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Withers’ landed estates co-head Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall is an expert in the acquisition and sale of estates, country residences, farmland and grouse moors, both for portfolios and first-time buyers. While agricultural subsidies face an uncertain future, affecting the investment appetite of a certain profile of buyer, the fundamentals that make land an attractive asset class (and the UK an attractive destination for investment) remain: ‘In the last recession we were fantastically busy — £350 million of land deals in 12 months from 2011 to 2012 — and so we are expecting to be busy again if there is economic uncertainty,’ says Hoskyns-Abrahall. ‘I think we will see country houses coming back to fore after several years.’

Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall