Property Advisers

Top Five London Buying

NATHALIE HIRST

NATHALIE HIRST

‘Easily the most active buying agent in prime central London by a mile — frantically busy and the best,’ a peer says of Nathalie Hirst. As such, 2016 was busy for Hirst, who has recently bought three homes on Egerton… Read More

GUY MEACOCK

PRIME PURCHASE

Consistently highly-ranked 2017 Spear’s award nominee Guy Meacock has remained upbeat throughout the recent market turmoil to affect prime central London. And rightly so — the Prime Purchase director and former London head knows his stuff. Looking back, he says… Read More

ROARIE SCARISBRICK

PROPERTY VISION

A ‘despondent’ first half of the year drove Roarie Scarisbrick to take the summer off. Fortunately, he returned to a stack of enquiries from keen international buyers. ‘There was a sense that the market had been corrected enough to make… Read More

ALEX STROUD

ALEX STROUD PROPERTY CONSULTANTS

‘I know the buildings where the lifts don’t work, and the tube runs underneath,’ says Alex Stroud. ‘There are certain streets where you want to be on a particular side for better sunlight. I’ve been doing this so many years… Read More

ED TRYON

LICHFIELDS

A 10,000 sq ft flat in One Hyde Park, London’s biggest rental deal last year, and the whole top floor of 20 Grosvenor Square (all 8,000sq ft of it) bought for ‘something north of £50 million’ were among the stand-out… Read More

Top Recommended London Buying

CAMILLA DELL

BLACK BRICK

Despite a tough market, Black Brick had a standout year in 2016-17. Purchases of houses costing £55 million and £37 million contributed to a total of £129 million of property acquired for Black Brick’s clients in that financial year, compared… Read More

NAOMI HEATON

LONDON CENTRAL PORTFOLIO

Naomi Heaton founded LCP in 1990, making it one of the first firms to target the ‘alternative, safe-haven’ asset class of prime residential property in London. LCP has focused on helping investors buy individual units or buildings containing one- and… Read More

LOUISE HEWLETT

LOUISE HEWLETT PROPERTY CONSULTANTS

One of the best known and most highly regarded agents in London, Louise Hewlett is respected for her discretion as well as her highly tuned negotiating skills and enviable contact book. ‘I never openly talk about my clients’ business, and… Read More

CHARLES MCDOWELL

CHARLES MCDOWELL PROPERTIES

For Charles McDowell 2017 has been a ‘curate’s egg — good in parts’. ‘We have been fighting on a number of fronts but have still had some good deals in spite of current concerns,’ says McDowell, whose firm both buys… Read More

ROBERT BAILEY

ROBERT BAILEY PROPERTY

Robert Bailey founded his own buying agency in 2005 after a long spell at international property heavyweight Knight Frank, where he was head of its private office for ten years and founded its dedicated buying arm, The Buying Solution. He’s… Read More

RICHARD & SOPHIE ROGERSON

RFR PROPERTY

‘As good as it gets in terms of advising private clients’, notes one private client lawyer about RFR. The firm has certainly consolidated its position as a leading property advisory firm in London. Over the last 12 months, the firm… Read More

Recommended London Buying

HUGH BEST

LONDON CENTRAL PORTFOLIO

A market leader for more than two decades, LCP concentrates exclusively in the Private Rented Sector (or ‘PRS’), approaching residential property as what it calls a ‘commercial asset class’ — ‘the only’ company to provide a wholly integrated property service… Read More

YOUSSEF DAOUD

ONE POINT SIX

Youssef Daoud, the development manager at The Collection’s partner venture, One Point Six, started his career in architecture before moving over to the more ‘dynamic and exciting’ speciality of luxury residential interiors and development, which he felt was a better… Read More

JAMES DAVIES

GLP FINE PROPERTIES

James Davies of GLP Fine Properties brings vast expertise and a unique set of skills to his work, having spent over a decade as a Development Director at Hamptons International and then moving on to become a Director at Sellar… Read More

CASPAR HARVARD-WALLS

BLACK BRICK

‘We have been extremely busy across all sectors of the residential market,’ Caspar Harvard-Walls says of 2017. The adviser has seen an uptick in transactions, having bought properties in more than 20 different postcodes, with a £37 million Kensington home… Read More

CHRIS JONES

WARNERHEATH LIMITED

Chris Jones is a lover of challenges. The founder of the Richmondbased property buying firm, who has over 20 years’ experience in the industry, sees new opportunities emerge from the uncertainty in the London market. ‘It’s helped to strengthen the… Read More

