Property Advisers

Spears 2019

TREVOR ABRAHMSOHN

GLENTREE

A property veteran of four decades, Glentree founder Trevor Abrahmsohn counts the world’s wealthiest as previous clients – Lakshmi Mittal, Simon Cowell and Ringo Starr among them. His firm enjoys a virtual monopoly on ‘Billionaires’ Row’, Bishops Avenue in East… Read More

DAVID ADAMS

HUMBERTS

‘A lot of people selling at the moment are circumstance-driven, and I enjoy doing the utmost to help,’ says David Adams, director of Humberts’ Mayfair office. Adams is increasingly selling beyond central London, such as in Henley, Ascot and Southampton…. Read More

PAUL AGNEW

MCIFA PROPERTY FINANCE

Paul Agnew, senior consultant at MCIFA, joined the firm 11 years ago. After a stint in the pension advice arena, he found property finance more dynamic: ‘I like the emotional transaction element of it,’ he enthuses. Agnew is most proud… Read More

TOM ALLFREE

WEDLAKE BELL

Since joining Wedlake Bell in 1999 and becoming partner in 2009, Tom Allfree has developed a wide client base in both commercial and residential property transactions. He now leads the residential property team, which comprises three partners and 13 lawyers,… Read More

SASKIA ARTHUR

BOODLE HATFIELD

‘We have experienced an exceptionally busy year characterised by a diverse breadth of work and many significant complex and high-value London and rural estate acquisitions,’ says Saskia Arthur, head of Boodle Hatfield’s residential practice. ‘The activity level has been helped… Read More

HANNAH AYKROYD

AYKROYD & CO

In the face of a tough market, Hannah Aykroyd launched Aykroyd & Co in Spring 2018 and has had a cracking inaugural year, completing more than £60 million in PCL residential transactions. This should come as no surprise. As an… Read More

ROBERT BAILEY

ROBERT BAILEY PROPERTIES

Known for his discretion and prowess in sealing some of the capital’s chunkiest residential deals, Robert Bailey is no stranger to the biggest and most expensive properties around. He had a long spell at Knight Frank – he was head… Read More

JAMES BAILEY

HENRY & JAMES

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

STUART BALDOCK

HINDLEBALDOCK

Stuart Baldock acts for Britishbased and international buyers investing in second or third properties in Paris, St Tropez and the Alps. A recent memorable property was an ‘olive growing estate in Provence which began as a farmhouse and was restored… Read More

ANDREW BERRY

PAYNE HICKS BEACH

Andrew Berry heads up the team in the transactional department at Payne Hicks Beach. It’s been a strong year for the team: ‘Our department continues to work overtime to meet the demand, and buyers are taking advantage of the uncertainty,’… Read More

MARIO BERTI

OCTOPUS PROPERTY

‘We have the best team in the market,’ declares the CEO of Octopus Property. Mario Berti is proud of his staff’s ability to provide HNWs with ‘super-fast’ solutions, having secured record deals worth £3 billion in 2018. Speed is of… Read More

Hugh Best

HUGH BEST

LONDON CENTRAL PORTFOLIO

‘Having a board with over 100 years’ experience in prime real estate markets really helps,’ London Central Portfolio’s (LCP) Hugh Best tells Spear’s. ‘We have all been through cycles and learnt the lessons and this has enabled our funds to… Read More

ALPA BHAKTA

BUTTERFIELD MORTGAGES LIMITED

Butterfield Mortgages Limited (BML) is a stand-alone, London-based residential mortgage lender, uniquely placed within the market to assist HNW and UHNW clients seeking a minimum loan amount of £1 million for finance against residential property in either prime London or… Read More

SAMUEL BIKHIT

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES KAY & CO

As founder of Kay & Co, the sales, lettings residential block management and boutique new home consultancy which he now runs together with his son Martin, Samuel Bikhit has grown a business that is recognised as one of the leading… Read More

MARTIN BIKHIT

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES KAY & CO

‘The market is turning the corner,’ says Martin Bikhit, MD of London-based property firm Kay & Co, which deals with sales, lettings, residential block management and boutique new home consultancy. ‘We have started to see green shoots of activity. The… Read More

NIGEL BISHOP

RECOCO

‘Yet another year of challenge in the property world,’ Nigel Bishop says. ‘There’s still this hesitancy, this lack of real commitment, [caused by] the slightest sort of wobble in the news or the stock market.’ Bishop often has to remind… 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

ANDREW BRECHER

BRECHER

‘I’m very much a believer in the leave-no-stone-unturned approach to getting a deal over the line,’ says Andrew Brecher, who founded Brecher LLP with sister Valerie and close friend Jeremy Abram back in 1995. The ‘uber well-connected’ solicitor is easily… Read More

