Hall Of Fame

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’.  

Residential property in London

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Saskia Arthur

Autres avocats clés:

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

Les références

‘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’.

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Laura Conduit; Annabel Dean

Autres avocats clés:

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

Les références

‘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’.

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lucy Barber

Autres avocats clés:

Charles Miéville; Robert Barham; Helen Marsh

Les références

‘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.’

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.

Autres avocats clés:

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

Les références

‘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’.

Principaux 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

Principaux dossiers

  • 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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sarah Conway

Autres avocats clés:

Edward Burton; Mary Campbell

Les références

‘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’.

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Liffen

Autres avocats clés:

Sonal Thakrar; Dee Aylward

Les références

‘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’.

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Hema Anand

Autres avocats clés:

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

Les références

‘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’.

Principaux dossiers

  • 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.

Responsables de la pratique:

William Marriott; Thomas Moran

Autres avocats clés:

Tristram van Lawick

Les références

‘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!’.

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Helen Curtis-Goulding

Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Conibeere; Claudia Carter

Les références

‘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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bethan Owen

Autres avocats clés:

Vanessa Rhodes

Les références

‘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’.

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emma Copestake

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Berry; Hannah Robinson

Les références

‘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’.

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Elaine Dobson

Autres avocats clés:

Lisa Bevan; Rachel George; Luke Callaghan; Tom Stanton

Les références

‘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’.

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tom Allfree

Autres avocats clés:

Nick Stone; Jonathan Achampong; Anna Lewis; Charley Lowe

Les références

‘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’.

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Henry Stuart

Autres avocats clés:

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

Les références

‘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’.


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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Zainab Dakhil; Anna Favre; Amy Jackson; Fiona McIntosh

Autres avocats clés:

Laura Southgate

Les références

‘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‘.

Principaux dossiers

  • 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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Suzanne Middleton Lindsley

Autres avocats clés:

Michelle Goodrum; Jacqueline D’Arcy; Parveen Abbas

Les références

‘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’.

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rosie McCormick Paice

Autres avocats clés:

Katherine Simpson; Alastair Hutchinson; James Davies

Les références

‘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’.

Principaux 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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Melanie Benson

Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Cubacub; Caroline Roberjot

Les références

‘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’. 

Principaux dossiers

  • 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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Amalie Raben-Levetzau

Autres avocats clés:

Ruby Begum

Les références

‘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‘.

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Clare Breeze

Autres avocats clés:

Helen Simmons; Helen Sculthorpe; Penny Cox

Les références

‘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’.


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.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Bunker

Autres avocats clés:

Nicholas Tobin

Les références

‘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’.

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ossie Swaine; Mark Chick; Thom Wilkinson

Autres avocats clés:

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

Les références

‘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’.

Principaux clients

Waverley Borough Council

Jordan International Bank

John McKendrick KC

Darren Mckoy (global creative director for Dr. Martens)

Principaux dossiers

  • 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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jacqui McCoy

Autres avocats clés:

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

Les références

‘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’.

Principaux clients

Amazon Properties plc

Griggs Limited

Heronslea Limited

Clivedale London

Vivant Properties

Concord London

Soho Data Holdings

Principaux dossiers

  • 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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kiri Kkoshi

Autres avocats clés:

Nic Tiong

Les références

‘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’.

Principaux clients



Kent Reliance

Zephyr Loans



Principaux dossiers

  • 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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Benedikte Malling Bech; John Fox

Autres avocats clés:

Victoria Fletcher

Les références

‘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’.

Principaux dossiers

  • 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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Karen Mayne