Property Advisers

Top Five London Selling

TREVOR ABRAHMSOHN

GLENTREE INTERNATIONAL

A property veteran of four decades, Abrahamson counts the world’s wealthiest as clients — Lakshmi Mittal, Simon Cowell and Ringo Starr among them. His firm enjoys a virtual monopoly on ‘Billionaires’ Row’, Bishops Avenue in East Finchley, where asking prices… Read More

RUPERT DES FORGES

KNIGHT FRANK

It has been an exciting year for Knight Frank’s Knightsbridge-based property guru, having exchanged on over 80 per cent of the transactions agreed before the EU referendum. The result ‘got a lot of people off the fence’, he says, and… Read More

GARY HERSHAM

BEAUCHAMP ESTATES

Hersham boasts about transactions worth £559 million in 2015, the flagship being a single Mayfair property sold for £85 million. More thrilling to Hersham is his new transatlantic partnership with ultra-prime agent Leslie J Garfield in New York. The collaboration… Read More

JONATHAN HEWLETT

SAVILLS

A heavyweight who remains ‘available 24/7’, according to colleagues, Hewlett heads up Savills’ property juggernaut in London. He has over 30 years’ experience in the prime central market and it shows, having been involved in transactions worth well over £100… Read More

PETER WETHERELL

WETHERELL

Wetherell tells Spear’s he’s been busy battling the ‘2Vs Value and Volume’, saying value is staying but the volume of transactions is now down by 50 per cent from the ‘good old days of 2013’. That’s why, if you’re dealing… Read More

Top Five London Buying

ROBERT BAILEY

ROBERT BAILEY PROPERTY

Bailey saw a ‘bigger batch of really good clients’ last year. He says the feedback from a lot of selling agents is that ‘we seem to have more ready, willing and able buying clients than the majority of our competitors,… Read More

CAMILLA DELL

BLACK BRICK

2016 was a triumph for Dell, the force behind Black Brick, as she had recently concluded a £55 million transaction for a Middle East client, in what she calls ‘one of the toughest markets I’ve ever encountered’: ‘It’s going to… Read More

NATHALIE HIRST

NATHALIE HIRST

‘For most agents, the first half was really, really dire — and for me it was really, really good,’ says Hirst, Spear’s previous Property Adviser of the Year. Perhaps it’s no surprise she saw a ‘huge’ number of ‘very large’… Read More

GUY MEACOCK

PRIME PURCHASE

The head of Prime Purchase’s London team has just had his best year ever, smashing previous in-house records with over £100 million worth of property bought, a remarkable achievement. He also continues to develop the Prime Purchase service offering in… Read More

ROARIE SCARISBRICK

PROPERTY VISION

Scarisbrick can tell you which pubs empty their bottle bins at 4am and will happily scale the South Bank Tower in a builder’s hoist, so little will keep him from securing the best deal. Last year was no barrier: ‘Conditions… Read More

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RICHARD AND SOPHIE ROGERSON

RFR

‘None of us came into this to be brokers,’ says Richard, ‘I want to be trusted by the client.’ Such selfless sentiment is unsurprising given the husband and wife team were both formerly partners at law firm Macfarlanes, something credited… Read More

RICK DENTON

LONDON CENTRAL PORTFOLIO

Denton’s 30 years of experience in financial services, combined with a thorough understanding of the lucrative world of prime central London property, gives the clients of Naomi Heaton’s LCP a formidable offering. Qualified in banking, investment management and as a… Read More

CASPAR HARVARD-WALLS

BLACK BRICK

After successfully transacting over £100 million worth of sales at Foxtons’ South Kensington office, Harvard-Walls wanted to feel the buzz of the buying side instead, as he ‘always wanted to develop longer term relationships with clients’. He says 2016 was… Read More

NAOMI HEATON

LONDON CENTRAL PORTFOLIO

Heaton’s career initially began in advertising where she rose to become the youngest female director at Saatchi & Saatchi before making the step into property. However, her role is not that of a typical property buyer helping clients acquire their… Read More

TRACY KELLETT

BDI HOME FINDERS

Kellett’s sharp wit (and good humour) helps her see right through the players in the marketplace. She feels that vendors, developers and builders have become cannier with properties to capture buyers. ‘I think most of the things you see are gimmicks… Read More