VALERIE BRECHER

BRECHER

Valerie Brecher is joint senior partner of the specialist property practice, Brecher LLP, which has a complement of nearly 90. She has nearly 40 years’ experience in prime commercial and residential real estate, advising developers, HNW investors, banks and other… Read More

NICHOLAS BRENT

DRUCES

Head of Druces LLP’s property team, Nicholas Brent has wide experience of all areas of commercial property, including development, investment, property finance and corporate occupation. He has been highly recommended for his work on Islamic finance and commercial property, and… Read More

Karen Bright

KAREN BRIGHT

BISHOP & SEWELL

With 14 years of experience in litigation, Karen Bright is well-versed in dealing with the demands of HNWs. One of the stranger demands involved issuing an injunction for the return of a parrot. More regular requests concern property, Landlord and… Read More

ANDY BUCHANAN

JOHN D WOOD

‘I’m afraid to say that the bigger buyers are complaining there’s very little stock around, which is our biggest problem in the market,’ admits Andy ‘Mr Chelsea’ Buchanan. ‘Funnily enough, we’ve got some Swiss buyers who we’re trying to look… Read More

STEPHEN BURNS

ADAPT FINANCE

Adapt Finance is a ‘mortgage broker and estate agent rolled into one’, as co-founder Stephen Burns has previously told Spear’s.The London and Manchester based, six-strong firm stakes its ambitions on offering HNWs hands-on service and attention to detail when it… Read More

ADAM BUXTON

MIDDLETON ADVISORS

With 20 years’ experience and living in the middle of his patch, Adam Buxton is well placed to advise his clients. The stone farms and manor houses of the Cotswolds remain popular, as do properties in northern Oxfordshire. ‘A good… Read More

HENRY CECIL

BIRCHAM DYSON BELL

Henry Cecil, who specialises in estate, farm and country house purchases, plus succession and planning issues, says: ‘With landed estates, above any other type of client, having such diverse and varied interests, you end up providing them with legal advice… Read More

Vic Chhabria

VIC CHHABRIA

LONDON REAL ESTATE OFFICE

Vic Chhabria is the managing director of London Real Estate Office (LREO). The boutique property advisory service covers real estate in three of the most desirable and exclusive areas in central London: Regent’s Park, St John’s, Marylebone and Mayfair. ‘The… Read More

Mark Chick

MARK CHICK

BISHOP & SEWELL

Head of the Landlord & Tenant team at Bishop & Sewell, Mark Chick has been a partner since 2006, and has been instrumental in the company’s growth. Chick describes the Landlord and Tenant team he has built as the ‘go-to… Read More

ALEX CHRISTIAN

SAVILLS

Alex Christian has been in the industry for 20 years (11 of them at Savills). He’s now a director in Savills London Private Office and focuses on buyers looking to spend ‘usually north of £20 million’. ‘The market’s been dire… Read More

STUART COLE

KNIGHT FRANK

Stuart Cole started out selling ‘pretty cottages and farmhouses in Cornwall’ in 1988, and now represents some of the finest super-prime homes outside London, specialising in luxury property in North Surrey. ‘I’ve lived and worked there for over 17 years,… Read More

AURéLIEN COLLIGNON

FORE PARTNERSHIP

For Aurélien Collignon, associate director at co-investing platform FORE Partnership, the year has been focused on ‘reinvesting in London.’ The shift of attention away from the capital allowed for mispriced income opportunities to emerge, revealing forgotten properties to be repurposed…. Read More

SARAH CONWAY

MAURICE TURNOR GARDNER

For Sarah Conway, MTG’s head of real estate, her recent work includes advising on transactions valued in the £10 million-plus bracket. ‘That’s where we found there was value for money for international buyers with the currency play helping them,’ she… Read More

IAN COOKE

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

For Ian Cooke, partner and head of private property at Charles Russell Speechlys, Greenwich Mean Time means very little, with an increasing number of clients – ruling families, government ministers, business owners, princes, princesses and sheikhs – keeping him busy… Read More

DANIEL DAGGERS

KNIGHT FRANK

‘London’s dynamic is changing’ says Knight Frank’s Daniel Daggers, and the profile of buyers is changing too. ‘Younger, more casual but still relentless in their goal to find that something special (at the right price). Its social centre is gravitating… Read More

YOUSSEF DAOUD

THE COLLECTION LLP

Development manager at The Collection’s partner venture One Point Six, Youssef Daoud celebrates the sale of projects on Pont Street and Observatory Gardens, each ‘breaking price per square foot sales records’. The secret to the transactional success is in the… 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 daughter of a Sicilian racing driver is one half of the… Read More

JAMES DAVIES

GLP FINE PROPERTIES

The super-discreet brokers behind some of London’s biggest off-market property acquisitions, husband and wife team James Davies and Giuliana La Pera Davies have a loyal following of UHNW clients. Founded 12 years ago, both Giuliana and James have been in… Read More

