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Forsters LLP
22 Baker Street

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

The large team at Forsters 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.

Practice head(s):

Henry Cecil


‘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’.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

‘The main strength of the practice’ at Forsters LLP ‘is the quality of the individuals who work in it. Those individuals are intelligent and focussed, have good judgment and know how to look after their clients and keep them abreast of developments in their case’. Led by Roberta Harvey, it has a strong track record of acting in the most high-value, complex and multijurisdictional disputes. Harvey has an excellent reputation for her work with high-net-worth individuals, family offices, trustees, protectors, executors and beneficiaries on a wide spectrum of contentious trusts and estate matters. Consultant Alison Meek accepts instructions from professional trustees and trust companies (both onshore and offshore), executors and beneficiaries. The practice garners praise for ‘combining a great partner team with some brilliant associates'. Emily Exton is highly recommended along with senior associate, Maryam Oghanna. Hannah Mantle was also recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Roberta Harvey

Other key lawyers:


‘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!’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Forsters LLP understands the importance of top quality client service. They deliver consistently high standard work on time and within budget’. Xavier Nicholas heads the department that is praised for its ‘personal and exceptional levels of service’. It continues to be a ‘go-to’ firm for multi-dimensional matters involving billions of pounds of assets. The group acts for wealthy clients, including major entrepreneurs, international and multi-generational families, billionaires, family offices, trustees of significant cross-border estates, in addition to well-known artists and authors. Nicholas Jacob is recommended for his sophisticated private wealth planning advice and for his work on all aspects of international family governance. Anthony Thompson is one of the leading advisers to Middle Eastern UHNW clients. Guy Abrahams is another highly impressive private client lawyer. Patricia Boon works with high-net-worth individuals within and outside the UK. Alfred Liu is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Nicholas

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Thompson; Nicholas Jacob; Patricia Boon; Andrew Lane; Kelly Noel-Smith; Jo Thompson; Carole Cook; Guy Abrahams; Jeremy Robertson; Daniel Ugur; Alfred Liu; Rupert Mead; Charlotte Evans-Tipping; James Brockhurst; Catherine Hill


‘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’.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

The property litigation team at Forsters LLP has recently acted on a series of complex market-leading matters before the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The team handles a diverse range of commercial and residential disputes, particularly those regarding developments, service charge disputes and dilapidation claims. Practice head and ‘masterful litigator’ Ben Barrison has particular expertise in rights of light matters, as well as development disputes and property insolvency issues. ‘Very knowledgeable’ senior partner Natasha Rees is an expert in residential disputes and enfranchisement. Jonathan Ross, who is noted for his ability to find ‘ingenious solutions’, is experienced in property-related professional negligence claims, whilst the 'bright, hardworking and engaging' Anna Mullins handles residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

Ben Barrison

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Rees; Jonathan Ross; Anna Mullins; Julia Tobbell; Will Leney


‘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.’

Key clients

Fearn and Others (leaseholders of Neo Bankside)

The Ministry of Defence

The Crown Estate

The Phillimore Estate


Consolidated Developments

Knight Dragon

LaSalle Investment Management and abrdn plc

Menta Regeneration Limited

The Mercers’ Company

Wrenbridge Land

Aldford House Freehold Limited

Work highlights

  • 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.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 1

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:


‘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 2

Forsters 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.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Rosie Schumm; Simon Blain; Dickon Ceadel; Amanda Sandys; Tim Evans; Guy Mawson; Anna Ferster


‘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.’

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 3

Under the leadership of Catherine Hill, the art and cultural property group at Forsters LLP has a wealth of experience in acting for collectors, artists, galleries, auction houses and the owners of historic houses on a broad range of issues. It continues to be busy advising on various significant sales and acquisitions of heritage art, and the group also garners praise for its work on an array of complex contentious art and cultural property matters. Rupert Mead has considerable expertise in advising on the taxation of heritage property, and Guy Abrahams has extensive knowledge of how to structure the acquisitions and disposals of art by individuals, trustees and companies in a tax efficient way.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Hill

Other key lawyers:

Rupert Mead; Guy Abrahams; Laura Neal; Jo Thompson; Filippo Petteni


‘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’.

Key clients


Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Forsters LLP fields an experienced team, which receives a steady stream of instructions from grant makers, operating charities and organisations in the public sector; other key clients include commercial clients and philanthropists. It has specialist US/UK law expertise to assist individuals and companies with structuring charities and bequests. The group is also known for its work with wealthy individuals advising on the establishment of charities and making donations. Neasa Coen has a solid reputation in the market for her work on social impact investments. Fiona Smith is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

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’.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

With ‘extensive knowledge’, Forsters LLP draws upon support of the firm’s construction, corporate and planning teams to advise an assortment of significant financial services, media, and retail occupiers. Head of the department Glenn Dunn is proficient in business real estate requirements, including corporate headquarters relocations and lease portfolio management. Sarah Cook leads the construction practice, Lorna Dolan is noted for her capabilities in HQ transactions, while the ‘meticulous’ Owen Spencer is also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Dunn

Other key lawyers:


‘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.’