PETER MACKIE

PROPERTY VISION

One of the most experienced operators in the market, Mackie co-founded Property Vision with Charlie Ellingworth in 1984. Together they are credited with creating the buying agent industry, and continue to run its most prominent collective. ‘We’re by far the… Read More

CHARLES MCDOWELL

MCDOWELL PROPERTIES

The combined efforts of the taxman and a global slowdown haven’t prevented McDowell from having one of his best years, acquiring properties worth £25 million-plus in Belgravia and Holland Park. ‘These properties are getting much scarcer and people are getting… Read More

MATT SMITH

THE COLLECTION

Smith cannot switch off from his fascination with property transactions and designs, so much so that he spends his spare time watching Grand Designs and Restoration Man, much to his wife’s chagrin, he says. Smith has over thirteen years’ experience… Read More

ALEX STROUD

ALEX STROUD PROPERTY CONSULTANTS

‘I have pulled the rabbit out of a hat on twenty-odd occasions, having bought really well for clients… that’s what I do, I suppose,’ says Stroud, who has bought more than 80 properties since he founded his one-man establishment in… Read More

CAROLINE TAKLA

THE COLLECTION

There is a ‘genuine disconnect’ between sellers’ pricing and buyers’ valuation of a property, Takla says, the effect of which is intensified by post-Brexit uncertainty and George Osborne’s ‘toxic’ tax changes. But for the Egyptian-born with ‘an incredibly strong client… Read More

Top Recommended London Selling

JAMES BAILEY

HENRY & JAMES

‘Now is the time to invest in prime central London. After a short period of uncertainty, buyers are returning to the property market. A combination of factors is contributing to this positive sentiment from low interest rates to increased political… Read More

ANDY BUCHANAN

JOHN D WOOD

The venerable Buchanan appreciates a challenge: ‘Last year was horrendous, sheer hell’. It didn’t faze the elder statesman, who has become so synonymous with his area that he’s known in the press as ‘Mr Chelsea’. During his 43 years there… Read More

RICHARD CUTT

KNIGHT FRANK

Cutt has property in his blood, having grown up with his family property business and having tried a hand in a variety of work experience jobs in the residential and commercial landscapes. And he has always wanted to work for… Read More

BECKY FATEMI

ROKSTONE

In tough times, Becky Fatemi’s rule is to push even harder: ‘In what someone would consider a weaker market, we’ve actually excelled and done better than we’ve ever done before, which is proof that hard work and tenacity in sales… Read More

PETER JENKINS

CRAYSON

‘I love that we’re nestled away in the heart of Notting Hill, in a beautiful mews. It’s that discrete approach that our clients love about Crayson,’ Jenkins explains. ‘My role is one of arbitrage; working for either the buyer or… Read More

HARVEY SONING

JAMES ANDREW INTERNATIONAL

The stately Soning has refreshing candour and experience that is matched by very few in the real estate world, having lived and breathed the industry for over 57 years. Soning’s career was a popular choice for youth post-war as property… Read More

GEOFF WILFORD

WILFORDS

‘Prime central London is timeless— people will always want to live here,’ maintains Geoff Wilford. ‘It’s definitely a tough market — there’s so many estate agents in central London competing for what appears to be an ever-smaller number of transactions… Read More

Top Recommended Country Agents

NIGEL BISHOP

RECOCO PROPERTY SEARCH

Nigel Bishop makes rare deals happen in the South-West, from finding hidden moors to helping a couple to secure adjacent properties — an uncommon phenomenon in the countryside. ‘The chances of finding two suitable properties that are next door to… Read More

JONATHAN BRAMWELL

THE BUYING SOLUTION

Cotswolds-born Bramwell is a force to be reckoned with in the Oxfordshire region. Having founded Savills’ independent buying service, Prime Purchase,  he was headhunted by Knight Frank to head up a similar buying consultancy at the Buying Solution’s country division…. Read More

JONATHAN HARINGTON

HARINGTONS UK

When asked about his USP, Harington replies: ‘Old age. It is age and experience, no one comes close to us on that in terms of our knowledge and background.’ He adds: ‘I’ve been a buying agent since 1986. I don’t know anybody that’s been in the business as long… Read More