CAMILLA DELL

BLACK BRICK

Camilla Dell – a three-time nominee for Property Adviser of the Year at the Spear’s Wealth Management Awards – is described by peers as a ‘powerhouse’ in prime central, who is both ‘tenacious and dedicated’. And her firm Black Brick,… Read More

BASIL DEMEROUTIS

FORE PARTNERSHIP

With a background in Aerospace Engineering, Basil Demeroutis has always been curious about how things work: ‘I love to take things apart and see if I can make them better.’ A romantic, despite his technical background, Demeroutis says of his… Read More

RUPERT DES FORGES

KNIGHT FRANK

Rupert des Forges has worked in the prime central London market for a little over 30 years. This almost unrivalled experience, starting at WA Ellis in Knightsbridge and with Knight Frank for the last 18 years, has led to an… Read More

ELAINE DOBSON

TAYLOR WESSING

Favoured by London’s jet-set and UHNW Russians, Taylor Wessing’s residential property group head Elaine Dobson advises on ‘all aspects’ of property law, including purchase and sale, refinancing, restructuring, tenancies and landlord and tenant matters. She is highly experienced with statutory… Read More

JOHN DOWNING

GOODMAN DERRICK

John Downing’s practice has been focused on the prime central London property market for more than 25 years, acquiring and selling high value residential property for a clientele including high profile individuals from both the City and the entertainment industry…. Read More

PADDY DRING

KNIGHT FRANK

‘I have operated in the super prime international market for almost 30 years,’ says Knight Frank’s Paddy Dring. Some of his clients have been with him just as long. As the firm’s head of Global Prime Sales, Dring has seen… 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. The breadth of his coverage gives him unusual insight into the trends driving London’s ultra-prime market. ‘Whereas the Kensington and Chelsea markets… Read More

PHILIP EASTWOOD

THE BUYING SOLUTION

Philip Eastwood has worked in the prime property market for more than 30 years, having started his career in a boutique agency in Chelsea in 1988. As such, he is well placed to weigh in on the current state of… Read More

JO ECCLES

SP PROPERTY

A recent rebrand saw Jo Eccles’s company expand to offer a wider residential advisory service. She manages hundreds of buildings across London, such as a Mayfair house rented for £40,000 per week. Eccles is advising clients to make the most… Read More

JO ECCLES

SP PROPERTY

A recent rebrand saw Jo Eccles’ company expand to offer a wider residential advisory service. She manages hundreds of buildings across London, such as a Mayfair house rented for £40,000 per week. Eccles is advising clients to make the most… Read More

PHILIP EDDELL

SAVILLS

‘It is fun,’ says the genial Philip Eddell, who has a long and storied career in rural estate management. Eddell saw that clients had a natural interest in the mansion house. The pivotal moment in his career was acting for… Read More

JOSHUA ELASH

MT FINANCE

Managing director Joshua Elash saw an opportunity for an alternative way of raising cash before founding mtf in 2008. He previously worked for a large European real estate investment fund based in Paris before he saw the markets turn upside… Read More

PENNY ELLIOTT

FORSTERS

Penny Elliott continues to work on high-value rural estate sales and purchases, with clients ranging from aristocratic families to those who have made fortunes in property-owning businesses. ‘The fundamental issues are the same,’ she says. ‘How best to control, manage… Read More

CHRISTIAN FAES

LENDINVEST

Touted as a ‘revolutionary step in property fundraising’ at its launch in 2013, LendInvest has already won over ten per cent share of the short-term mortgage market. Turning significant profits since inception, it is the only online lender to have… 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

EDMUND FETHERSTON-DILKE

FARRER & CO

‘Priorities for overseas buyers investing in the UK market remain value, asset protection, education and the rule of law,’ says Edmund Fetherston-Dilke, a partner at the firm, whose landed estates clients include the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall. In 2017,… Read More

James Forbes

JAMES FORBES

STRUTT & PARKER (BNP PARIBAS REAL ESTATE)

The Sloane Street-based James Forbes is ‘a key driver for the growth of one of the most successful offices in the prime real estate market’, Strutt & Parker says. A senior director who has specialised in the market for the… Read More

DAVID FORBES

SAVILLS PRIVATE OFFICE

Few feel the pulse of global wealth like David Forbes, who possesses perhaps the most enviable contacts book in world property (having more than 650 offices with 35,000 people in 60 countries at your fingertips can’t hurt). He generated ‘circa… 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. The seasoned adviser has over 30 years’ experience in the residential and commercial… Read More

SIMON GARCIA

QUINTESSENTIALLY ESTATES

Simon Garcia began his career in the property sector when he joined Quintessentially Estates upon his return to London in 2008. Having earned his position as Director at Quintessentially Estates, his area of expertise sits within the London market where… Read More