TRACY KELLETT

UK

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

GIULIANA LA PERA DAVIES

GLP FINE PROPERTIES

Most private client advisers who say they land into their respective industries by accident don’t mean it in a literal sense, but Giuliana La Pera Davies is different. The Sicilian first arrived in London in 1996 as an aspiring contemporary… Read More

PETER MACKIE

PROPERTY VISION

‘It was a good year for our London business, and now there is a renewed focus on buying more traditional country houses given the arbitrage between London and the country,’ says Peter Mackie, co-founder of the independent partnership Property Vision…. Read More

CAROLINE TAKLA

THE COLLECTION LLP

‘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’,… Read More

Top Five London Selling

TREVOR ABRAHMSOHN

GLENTREE INTERNATIONAL

Trevor Abrahmsohn is the founder and CEO of Glentree International, which sells some of the most important residential landmark properties in London to discerning global buyers. Established in 1976, the company was the forerunner of modern residential estate agency. The… Read More

GARY HERSHAM

BEAUCHAMP ESTATES

While the past year has been demoralising for many, Gary Hersham’s ‘omnipresence’ has presided over the property world according to one contemporary. The former reality TV star, whose larger-than-life persona a peer has described as ‘pathologically persistent’, was the recent… Read More

JONATHAN HEWLETT

SAVILLS

Jonathan Hewlett, Savills’ head of London residential, has seen in 2017 ‘a second year of the most volatile trading markets’ in his 30 years’ experience — but that didn’t stop him selling the second most expensive home that year, a… Read More

ALAN RUSSELL

RUSSELL SIMPSON

‘I worked for an agency with a shop-front for three and a half years,’ says Alan Russell. ‘I found it was probably as awkward for the agent as it was for the buyer. To walk into a room and announce… Read More

PETER WETHERELL

WETHERELL

When his profile was written last year, Peter Wetherell was on a roll. Asked how long his reign at the top of Mayfair property would continue, his reply showed the eagerness of a man faced with many years of school… Read More

Top Recommended London Selling

NOEL FLINT

KNIGHT FRANK

The mood in London is positive, says Noel Flint, Knight Frank’s head of London residential — a relief after a ‘challenging’ year that saw a 37 per cent decrease in volume of transactions following the stamp duty rises and uncertainty… Read More

JAKE RUSSELL

RUSSELL SIMPSON

As capital growth over the years has facilitated property values reaching stratospheric levels, estate agency has become more akin to asset management or wealth management, says sales director Jake Russell, son and protégé of property legend Alan Russell, who founded… Read More

ROSS WARD

PEREDS

Ross Ward recalls pestering Pereds’ founder Perry Press — who can claim The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin among his clients — for a job at the pioneering property consultancy Pereds. Perry was the go-to guy in the 60s… Read More

GEOFF WILFORD

WILFORDS

Geoff Wilford says the former chancellor’s tax hike is proving more ‘restrictive’ the higher up the market one goes. ‘Buyers would rather stay where they are and dig up a basement or extend sideways than pay a million’s worth of… Read More

Recommended London Selling

JAMES BAILEY

HENRY & JAMES

‘Now is the time to invest in Prime Central London’, is the view of James Bailey, Chief Executive of Henry & James. ‘After a period of uncertainty, buyers are returning to the market. A combination of factors is contributing to… Read More

ANDY BUCHANAN

JOHN D WOOD

The venerable Andy 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,… Read More

DANIEL DAGGERS

KNIGHT FRANK

Daniel Daggers, Knight Frank’s super prime team head in London, has managed the sale of over $2.5 billion of property since his career began in 1997: including ‘some of the most expensive assets sold in the UK in the last… Read More

RUPERT DES FORGES

KNIGHT FRANK

Rupert des Forges is a veritable property guru with an ‘encyclopaedic’ knowledge of Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Chelsea (not to mention ‘a broad perspective of the wider prime central London market and the new homes in these locations’). The proprietary partner… Read More

SHAUN DRUMMOND

HARRODS ESTATES

‘Omnia Omnibus Ubique’ runs the Harrods motto. Nowhere has this been more true than in Shaun Drummond’s work in the central London property market, overseeing four offices in Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Kensington, and Mayfair. The breadth of his coverage gives him… Read More

BECKY FATEMI

ROKSTONE

In tough times, Becky Fatemi’s rule is to push harder. In what some would consider a weaker market, Rokstone has excelled and done better than ever before — proof that hard work, tenacity in sales and going that extra mile… Read More