Key clients


Sony Pictures

Warner Bros. Discovery

McDonald’s Restaurants

RELX Group

Publicis Groupe


Warner Music

Fujitsu Services

Future plc

Gulf International Bank (UK)

Telstra Corporation

Roxor Gaming

Left Bank Pictures

The Financial Conduct Authority

Evolution Markets

Work highlights

  • 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.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 4

Well-regarded for its ability find ‘solutions to complex situations or dilemmas’, the corporate team at Forsters LLP advises clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, technology, biotech, real estate, employment and leisure. The practice is headed up by Stuart Hatcher, who possesses the capabilities to advise across the full range of domestic and international corporate law issues, including M&A, venture capital, private equity and other shareholder investments.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Hatcher

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.’

Work highlights

  • 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.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Forsters LLP's dispute resolution practice routinely handles major commercial disputes, including high-value, international, multi-party actions; and is praised for 'combining the intellectual heft of a magic or silver circle firm with the savvy and personal touch of an elite Mayfair firm'. The 'tight-knit and determined team' is led by Benedict Walton, whose practice encompasses cases concerning breaches of contractual terms, breaches of directors’ duties, shareholder disputes, negligence, fraud, investment disputes, and group actions; he and fellow partner Caroline Harbord are described as 'hard-working, robust, committed and creative'. Andrew Head has a track record of work on international disputes, finance cases, class action claims and professional negligence; while Bryan Shacklady is an experienced counsel.

Practice head(s):

Benedict Walton


‘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.’

Key clients

Clarence Court Eggs

Keyforce Trustees


Greybull Capital

Stonegate Farmers

Thames Valley Eggs

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 4

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 4

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Forsters LLP, specialising in UK-focused real estate developments, is noted for its involvement in sectors such as industrials and logistics, hotels, leisure, high-end residential facilities, and film studios. Head of construction, Sarah Cook, brings expertise in drafting tailored building contracts and handling construction documentation across all sectors. Emily Holdstock adds comprehensive experience with various procurement methods and contract forms to the department.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Cook

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.’

Key clients

Warner Bros.

Knight Dragon Developments Limited

British Airways Pension Fund

LaSalle Investment Management

Aberdeen Standard Investments

The Crown Estate

Reignwood Group

Mayfair Capital


Sony Pictures Entertainment

Fiera Real Estate UK

Wrenbridge Land

Wrenbridge Sport

The Mercers’ Company

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

Forsters 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.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Key clients

Knight Dragon

Mount Anvil and Newlon Housing Trust joint venture

Warner Bros.

British Airways Pension Fund

HG Construction Group

Danescroft (PCDF IV Swindon) LLP

Peel Logistics Partnerships Limited

Notting Hill Genesis

Consolidated Developments

Montgomery’s Wharf LLP

Aitch Group

Citystyle Fairview VQ LLP

British Airways Pension Fund

London George Unit Trust

Hondo Enterprises Ltd.

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Work highlights

  • 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.

Real estate > Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 5

The social housing practice at Forsters LLP, led by sector expert Sara Branch, is a one-stop shop for registered providers, developers, and contractors. The team handles acquisitions, financing, and joint ventures, as well as significant transactions, such as housing association mergers. Jonathan Preece represents registered providers on housing stock transfers, which is a growing area in the sector. Anne O’Neill's practice ranges from the acquisition of street properties to structured developments and joint venture arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Sara Branch

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.’

Key clients

Notting Hill Genesis

Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association

Preferred Homes

Knight Dragon

Hastoe Housing Association

Springboard Two Housing Association Limited

Soho Housing Association Limited

Newlon Housing Trust

Mount Anvil

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

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Forsters LLP group is led by Victoria Edwards, who is the go-to figure for lenders and borrowers in connection with residential property investment and development finance. In the commercial property realm, Edwards advises on funding for care homes, student accommodation and hotels.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Edwards


‘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.’