JAMES GILBERT-GREEN

SAVILLS

In 2009, when James Gilbert-Green first started selling properties in Belgravia, the landscape looked entirely different. If someone bought in prime central London and then changed their mind, all they had to do was ‘swallow three per cent stamp duty… Read More

JONATHAN HARINGTON

HARINGTONS

Director Jonathan Harington has made many things possible, including the expansion of two of the industry’s Big Three firms over a 40-year career. Starting out as a seller, he single-handedly set up the buying arms of Lane Fox (now Strutt… Read More

JAMES HARRIES

IMPERIAL BLUE

As director and co-founder of Imperial Blue, James Harries has been asked to fund a wide range of projects. However, the property and investment advisory company deals primarily with real estate in the UK. Set up in 2011, Imperial Blue… Read More

TOM HARRIES

IMPERIAL BLUE

Tom Harries set up Imperial Blue finance alongside his brother, James. Their main aim is ‘on the one hand, to invest alongside funds, family offices and HNW investors in order to provide risk-adjusted returns from the development sector, and on… Read More

CASPAR HARVARD-WALLS

BLACK BRICK

‘We are seeing an increasing level of demand from clients who are looking to take advantage of market conditions which are very much in their favour,’ Caspar Harvard-Walls says of 2018. ‘The uncertainty of the outcome of Brexit is having… Read More

PHILIP HARVEY

PROPERTY VISION

‘I like a challenge,’ agricultural savant Philip Harvey says, as he speaks of one of his greatest successes – buying Nyetimber CEO Eric Heerema’s first vineyard. The mandate was initially difficult: ‘I couldn’t find any, it was so frustrating.’ But… Read More

MARK HARVEY

KNIGHT FRANK

Mark Harvey is responsible for Knight Frank’s European sales business, managing its dedicated international London team and overseeing the ‘smooth functioning’ of its pan-European network, specifically involving the sale and purchase of prime residential homes across France and Spain. ‘After… Read More

Naomi Heaton

NAOMI HEATON

LONDON CENTRAL PORTFOLIO

Naomi Heaton, MA Hons (Oxon), is founder and CEO of London Central Portfolio (LCP), a real estate advisory company focusing on the private rented sector in prime central London. She is known for representing investors seeking access to London property… Read More

ED HEATON

HEATON & PARTNERS

‘We’ve found that there was an acute lack of stock in the country market’, says Ed Heaton. That, he says, combined with the fact that there are quite a lot of buyers who are ‘almost apathetic’ about making a decision… Read More

GARY HERSHAM

BEAUCHAMP ESTATES

While the past two years have been demoralising for many, Hersham’s ‘omnipresence’ presided over the property world according to one contemporary, snapping up almost £1 billion worth of transactions. The former reality TV star, whose larger-than-life persona is described as… Read More

JONATHAN HEWLETT

SAVILLS

When Spear’s caught up with Jonathan Hewlett, he was in a confident mood, despite having been through tough market conditions in 2018: ‘I am pleased to say Savills have been involved in a high percentage of top end sales last… Read More

LOUISE HEWLETT

LOUISE HEWLETT PROPERTIES

‘The stamp duty single-handedly brought the market to its knees,’ says Louise Hewlett. ‘As humans, we don’t change. What’s changed is how to finance… I don’t know if you’ve seen a mortgage form recently?’ Hewlett notes these difficulties have changed… Read More

NATHALIE HIRST

NATHALIE HIRST

A Spear’s Property Adviser of the Year award-winner, Nathalie Hirst began her career in property more than 20 years ago by relocating bankers from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and UBS to London. She later joined two of the best-known buying… Read More

CRISPIN HOLBOROW

SAVILLS

Crispin Holborow knows the UK’s country market like the back of his hand, having spent more than three decades analysing the intricacies of both the country house and the farms and estates landscapes. In the general marketplace, he says, there… Read More

CLIVE HOPKINS

KNIGHT FRANK

Knight Frank boasts more than a century in rural property – and country hand Clive Hopkins has seen more than a quarter of it from within. Hailed as ‘terrific’ and ‘seriously good’ by industry experts, he heads the firm’s farms… Read More

BERTIE HOSKYNS-ABRAHALL

WITHERS

‘Never was there a better time for sellers to be well prepared for a sale and for the parties to be represented by proactive and focused lawyers,’ says Withers department co-head Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall. In the past year, ‘expertise in advising… Read More

BERTIE HOSKYNS-ABRAHALL

WITHERS

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… Read More

SAM HOWARD

REGENTSMEAD

Regentsmead COO Sam Howard, joined the company in 2011 directly from Said Business School in Oxford. He was made director in 2015 and is credited for leading his team to offer ‘the very highest levels of service’, both to broker… Read More

TOM HUDSON

MIDDLETON ADVISORS

Tom Hudson knows a thing or two about the country market. ‘There’s a lot of overvalued stock right now,’ he says. ‘Our job is to do as best we can for our clients – which usually means buying at the… Read More