JAMES MCMANUS

WETHERELL

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most powerful. This is why James McManus is so keen to extol the virtues of his three Ps: Pricing, Patience, and People. Pricing correctly is the first pillar, where nothing is more important than… Read More

RORY PENN

VANHAN

To the casual observer, recent trends in the London ultra-prime property market have led to a drought of deals. Enter Rory Penn, a man who runs marathons across deserts for fun. If ever there were a man to find value… Read More

MARK POLLACK

ASTON CHASE

Founded in 1985 by Pollack and Richard Bernstone, Aston Chase is widely recognised as the leading independent residential agency operating in central and north west London. Their traditional strongholds are Marylebone, Regent’s Park, St John’s Wood, Little Venice, Primrose Hill,… Read More

WELLBELOVE QUESTED

At the heart of the Belgravia based independent consultancy sits a talented and charming trio: Andrew Quested and Grant Wellbelove, with over 60 years’ ‘unparalleled knowledge, passion and experience’ in Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Chelsea, and Grace Musson who uses… Read More

SAMI ROBERTSON

KNIGHT FRANK

Knight Frank’s Kensington office head Sami Robertson acts on prime central London property sales from £800,000 to £250,000,000 — over £1 billion worth since he joined Knight Frank 13 years ago. He’s also the company’s UKSingapore ambassador, a role which… Read More

HARVEY SONING

JAMES ANDREW INTERNATIONAL

Harvey Soning has experience that is matched by very few in the real estate world, having lived and breathed the industry for over 58 years. Property was a popular career choice for youth post-war as property was slowly ‘re-emerging after… Read More

THOMAS VAN STRAUBENZEE

VANHAN

When thinking about properties which are centuries old, and will hopefully become centuries older, it is easy to get stuck in the past. However, Thomas van Straubenzee is absolutely focused on preventing his company VanHan from making the same mistake…. Read More

Top Ten Country

JONATHAN HARINGTON

HARINGTONS

‘I have seen every market, but never one like 2016 before,’ says Jonathan Harington, who has over 42 years’ experience. The further rise in stamp duty has left the high-end country market in an ‘absolute shambles’, he says: ‘The politicians… Read More

EDWARD HEATON

HEATON & PARTNERS

‘We are increasingly noticing that clients do not want a buying agent affiliated with one of the selling agents, for obvious reasons,’ says Ed Heaton. ‘That’s becoming a major issue for a lot of people.’ A respected country operator with… Read More

CRISPIN HOLBOROW

SAVILLS PRIVATE OFFICE

‘I’ll never oversell, and I’ll never tell anyone that something is what it isn’t,’ says Crispin Holborow, the farm and country estates expert and Savills veteran of 30 years. ‘It’s important to think about every deal as a long-term relationship,’… Read More

CLIVE HOPKINS

KNIGHT FRANK

Knight Frank boasts more than a century in rural property — and steadfast country hand Clive Hopkins has seen over a quarter of it from within. Hailed as ‘terrific’ and ‘seriously good’ by experts, he heads its farms and estates… Read More

TOM HUDSON

MIDDLETON ADVISORS

Since Tom Hudson co-founded Middleton in 2008, its client base has continued to expand thanks to its five-point mantra: focus, independence, trust, diligence and knowledge. ‘It’s a way of encapsulating how we’re different to other people,’ he says. ‘For me… Read More

ANDREW MACPHERSON

CKD KENNEDY MACPHERSON

‘If you’re in the market to buy a £30-£40 million estate you actually don’t get much of a choice,’ says Andrew Macpherson. ‘There [has been] a very limited number of opportunities over [the past] five years to buy.’ While there… Read More

MARK MCANDREW

STRUTT & PARKER

‘I’ve got the best job in the world — I have seen houses which the world would never see, lots and lots of them,’ Mark McAndrew says. From a property with art worth more than the entire estate, to rare… Read More

JESSICA SIMPSON

JESS SIMPSON PROPERTY SEARCH

Jessica Simpson led more than £110 million-worth of acquisitions (including £70 million in solo deals) in 2016, and says she had ‘tripled the turnover’ of Strutt & Parker’s independent buying consultancy before setting up her own consultancy business, Jess Simpson… Read More

RUPERT SWEETING

KNIGHT FRANK

If you were looking to sell a house in the country, chances are someone would recommend you speak to Rupert Sweeting. Knight Frank’s country head has been living and breathing the countryside for his entire adult life, having joined from… Read More

