to his clients. Tim Evans is a star.’
‘Rosie Schumm is the ultimate family lawyer. She is creative and a force to be reckoned with. She is fearless in representing her clients but remains pragmatic and sensible. Anna Ferster is dynamic and client focused. She really cares and works hard to get the best result.’
‘The stand out individuals in the family team at Forsters are Joanne Edwards, Dickon Ceadel and Amanda Sandys. All are extremely well regarded in the profession for their ability and for being personable.’
‘A really knowledgeable and experienced team with great links within the sector. They offer proactive, practical advice and are a pleasure to work with’.
‘Catherine Hill shines in the sector being an extremely good technical lawyer with a practical approach. She has fantastic client skills with a loyal following from existing clients and is consistently regarded as a leader in the field’.
‘Filippo Petteni. Highly professional, extremely approachable, available and always happy to assist with a smile’.
‘Laura Neal is a rising star. She is already extremely well-regarded by clients and has excellent technical knowledge, confidence and experience’.
‘Forsters combines high quality work with a group of people who are a pleasure to work with. When you meet the team, they are noticeably happy working with each other’.
‘Catherine Hill, Rupert Mead, Guy Abrahams are approachable, dedicated and embody the mixture of quality and good working relationships mentioned above. Jo Thompson is committed to marketing the art practice and does a great job.’
‘The Forsters team are incredibly ‘user friendly’ and have great expertise and experience in the art and cultural property sector’.
Neasa Coen; Fiona Smith
‘Forsters is my go-to firm for private client matters. In this case, I required some discrete advice. Forsters’ charities expert, Neasa Coen, rapidly appreciated the issue and proposed a solution which the trustees were content to adopt’.
‘Neasa Coen excelled in the advice she gave and her communications with all parties concerned, notably the Charities Commission’.
‘Very good private client support, both tactically and strategically’.
‘Proactive. Easy to collaborate with’.
‘Neasa Coen is very switched on to the important legal and commercial challenges faced by the charities sector. Particularly her knowledge around impact and sustainable investment. She is incredibly bright and friendly, and always willing to have a conversation’.
‘Clear communication in outlining the associated challenges and risk within the transaction.’
‘The team provided a solution-based approach for a challenging/multifaceted transaction. The team were able to pull in the right resources when required which ultimately provided the best possible solution for us.’
‘Very extensive knowledge, with a wide team to support on all aspects of matters.’
‘Forsters are very responsive with very impressive turnaround timeframes. We have utmost confidence in the advice they provide.’
‘Both Owen Spencer and Glenn Dunn kept us up to date and appraised of all matters to conclude our business.’
‘Owen Spencer is meticulous and has the ability to convey complex legal matters in a very simple way.’
‘Owen Spencer was my day-to-day lead on the project and was available 24/7. He was patient in explaining the pathways and interactions across the multiple stakeholders involved.’
‘Owen Spencer is a great problem solver and has a lot of experience acting for corporate occupiers and film studios. He brings commercial nous and technical skills to a deal.’
Warner Bros. Discovery
Gulf International Bank (UK)
Left Bank Pictures
The Financial Conduct Authority
- Acting on Forsters’ own office relocation, consolidating its three existing Mayfair buildings into a single 50,000 square foot site at 22 Baker Street, London W1.
- Advising Warner Bros. Discovery on the significant expansion of their film studios at Leavesden to increase the number of sound stages by 50% as well as providing larger backlots.
- Acted for a FTSE listed private equity advisory business in relation to their HQ relocation within London.
Other key lawyers:
Craig Thompson; Dearbhla Quigley; Christine Dubignon; Alastair Laing; Naomi Trinh
‘They understand big deals and little deals and the client’s needs going into them. They have a good price point for billing, adjusting to meet the deal numbers. A very good experience from a knowledge of the industry and efficiency of service.’
‘Dearbhla Quigley is truly phenomenal. She is practical, down to earth, with a deep understanding of sophisticated deals and financial instruments. The value proposition on fees is profound – we will use them any day, all day.’
‘The team is always commercially thinking along and helps to finding solutions to complex situations or dilemmas.’
- Advised Artfarm Group (owned by private clients Iwan and Manuela Wirth) to acquire the Groucho Club in Soho.
- Advised Tungsten Properties, (a property development company) which is a long-standing client of our top ranked Commercial Real Estate practice, on its high-value joint venture with BC Partners, a leading alternative investment manager.
- Advised Campari Group, the international drinks business, on its investment in a brand incubator (Catalyst Spirits) to create and develop a series of new alcoholic beverage products in the market.