Hugo James

HUGO JAMES

STRUTT & PARKER (BNP PARIBAS REAL ESTATE)

Strutt & Parker has identified a star in the making in Hugo James. The company describes the adviser as ‘an up-and-coming force in the super-prime lettings market’, and credits his success in growing new business in the area for the… Read More

ARTHUR JENNINGS

FORTWELL CAPITAL

Arthur Jennings recently completed the management buyout of Fortwell Capital from CPC group, and is now a proprietor of the platform which has lent in excess of £1.2 billion since its inception 2011, together with executive director Dan Smith. It’s… Read More

CHRIS JONES

WARNERHEATH LTD

Warnerheath founder Chris Jones has risen to the challenge of the past year’s difficult market by seeing a silver lining in uncertainty. ‘It’s helped to strengthen the case for independent buying advice,’ he says. ‘This is a time where good… Read More

ANDREW KAFKARIS

BRUTON OF SLOANE STREET

Andrew Kafkaris has advised on over £4 billion worth of real estate transactions since studying surveying at the University of Reading. ‘Bruton of Sloane Street is the only company of its kind to have a team comprising qualified chartered surveyors,… Read More

TREVOR KEARNEY

SAVILLS

‘Trevor is the best in business,’ a peer praises the Savills adviser. One can see why; Kearney became the youngest partner at Knight Frank at the age of 26, and was then made the youngest director at Savills at 28…. Read More

TRACY KELLETT

BDI HOME FINDERS

‘Safe as houses isn’t ringing true at the moment,’ says Tracy Kellett of the PCL market, but she explains this is more due to the SDLT regime and compliance than Brexit. ‘I’d take all the negativity around the market with… Read More

SIMON KNIGHT

LENDCO

‘We are aiming at the professional property industry,’ says Simon Knight, Lendco’s managing director says after the successful launch of SPF Private Clients and Cabot Square Capital’s lending venture in February 2018. The challenger platform, drawing from SPF’s 21-year experience… Read More

ANDREW LANE

FORSTERS

Andrew Lane, who together with Penny Elliott spearheads Forsters’ landed estates offering, has seen an increase in both development work and instructions on the advisory side, as well as a steady stream of transactions. ‘We have more than held our… 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

ALEX LAWSON

SAVILLS

During his 20-plus years in the rural property business, Alex Lawson has seen a growing interest in landed estates as people become more aware of the diversity that rural land offers, both in terms of property types and the potential… Read More

MARK LEVINE

SIMONS MUIRHEAD & BURTON

Property specialist Mark Levine has since September 2016 headed the real estate team at SM&B. He previously worked as a solicitor at Mishcon de Reya, before joining Hamlins as a partner, in both firms on the real estate team. His… Read More

JAMES LIFFEN

MISHCON DE REYA

As legal director in Mishcon’s residential property team, James Liffen’s role ‘bridges the gap that’s traditionally existed between residential conveyancers and commercial property lawyers’. The depth of his understanding of residential property law is striking – covering everything from leasehold… Read More

ANDREW MACPHERSON

CKD

Sporting estates specialist Andrew Macpherson has a reputation for making rare deals happen. Although grouse moors and agricultural estates are rare, Macpherson never allows clients to compromise on the quality of a purchase. ‘That only comes with considerable experience,’ one… Read More

DEAN MAIN

RHODIUM

The only property management company focusing solely on new build super prime developments, Rhodium is always on top of the diverse demands of global UHNWs. Founder Dean Main says, ‘you’re not only putting in the usual media rooms, spas or… Read More

SIMON MAPSTONE

GOODMAN DERRICK

A highly experienced specialist in commercial and residential property law, Simon Mapstone advises in relation to site acquisitions, secured lending, development and property investment. With over 35 years experience, he is one of the most respected advisers operating in the… Read More

MARK MCANDREW

STRUTT & PARKER (BNP PARIBAS REAL ESTATE)

‘We’re having to be more inventive,’ says Mark McAndrew, Strutt & Parker’s estate and farm department head. ‘It’s not the people phoning up and saying “I want to sell my estate”,’ he explains. ‘It’s people who are thinking about it,… Read More

CHARLES MCDOWELL

CHARLES MCDOWELL PROPERTIES

There’s been a genuine need to buy in London, especially in the final quarter, Charles McDowell says. ‘Purchasers perceive that prices have been adjusted enough to make it attractive,’ he adds, telling Spear’s of a slew of new Middle Eastern… Read More

JAMES MCMANUS

WETHERELL

James McManus is so keen to extol the virtues of his three Ps: pricing, patience and people. He has been personally responsible for over £1 billion in deals since joining Wetherell in 2004. He says he got into the industry… Read More