CHARLIE WELLS

PRIME PURCHASE

‘The last few months have been interesting,’ says Charlie Wells, MD at Prime Purchase. He has 24 years in farms and estates under his belt, covering everything from commercial farmland to sporting estates and large country houses. Clients are seeking… Read More

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NIGEL BISHOP

RECOCO

‘Recoco is a boutique business with a highly experienced and qualified team who pride themselves in having the patience to help busy people through the maze of finding and buying property,’ says Nigel Bishop, who has been in the property… Read More

JONATHAN BRAMWELL

THE BUYING SOLUTION

Jonathan Bramwell is a force to be reckoned with in the country house market. Having co-founded Savills’ independent buying service, Prime Purchase, he was headhunted by Knight Frank and is now head of their buying consultancy, The Buying Solution. His… Read More

ALEX LAWSON

SAVILLS

Alex Lawson, head of Savills’ national farms and estates team, specialises in the sale of the very best rural property throughout the UK. Despite the changing political and economic landscape, he has seen a significant number of highly successful transactions… Read More

Top Recommended Global

MARK HARVEY

KNIGHT FRANK

International UHNWs looking to buy or sell property in Europe would do well to start with some advice from Mark Harvey. The experienced adviser is responsible for the European sales business at the international property juggernaut Knight Frank, managing its… Read More

HARRY LANGTON

LANGTON WATZDORF

Partners Harry Langton and Alex Watzdorf met when the former was at Aylesford’s, the property juggernaut founded by his father, Andrew Langton. ‘He had the client and I had the house and we did a £43.5 million deal,’ says Langton,… Read More

PENNY MOSGROVE

QUINTESSENTIALLY ESTATES

Soft services may be all the rage these days — not least among property firms looking to boost their bottom lines in a bruising market. But few can claim to offer Quintessentially’s list of can-dos. ‘When dealing with extremely high-net-worth… Read More

HUGO THISTLETHWAYTE

SAVILLS

Owner of one of the most enviable contacts books in global property, Hugo Thistlethwayte feels the pulse of the world’s wealth. As head of Savills’ international residential department, the frequent flyer offers the ‘best in class’ to the firm’s wealthiest… Read More

Recommended Global

AURéLIEN COLLIGNON

FORE PARTNERSHIP

For Aurélien Collignon, associate director at the co-investing platform FORE Partnership, the past few years have been focused on sourcing property deals for HNW clients and ‘creating value through innovative asset management,’ he says. The real estate investment specialist caters… Read More

BASIL DEMEROUTIS

FORE PARTNERSHIP

With a background in Aerospace Engineering, Basil Demeroutis has ‘always been exceptionally curious about how things work — I love to take things apart and see if I can make them better.’ It is this that drew him to real… Read More

DAVID FORBES

SAVILLS PRIVATE OFFICE

Few feel the pulse of global wealth like David Forbes, a man who possesses perhaps the most enviable contacts book in property (having over 600 offices with 30,000 people in 60-plus countries at your fingertips helps). London remains an attractive… Read More

Top Five Property Managers

RUPERT COLLINGWOOD

LONDON MANAGEMENT COMPANY

‘It started with me on a motorbike with a toolbox on the back,’ says former estate agent Rupert Collingwood, who founded London Management Company after a bad experience of his own. ‘In 2009 I rented a flat, which was being… Read More

ANDREW FORRESTER

SAVILLS

‘Savills’ USP is the breadth of services we offer,’ says Andrew Forrester, who joined in 2012 from Cluttons, where he was head of residential management and consultancy for many years. The team deals with everything from day-to-day management and leasehold… Read More

DEAN MAIN

RHODIUM

Working exclusively with new builds brings its own challenges — it means you have to stay on top of changing tastes among UHNWs. As Rhodium founder Dean Main says, ‘you’re not only putting in the usual media rooms facility, spa… Read More

JESSICA PARKINSON

QUINTESSENTIALLY ESTATES

‘We leave no stone unturned — that’s Quintessentially’s motto,’ says head of property Jessica Parkinson. Her team go the distance, from gathering HNWs’ favourite flowers to stocking up their pieds-à-terre with ‘a huge shopping list of food and cosmetics’. She… Read More

BILL SHIPTON

BOLD & REEVES

Bold & Reeves belongs to a select club of boutique firms that were created when the founder tired of trying to find another company to offer the services he required — in this case, a management firm that looks after… Read More