‘Brexit was the catalyst that the London property market needed — it invited a reason for people to look at London again,’ Caroline Takla, The Collection’s founder says. The effect of the pound drop ‘circumvented the higher rate of SDLT’, which brought in more business than ever for Takla’s firm. Although there existed an initial reluctance from vendors who were still ‘mentally in the 2014 pre-Brexit and pre-SDLT’ era’, pricing has been adjusted to more ‘acceptable levels’. Takla is proud of the firm’s growth since its inception in 2009. After working for some of London’s top agencies since 2002, the fluent Arabic speaker established the agency to fill in a niche in the sophisticated buying market. She has led acquisitions worth over £750 million for HNWs from 41 countries, including royalty, many highly successful business leaders, Forbes-listed billionaires and Bollywood stars. The company’s profile has grown in a discreet but acclaimed way — this year it has been selected as one of only 14 businesses to participate in the prestigious Parliamentary Review (Finance Edition), and has recently launched its development arm. The Collection is currently managing development of over £25 million of residential property. Not content with this, Takla launched a development company earlier this year. One Point Six caters for private clients as well as investors who want to maximise the value of their asset but need the knowhow to do it.