RORY MCMULLEN

SAVILLS

London-based but with an international mandate, associate director Rory McMullen is a key member of the cross border investment team and private office, offering a residential service to international clients. He works alongside the Savills dedicated global capital markets network… Read More

GUY MEACOCK

PRIME PURCHASE

‘Despite some of the gloomy headlines, we are seeing a significant uplift in client numbers and activity – there is a noticeable air of optimism that hasn’t been there for three years,’ says Guy Meacock, the personable director and head… Read More

RUPERT MEAD

FORSTERS

Rupert Mead has seen an increase in succession planning on behalf of his core estate owner client base in the past year, noting this work ‘is no longer necessarily driven by primogeniture, which adds an interesting dimension to the process’…. Read More

THOMAS MORAN

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

HNWs seek clarity when dealing with issues relating to bricks and mortar, which is why many choose the lucid Thomas Moran for advice. ‘I think clients want to deal with an approachable and friendly lawyer who does not bombard them… Read More

THOMAS MORAN

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

HNWs seek clarity when dealing with issues relating to bricks and mortar, which is why many choose the lucid Thomas Moran for advice. ‘I think clients want to deal with an approachable and friendly lawyer who does not bombard them… Read More

MICHAEL MORRIS

COLLAS CRILL

Described by market experts as a dedicated lawyer ‘willing to go the extra mile to complete a transaction’, Michael Morris is head of Collas Crill’s UK property team. Morris specialises in acting for HNWs and offshore investors, funds, property firms… Read More

PENNY MOSGROVE

QUINTESSENTIALLY ESTATES

Penny Mosgrove started working in property at the age of 16 and has been on an upward trajectory since, being brought in to Quintessentially Estates to spearhead its global expansion following a successful stint at a corporate agency. The firm,… Read More

PAUL MUNFORD

MCIFA PROPERTY FINANCE

‘London remains the number one investment for global high net worth individuals,’ Paul Munford says, being one of the few with an insider’s view of the property market. He adds that post-Brexit price adjustments have made the City even better… Read More

CHARLIE NAUGHTEN

RFR

Charlie Naughten has ‘considerable transactional experience across prime central London’ notes Richard Rogerson, CEO of RFR (the firm he joined in late 2017). With ‘exceptional industry connections and an ability to unearth properties for clients’, the former Strutt & Parker… Read More

Alex Newall

ALEX NEWALL

BARNES

Alex Newall is the managing director and founder of Barnes – one of the UK’s leading private offices. Newall is recognised as one of the top real estate advisors in London, and has some of the world’s most affluent individuals… Read More

CHRISTOPHER PAGE

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

Christopher Page leads Charles Russell Speechlys’ landed estates team in sharing their extensive expertise with rural business and landed estates clients, enabling them to identify new opportunities, answer questions posed by new generations, and prepare for the challenges of Brexit…. Read More

JESSICA PARKINSON

ROSE CAPITAL PROPERTY CONSULTANCY

Jessica Parkinson’s new independent boutique has already won praise from impressed clients. ‘Jessica’s passion for property is infectious,’ says one. ‘Her above-and-beyond approach is a testament to her performance and results.’ She has built the firm on the back of… Read More

RORY PENN

KNIGHT FRANK

With a career spanning some of the very best names in HNW advisory, Rory Penn has had stints at Grosvenor, as a director in private equity firm Palmer Capital, and latterly as managing director at VanHan. In March he joined… Read More

CHARLES PENNY

KNIGHT FRANK

The profile of buyers in the prime and super prime markets is changing, and with it, the desired areas and list of requirements. ‘Buyers are increasingly aware of the market and carry out considerable research,’ says Charles Penny. ‘There is… Read More

ANDREW PHILLIPS

HAMPTONS WEALTH PARTNERSHIP

Global director of the Wealth Partnership at Hamptons International, Andrew Phillips heads up a private dedicated office, that offers one-to-one engagement for HNW and UHNW clients and all their property requirements, from private residential homes to building property portfolios. Phillips,… Read More

MARK POLLACK

ASTON CHASE

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

Nick Potter

NICK POTTER

BISHOP & SEWELL

Nick Potter is a partner in the central London law firm, Bishop & Sewell, which has a reputation for its leading property and commercial legal services. He heads the commercial property team, and has expertise in a wide variety of… Read More

SIMON PRING

FARRER & CO

‘Despite the inadequacies of the planning system, an increasing number of major housing developments is coming forward, which is a great opportunity for those estates affected,’ says Simon Pring, who leads Farrer’s estates team. The impact of Brexit on the… Read More

SIMON PRING

FARRER & CO

‘We did the two biggest estate purchases last year,’ reveals Simon Pring, a partner at Farrer’s since 1995. ‘Both exchanged on the same day, which was rather nice – about ten per cent of the UK land market for the… Read More