Key clients

Art Farm Group Limited

Pluto Finance

OakNorth Bank plc

Knight Dragon

Notting Hill Genesis

Rothschild Bank

Savills Investment Management

J.P. Morgan International Bank Limited

Mumbles Group

Secure Trust Bank


Work highlights

  • 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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Natasha Rees
Managing Partner Emily Exton
Commercial Real Estate Andrew Crabbie
Private Client Xavier Nicholas
Landed Estates Henry Cecil
Residential Property Lucy Barber
Divorce and Family Joanne Edwards
Charities Neasa Coen
Dispute Resolution Benedict Walton
Corporate Stuart Hatcher
Property Litigation Ben Barrison
Tax Elizabeth Small
Planning Victoria Du Croz
Construction Sarah Cook
Banking and finance Victoria Edwards
Hotels and Leisure Ben Brayford
Commercial Litigation Benedict Walton
Contentious Trusts and Estates Roberta Harvey
Photo Name Position Profile
Guy Abrahams photo Guy Abrahams Partner
Michael Armstrong photo Michael Armstrong Counsel
Lucy Barber photo Lucy Barber Partner and Head of Residential Property
Robert Barham photo Robert Barham Partner
Ben Barrison photo Ben Barrison Partner and Head of Property Litigation
Joe Beeston photo Joe Beeston Partner
Simon Blain photo Simon Blain Partner
Patricia Boon photo Patricia Boon Partner
Sara Branch photo Sara Branch Partner
Ben Brayford photo Ben Brayford Partner and Head of Hotels
James Brockhurst photo James Brockhurst Partner
Jade Capper photo Jade Capper Partner
Dickon Ceadel photo Dickon Ceadel Partner
Henry Cecil photo Henry Cecil Partner
Neasa Coen photo Neasa Coen Counsel
Simon Collins photo Simon Collins Partner
Carole Cook photo Carole Cook Partner
Sarah Cook photo Sarah Cook Partner and Head of Construction
Heather Corben photo Heather Corben Partner
Andrew Crabbie photo Andrew Crabbie Partner and Head of Commercial Real Estate
Andrew Denye photo Andrew Denye Partner and Head of Retail
Victoria Du Croz photo Victoria Du Croz Partner and Head of Planning
Christine Dubignon photo Christine Dubignon Partner
Glenn Dunn photo Glenn Dunn Partner
Victoria Edwards photo Victoria Edwards Partner and Head of Banking and Finance
Smita Edwards photo Smita Edwards Partner
Joanne Edwards photo Joanne Edwards Partner and Head of Family
Katherine Ekers photo Katherine Ekers Partner
Penny Elliott photo Penny Elliott Consultant
Matthew Evans photo Matthew Evans Counsel
Emily Exton photo Emily Exton Managing Partner
Christopher Findley photo Christopher Findley Consultant
Amy France photo Amy France Partner, Head of Later Living
Howard Gill photo Howard Gill Partner
Emma Gillies photo Emma Gillies Partner
Anthony Goodmaker photo Anthony Goodmaker Partner
Caroline Harbord photo Caroline Harbord Partner
Roberta Harvey photo Roberta Harvey Partner and Head of Contentious Trusts & Estates
Magnus Hassett photo Magnus Hassett Partner and Co-Head of Industrials & Logistics
Stuart Hatcher photo Stuart Hatcher Partner and Head of Corporate
Andrew Head photo Andrew Head Partner
Catherine Hill photo Catherine Hill Partner and Head of Art & Cultural Property
Emily Holdstock photo Emily Holdstock Partner
Nick Jacob photo Nick Jacob Partner
Alastair Laing photo Alastair Laing Partner
Andrew Lane photo Andrew Lane Partner
Ronan Ledwidge photo Ronan Ledwidge Partner and Head of Student Accommodation
Helen Marsh photo Helen Marsh Partner
Rowena Marshall photo Rowena Marshall Partner
Rupert Mead photo Rupert Mead Partner
Alison Meek photo Alison Meek Consultant
Charles Miéville photo Charles Miéville Partner
George Mitchell photo George Mitchell Partner
Polly Montoneri photo Polly Montoneri Partner
Anna Mullins photo Anna Mullins Partner
Xavier Nicholas photo Xavier Nicholas Partner and Head of Private Client
Kelly Noel-Smith photo Kelly Noel-Smith Partner
Anne O'Neill photo Anne O'Neill Consultant
Nichola Padget photo Nichola Padget Counsel
Andrew Parker photo Andrew Parker Partner and Head of Building Safety
Filippo Petteni photo Filippo Petteni Consultant
Jonathan Preece photo Jonathan Preece Counsel
Dearbhla Quigley photo Dearbhla Quigley Partner
Julia Ramsden Gunduz photo Julia Ramsden Gunduz Counsel
Natasha Rees photo Natasha Rees Senior Partner
Jeremy Robertson photo Jeremy Robertson Partner
David Robinson photo David Robinson Consultant
Jonathan Ross photo Jonathan Ross Consultant
Amanda Sandys photo Amanda Sandys Counsel
Rosie Schumm photo Rosie Schumm Partner
Peter Selwyn photo Peter Selwyn Partner
Bryan Shacklady photo Bryan Shacklady Counsel
Elizabeth Small photo Elizabeth Small Partner
Fiona Smith photo Fiona Smith Partner
Fiona Stone photo Fiona Stone Consultant
Helen Streeton photo Helen Streeton Partner and Head of Built To Rent
Craig Thompson photo Craig Thompson Partner
Julia Tobbell photo Julia Tobbell Partner
Victoria Towers photo Victoria Towers Partner and Co-Head of Industrials & Logistics
Naomi Trinh photo Naomi Trinh Partner
Daniel Ugur photo Daniel Ugur Partner
Benedict Walton photo Benedict Walton Partner and Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution
Number of UK partners : 69
Number of other UK fee-earners : 250