‘Ben Walton and Caroline Harbord are hard-working, robust, committed and creative. I hold them in the highest possible regard.’
‘The team combines the intellectual heft of a Magic or Silver Circle firm with the savvy and personal touch of an elite Mayfair firm. From partners to trainees, the team is packed with first-rate lawyers.’
‘An excellent and responsive team led by Ben Walton. They focus on the key pressure points.’
‘A nimble, expert commercial litigation outfit. High quality litigation at reasonable costs.’
‘Forsters have an outstanding all-round team – they are commercially savvy, fearless in fighting their client’s corner and have superb capabilities for a firm of their size.’
‘The team at Forsters is hugely practical and goal-driven. They are business-orientated and full of energy and new ideas.’
‘Forsters is a very good choice if you want a strong ‘can do’ ethic.’
‘Excellent legal ability and organisation. Strong teamwork. Excellent preparation and communication. This all leads to a clear and informed experience.’
Clarence Court Eggs
Thames Valley Eggs
Other key lawyers:
Emily Holdstock; Daniel Easom
‘The team is approachable and highly professional. They are pragmatic and are willing to provide reasoned opinion where others might not.’
‘They are excellent advisors. Sarah Cook continues to be highly impressive and leads a very strong team. This year, Daniel Easom has provided very robust support and advice and is also very approachable.’
‘The team provide an excellent service dealing with construction contracts and professional appointments and collateral warranties. Advice is sensible, pragmatic and delivered in a timely manner. Service is good from Trainee level up to Associate and Partner.’
‘Sarah Cook is an outstanding partner. Her advice is delivered with humour and enthusiasm. She is a pleasure to deal with.’
Knight Dragon Developments Limited
British Airways Pension Fund
LaSalle Investment Management
Aberdeen Standard Investments
The Crown Estate
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Fiera Real Estate UK
The Mercers’ Company
Real estate > Planning Tier 4Forsters LLP’s ‘strong planning team’ advises clients on large-scale urban development and regeneration projects. Practice head Victoria Du Croz leads the team in carving out an area of expertise advising film studios, including Warner Bros. The firm has also seen an increase of work within the residential sector, in particular the living and retirement care arenas. Matthew Evans offers advice to clients across the commercial, retail, and hotel industries, from developers to local planning authorities.
Victoria Du Croz
Other key lawyers:
Matthew Evans; Alice Gordon-Finlayson; Georgina Reeves; Sophie Smith; Ella Jones
‘The team is collaborative, approachable, gives advice in plain English to ensure clients understand, and takes a pragmatic approach.’
‘Always sound knowledge on up-to-date legislation and thinking on the front foot.’
‘Always offer a personable service and happy to discuss anything in detail.’
‘You receive a service where thought has been given to your client’s need. A strong planning team with a wide range of knowledge and specialism that is keen to find solutions for planning issues.’
‘Matthew Evans responds to queries quickly and with clarity and goes beyond the requests of client’s needs.’
‘The planning team takes a robust yet pragmatic approach to legal matters. A pleasure to deal with them.’
‘Victoria Du Croz and Alice Gordon-Finlayson continually strive to do the best for the client.’
Mount Anvil and Newlon Housing Trust joint venture
British Airways Pension Fund
HG Construction Group
Danescroft (PCDF IV Swindon) LLP
Peel Logistics Partnerships Limited
Notting Hill Genesis
Montgomery’s Wharf LLP
Citystyle Fairview VQ LLP
British Airways Pension Fund
London George Unit Trust
Hondo Enterprises Ltd.
McDonald’s Restaurants Limited
- Assisted Knight Dragon with securing planning permission for a new masterplan regarding an additional 1,750 new homes with 50% provided as affordable housing.
- Advising the Mount Anvil and Newlon Housing Trust joint venture on all planning matters relating to the extensive estate regeneration of the Barnsbury Estate in Islington.
- Advised Warner Bros on securing planning permission for the significant expansion of their film studios at Leavesden.
Other key lawyers:
Anne O’Neill; Jonathan Preece; Nichola Padget; Charlotte Youngs
‘There is good co-ordination between the Forsters team and less duplication of work, which is more time and cost effective.’
‘Sara Branch is a standout Forsters employee. She is incredibly knowledgeable and retains information well. She will provide straight-forward advice for complex situations and is very responsive amd hard working.’
‘Pro-activity, commercial acumen, and client-focused approach. Always on our side.’
‘The commercial real estate team really know us, our business, our relationship with funders and the regulatory environment we operate in. The in-depth knowledge and collaborative working style makes the Forster’s team unique for me.’
