Valerie Brecher, joint senior partner of the growing property practice, Brecher, has almost 100 staff and more than 38 years’ experience in prime commercial and residential real estate, advising developers, HNW investors, banks and lenders. They also act on the contentious side, ‘if it all goes horribly wrong’, says Brecher. The daughter of legendary property lawyer David Brecher, she is a first-rate contact and troubleshooter on any large-scale project — she’s even transacted an ex-US Air Force base. She has a particular speciality with shopping centres, but is just as comfortable advising purchasers on Regent’s Park mansions, including one ‘marvellous’ address, she confides. ‘It will be the second largest residence in London.’ Like brother and co-senior partner Andrew, she has an enviable contacts book rich with high-flyers in the real estate, financial, family office and HNW investor arenas, increasingly focused on the ‘edges’ of London and further afield. She is a trusted adviser to several Sunday Times Rich List entrants, and regularly introduces clients to opportunities: debt funding, equity and joint venture partners around the world. She is known for giving strong advice. ‘You have to put your head on the block as a solicitor… You can’t be equivocal,’ she says. Clients are unequivocal, too: ‘Their advice is unfailingly commercial and accurate,’ says one.