JEREMY RAJ

IRWIN MITCHELL PRIVATE WEALTH

Jeremy Raj, Irwin Mitchell’s national head of residential property has found 2018 to be ‘immensely rewarding’. This is despite the challenges he’s recently encountered within the full-service firm: starting a new job and taking over a large team spread over… Read More

MICHAEL RANSON

MACFARLANES

‘We’re seeing lots of high-value tenancy agreements for individual houses or apartments,’ Michael Ranson says. This is a result of SDLT, Brexit and some international clients not wanting to take a long-term view about buying. Ranson also advises on country… Read More

Caroline Roberjot

CAROLINE ROBERJOT

ADAMS & REMERS

Caroline Roberjot has been a partner at Adams and Remers for the last four and a half years, and heads the firm’s London offering, which deals with high end property matters often in the £120 million region. The firm has… Read More

SAMI ROBERTSON

KNIGHT FRANK

Knight Frank’s Kensington office head Sami Robertson acts on prime central London property sales from £800k to £250 million: over £1 billion worth since he joined Knight Frank 14 years ago. He’s also the company’s UK-Singapore ambassador, which sees him… Read More

ISLAY ROBINSON

ENNESS

Enness opened a new office in Jersey this year, following the success of its offshore offering. Islay Robinson, the group CEO, wants you to know that the Crown Dependency is far from a ‘sleepy seaside location’. ‘Don’t be fooled; with… Read More

ANDREW ROBINSON

ARC & CO.

Arc & Co., a specialist and multidimensional financial services platform, was built in response to the 2008 economic crisis. ‘We can’t be one dimensional,’ says founder and CEO Andrew Robinson, who relishes the dynamism his role entails. Arc & Co…. Read More

RICHARD & SOPHIE ROGERSON

RFR

‘As good as it gets’ is how a leading City lawyer described RFR. The award-winning property advisory firm continues to grow its reputation, and is shortlisted for Spear’s ‘Property Advisor of the Year’ 2018. Established by former Macfarlanes lawyers Sophie… Read More

JAKE RUSSELL

RUSSELL SIMPSON

While many boutique firms have been subsumed into larger estate agents, Russell Simpson, the family-owned firm started 39 years ago by property veteran Alan Russell, has managed to maintain its unique selling point as a top-end boutique agency. Jake Russell… Read More

ALAN RUSSELL

RUSSELL SIMPSON

‘Who else has got four children [out of six] working for them, and a daughter-in-law?’ says Alan Russell, who has indeed created something of a dynasty since starting Russell Simpson in 1979. ‘My wife heads up our lettings department –… Read More

ROARIE SCARISBRICK

PROPERTY VISION

Thoroughbred buyer Roarie Scarisbrick paints a less than rosy picture of prime central London. Volumes of transactions have ‘significantly reduced’ – down 50-60 per cent in the £10 million bracket – since the happier days in 2014. ‘It was the… Read More

BILL SHIPTON

BOLD & REEVES

News has it that the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of property management and maintenance services now uses data to manage its properties. Founder Bill Shipton describes the mechanism which combines home monitoring systems with technology that uses ‘an escalation process’ to react to… Read More

JESS SIMPSON

JESS SIMPSON PROPERTY SEARCH

We ask Jess Simpson why she left Strutt & Parker to set up her own gig, to which she replies that independence is ‘a really hot topic’ in the industry. This is due to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’… Read More

DAN SMITH

FORTWELL CAPITAL

Having lent over £1 billion to date, Fortwell Capital ‘continues to successfully partner with borrowers as the real estate lender of choice,’ says executive director Dan Smith, who provides leadership to the firm’s team of specialists from their London office… Read More

STEVE SMITH

GREENFIELD CAPITAL

A founding member of Greenfield Capital, chairman Steve Smith founded retail chain Poundland and grew it into a household name with an annual turnover of £186 million before selling in 2002. He has focused on property and entrepreneurial opportunities ever… Read More

HARVEY SONING

JAMES ANDREW INTERNATIONAL

A seasoned professional who has seen it all numerous times through his 59 year career in commercial property, Harvey Soning set up James Andrew International in 1974, expanding over 44 years to become a truly global property advisory service. A… Read More

ALEX STROUD

ALEX STROUD PROPERTY CONSULTANTS

Alex Stroud is guided by a simple philosophy: ‘Only let a client buy a property that I would buy myself.’ And it’s certainly working for the self-described ‘workaholic’, who has acquired over 130 properties since he set up his leading… Read More

HENRY STUART

WITHERS

For Henry Stuart, a highlight of the past year was working on an acquisition of ‘what one agent described as the most perfect house in London – and was priced accordingly, north of £60 million’. He notes that properties around… Read More

Ossie Swaine

OSSIE SWAINE

BISHOP & SEWELL

Ossie Swaine is an unconventional but effective property lawyer. He is one of a rare breed in the fact that he has a background in acting and still has an interest in musical theatre. Things may have turned out differently… Read More