‘This is a results-focused team with a steely determination to get the best deal for their client.’
‘Sara Branch is an outstanding real estate lawyer supported by an excellent team, including Jonathan Preece, who is always a pleasure to work with. I am confident I have the best team I could have to deliver my objectives.’
Notting Hill Genesis
Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association
Hastoe Housing Association
Springboard Two Housing Association Limited
Soho Housing Association Limited
Newlon Housing Trust
Gallions 2A Developments LLP
Gallions 2B Development LLP
Chobham Farm North LLP
Project Light Development 1 Limited
Armada 1 South Development LLP
TLD Kidbrooke LLP
Spray Street Quarter LLP
‘A strong partner-led team with a tenacious mentality. Good linkage with other disciplines such as construction and real estate law to provide a 360 degree service’
‘Forsters have a large team of well-trained partners, associates and junior staff. There’s a great level of exposure given to junior staff, which enables them to reduce costs and improve training whilst not jeopardising service level. They are experts in their field and collaborate across all aspects of real estate to provide great service.’
‘The team are personable, explain complex terms and protocol in laypersons’ terms, and are highly visible and responsive.’
‘The team is like one big family, which I believe is everything in a law firm of this size.’
Art Farm Group Limited
OakNorth Bank plc
Notting Hill Genesis
Savills Investment Management
J.P. Morgan International Bank Limited
Secure Trust Bank
- Advising Artfarm Group to acquire the world-famous Groucho Club.
- Advised Pluto Finance on over £200 million worth of real estate finance transactions over the last year, predominantly in respect of residential development funding, including build to rent and student accommodation schemes.
Forsters LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: Forsters is a leading London law firm based in Mayfair which delivers exceptional legal advice to clients principally drawn from the real estate and private wealth sectors. Taking a joined-up approach we seek out solutions that embrace the unique needs of each individual or company. We believe our engaged, approachable manner combined with the delivery of concise, clear and commercially-led advice is what helps us develop long-term client relationships. Forsters has 69 partners, 250 fee-earners and over 180 support staff. The firm has an incredibly strong reputation in its chosen markets; Real Estate and Private Wealth.
Areas of work undertaken: Forsters is widely recognised by commentators, clients and the wider market as one of the leading real estate and private client law firms in London. Our service is crafted to meet the needs of each client whatever their matter or transaction. We frequently advise real estate funds, property companies, high net worth individuals, investors, property companies, developers, family offices and entrepreneurs. We explain complex legal issues clearly and look for the best solution for each client by providing advice which is practical, commercial, and always discrete.
The firm is structured around four core areas:
Real estate: Real estate, in all of its various forms, sits at the heart of the Forsters business – it is the sector on which the firm was founded and is our largest practice area. With over 100 lawyers specialising solely in real estate, we are well positioned to guide our clients through every situation whether it be an acquisition, disposal, development or property dispute. We work with our clients, ranging from real estate funds to overseas investors across all sectors including commercial property, residential, hotels, retail, industrial and landed estates.
Private wealth: Our expert private client and wealth management lawyers provide advice on all aspects of wealth planning to a range of clients including; individuals, trustees, family offices and private banks. Our clients are both domestic and international. We have a strong reputation in the US, Asia, The Middle East and other global wealth centres. Our partner-led approach combined with our ability to find practical solutions is what matters to clients. Our advice is tailored to meet our clients’ objectives – that might be tax efficiency, asset protection or succession planning.
Dispute resolution: With a team of bright and highly experienced lawyers, Forsters’ dispute resolution team consistently achieves commercial and practical results for its clients. Applying a tactical and discreet approach, we recognise how important it can be to protect the reputation of our clients. Working with corporate and individual clients, the team has the expertise to deal with every type of dispute.
Corporate: With a strong sector focus, the corporate team regularly works with real estate companies, family offices and individuals. Additionally the group has a growing reputation as one of the leading hotel advisory firms. Our approach is pragmatic and commercial. We adapt to each transaction, with in depth experience on a wide-range of matters, from M&A, to finance and tax.
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|Landed Estates||Henry Cecilemail@example.com|
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|Divorce and Family||Joanne Edwardsemail@example.com|
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|Property Litigation||Ben Barrisonemail@example.com|
|Planning||Victoria Du Crozfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Banking and finance||Victoria Edwardsemail@example.com|
|Hotels and Leisure||Ben Brayfordfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 69 Number of other UK fee-earners : 250
- Private client > Agriculture and estates
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Real estate > Residential property
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Private client > Family
- Private client > Art and cultural property
- Private client > Charities and not-for-profit
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Real estate > Planning