EDWARD HEATON

HEATON AND PARTNERS

We are noticing increasingly now, buyers do not want a buying agent affiliated with one of the selling agents — for obvious reasons,’ maintains Ed Heaton. ‘That’s becoming a major issue for a lot of people, and rightly so.’ A… Read More

CRISPIN HOLBOROW

SAVILLS

Capitalising on the recovery of ‘über-end’ lifestyle purchases in the amenities estates sector, Holborow and his team achieved some chunky off-market sales in the last year, strengthening their position at the front of the HNW country market. Overall they completed… Read More

CLIVE HOPKINS

KNIGHT FRANK

Now an international juggernaut, Knight Frank boasts more than a century’s history selling rural property — and Hopkins, a steadfast country hand, has seen over a quarter of it from the inside. But 2016 has been a nebulous year for… Read More

TOM HUDSON

MIDDLETON ADVISERS

Dubbed by one industry peer as ‘the most proactive buyer in Hampshire’, Tom Hudson has just had one of his busiest years yet. In particular, he has received more enquiries on properties inthe £3 million region — a new area… Read More

ALEX LAWSON

SAVILLS

The head of Savills’ national farms and estates office is disheartened for not replicating the 40,000-acre sale for £249 million on behalf of Co-operative Group last year, but he admits that such an opportunity might not arrive even decades later…. Read More

ANDREW MACPHERSON

CKD KENNEDY MACPHERSON

Based in the Cotswolds, CKD Kennedy Macpherson’s founder is well known for selling prime agricultural and sporting estates throughout the country, and hasrecently been involved in a significant number of private transactions involving grouse moors. This comes as no surprise… Read More

RUPERT SWEETING

KNIGHT FRANK

The EU referendum brought transactions to a standstill in most of Q1 and Q2, and Sweeting is relieved that the Brexit panic is finally waning: ‘Everyone is looking forward to going forward… Now they’re just getting on with it, really!’… Read More

CHARLIE WELLS

PRIME PURCHASE

Last year was a big one for Prime Purchase — a ‘top three’ year out of the firm’s fourteen- year history — and for Wells personally, who has just wrapped up his first year as the firm’s managing director. The… Read More

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BILL SHIPTON

BOLD & REEVES

Started four years ago by Bill Shipton after he tired of finding an exacting and professional property management firm to look after seven London properties owned by a Saudi family office, Bold and Reeves was born with the mantra that… Read More

Rising Stars

TOBY ANDERDON

SAVILLS

Toby Anderdon identifies three golden qualitie she associates with success in the property world. ‘In London it’s all about being personable, energetic and also very professional at the same time,’ he says. ‘If you can combine those three values simultaneously,… Read More

JAMES HOLROYD

PROPERTY VISION

‘He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of his market and I challenge anybody to beat him on London street names or values,’ says an industry peer, explaining why Holroyd is a genuine rising star. Having done nineteen transactions in the £1-4… Read More

MARCUS O’BRIEN

CHESTERTONS

O’Brien’s enthusiasm is infectious, and so is his frustration with some of the speculation about Knightsbridge’s performance. ‘I read a comment recently saying that Knightsbridge is going to be the place to bag a bargain this year, but I wholeheartedly… Read More

RORY PENN

VANHAN

2015, VanHan’s third year, saw successful transactions worth up to £40 million, resulting in a total sale amount of over £100 million in prime central London. Last year, the transactions had doubled, with three £50 million properties sold and exchanged… Read More

JAKE RUSSELL

RUSSELL SIMPSON

Russell is the prodigy (and son) of the esteemed Alan Russell, the man who founded the company 37 years ago. He had initially flirted with the idea of entering the art world, but something drew him into property, where he has… Read More

THOMAS VAN STRAUBENZEE

VANHAN

Transactions have doubled in 2016 from last year, van Straubenzee says, having sold three properties in the over £50 million bracket in prime central. ‘It’s our busiest year,’ he enthuses. With the aim to set up a ‘high-end property family… Read More

JAMES WATTS

PRIME PURCHASE

Another individual who possesses what colleagues describe as an ‘encyclopaedic knowledge’ of London postcodes, Watts is often out and about on his Vespa searching for the next hot area in London for buyers. Described by one client as ‘completely charming… Read More