RUPERT SWEETING

KNIGHT FRANK

Recently promoted to become Knight Frank’s national head of country sales, Rupert Sweeting has been living and breathing the countryside for his entire adult life, having joined the firm from the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester 30 years ago. In… Read More

CAROLINE TAKLA

THE COLLECTION LLP

‘The market has experienced an unprecedented level of uncertainty, which has meant an Everest to climb to get expectations aligned’, says Caroline Takla, founder of The Collection LLP, who has over 17 years of experience in the London property market…. Read More

SONAL THAKRAR

MISHCON DE REYA

‘I specialise in unusually fast-paced deals involving the purchase or disposal of prime or super-prime residential property in central London,’ says Sonal Thakrar, the charismatic partner who heads one of the capital’s largest residential property practices. Her work often involves… Read More

HUGO THISTLETHWAYTE

SAVILLS

‘Hard work comes as an essential requirement for success but the ability to listen to both markets and clients are underestimated characteristics,’ says the head of Savills international residential, who is the owner of one of the most enviable contacts… Read More

ED TRYON

LICHFIELDS

‘It’s extremely seldom you’ll find somebody for whom both schools of thought will appeal – the traditional townhouse and newly built apartments,’ Ed Tryon explains. ‘That [new-build] market is one I’ve really focused on since 2011. I’ve bought nearly £200… Read More

JOHNNY TURNBULL

TURNBULL PROPERTY

It’s not too much to say that Johnny Turnbull was one of those who invented the rarefied profession of the buying agent. One fellow adviser calls him one of the ‘behemoths’ of the profession, while a second observes: ‘He might… Read More

THOMAS VAN STRAUBENZEE

KNIGHT FRANK

Having worked in the property market for 15 years, Thomas van Straubenzee was the founder and co-owner of VanHan and is now co-head of The Knight Frank Private Office. Private clients from around the world can rely on van Straubenzee’s… Read More

HUGH WADE-JONES

ENNESS

‘[Financing a property] is one of the few financial decisions that has quite a personal tug on the heartstrings,’ says Hugh Wade-Jones, co-founder and MD of Enness. ‘It’s important therefore that the adviser stays ‘at the absolute top of their… Read More

ROSS WARD

PEREDS

‘Old-fashioned good service and knowledge still trump all,’ Ross Ward says, adding that he is no fan of fads adopted by many in his industry. Instead the firm, founded in 1967, has its own methods. ‘We adapt by rejecting trends… Read More

JULIEN WARD

SAVILLS

‘The private office provides wealthy individuals and their advisors a discreet link into the wider world of Savills and our extensive business streams and service lines,’ says Julien Ward, who was a private banker at Credit Suisse before joining the… Read More

Alan Waxman

ALAN WAXMAN

LANDMASS PRIVATE OFFICE

‘Creating value in every property’ – that’s according to Alan Waxman, who celebrates the 20th anniversary of his real estate company Landmass this December 2018. As the market has become more and more turbulent due to Brexit and the increased… Read More

PAUL WELCH

LARGEMORTGAGELOANS.COM

Guernsey born and bred Paul Welch’s mantra is ‘never give up’; a motto which has served him well in the 15 years he has been at the helm of specialist mortgage broker largemortgageloans.com. largemortgageloans.com is enjoying the most successful period… Read More

CHARLIE WELLS

PRIME PURCHASE

‘It’s been a very good year, a combination of nice surprises and hard work, with motivated clients keen to buy, when we find the right property. The Brexit political circus has made some buyers stop and think – however, those… Read More

Peter Wetherell

PETER WETHERELL

WETHERELL

For almost four decades founder and chief executive Peter Wetherell has, in his own words, been ‘bringing residential life back to Mayfair’, specialising in sales, lettings, professional services, developments and new homes consultancy and marketing. It’s no surprise then that… Read More

GEOFF WILFORD

WILFORDS

Self-confessed ‘property geek’ Geoff Wilford has been working in the prime central London market since 1999. He is increasingly focusing on £10 million-plus properties for both buyers and sellers, and often off-market. A stand-out recent transaction was buying a £7… Read More

Charlie Willis

CHARLIE WILLIS

STRUTT & PARKER (BNP PARIBAS REAL ESTATE)

Charlie Willis has top tips for navigating tough market conditions, especially within the upper echelons of London’s property landscape. ‘We had to remain flexible and agile in our approach to ensure our clients receive the very best results that can… Read More

MATTHEW WOODS

WITHERS

‘The success of an estate in securing planning in an historic park has been particularly gratifying,’ says Matthew Woods, who has had a strong year. The department co-head notes that ‘disappointed beneficiaries’ are the biggest potential pitfall for an estate,… Read More