Property Advisers

Top Five London Buying Agents

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

Johnny Turnbull

Turnbull

Don’t let his unassuming attitude fool you: Turnbull is among the best-performing buying agents in London. He’s ‘a real expert with a loyal client base’, a competitor told us, with another expert saying he’s ‘too modest to brag but is… 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

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

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

Top Five London Sales Agents

Andrew Langton

Aylesford

One of the most experienced estate agents around, Langton began his career back in 1966. It certainly wasn’t called the World’s End for nothing,’ Aylesford’s founder and chairman says of the far side of the King’s Road. ‘We had probably… 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

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

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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

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

Charles McDowell

McDowell

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

Charles Vyner Brooks

Brooks Marshall

The duo behind Brooks Marshall are chuffed at a recent £50 million site transaction in Marylebone, which they say is ‘one of the largest residential land sales since the election’. The proposed block of 36 apartments at Elliot House, Molyneux… Read More

Ed Tryon

Lichfields

‘I don’t mind telling you in 2008 we actually only did one transaction.’ In an industry often as self promotional as it is self deluded many would happily mask such performance but for a man as passionate as Tryon it… Read More

Jo Eccles

Sourcing Property

Eccles set up Sourcing Property after doing research on the London market for a PR firm. Part of her job required meeting sales and letting agents across town to discuss the latest trends. She realised buyers felt that ‘estate agents… Read More

Katy Tome

Toosh Designs

People say necessity is the mother of invention, but frustration plays its role too. ‘I’ve lived in London for a long time,’ says Tomé, ‘and I’ve moved innumerable times, but I found that agents did not really listen. You’d be… Read More

Ollie Marshall

Brooks Marshall

Marshall, who is excited about the arrival of his second daughter, is no stranger to disturbed sleep, having to liaise with clients with irksome time differences. ‘I once had to make a two am call to dozens of wealth managers… 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

Sebastian Gibson

FG Consultants

The Secret Agent was the name of a column that Gibson wrote in the Financial Times for five years; he now has a bespoke estate agency operating in prime central London. Nevertheless, the image of a suave, charming property spy… Read More

Tracy Kellett

bdi

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

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Alan Russell

Russell Simpson

If you’re a client, you’ve got Alan’s full attention, for one simple reason: he’s deliberately never had a shopfront, to avoid walk-ins disturbing his meetings. He’s also keen to avoid sacrificing quality of service by growing too big. But the… 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

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

David Adams

John Taylor

Adams, who has previously worked at Hamptons, Savills and Chesterton Humberts, was headhunted by John Taylor in 2011. The firm, which had a reputation for helping British HNWs and Hollywood stars buy property in the south of France, was planning… 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

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

James Forbes

Strutt & Parker

‘Developers in prime central London are always looking to find a new selling point, something nobody’s done, something with a wow factor,’ says Forbes. He knows a thing or two about the wow factor: last year, his team sold to… Read More

Lulu Egerton

Strutt & Parker

It’s not only the property boom in London that matters, it’s also about who is behind the deals. Egerton says the demographics of buyers in Chelsea have changed in the past twelve months, with the English making a glorious comeback…. Read More

Marc Goldberg

Hamptons

The head of Hamptons International’s residential sales department has had an interesting year: London coming ‘off the boil’ has meant Goldberg seeing a 70 per cent uplift in sales outside the capital. ‘That gap just got too wide,’ he explains…. Read More

Mark Pollack

Aston Chase

Founded in 1985 by Pollack and his friend Richard Bernstone, Aston Chase is widely recognised as the leading independent residential agency operating in central and north west London. Pollack is proud of the 30-year old establishment, and has previously told… Read More

Ned Baring

Savills

Synonymous with the rise of London’s super-rich, having a One Hyde Park address may not be everyone’s taste. But Baring, the affable Australian and star agent working on the scheme, is humbler than the stock he sells. ‘I was on… Read More

Nick Crayson

CRAYSON

There have been significant developments at Crayson in the last year as this highly focused leading boutique operation, based in Notting Hill, has expanded into not just sourcing and selling ‘prime’ and ‘super-prime’ property across central London but has also… 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

Simon Welfare

Wilfords London

Welfare says it was the element of connecting with people that drew him to property initially and the ‘challenge of putting a deal together in what is one of the most expensive and attractive parts of the globe to live’… Read More

Country

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

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

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

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

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

Frank Speir

Prime Purchase

‘I don’t care what anyone says — being a good property adviser is fundamentally about integrity,’ says Speir. ‘If you are brutally honest with everyone you will give the best advice. We are not paid by our clients to tell… Read More

James Grillo

Humberts

‘It’s been an interesting year,’ says Grillo, who counts ‘families of famous billionaires, non-doms, international architects of note, hedge fund gurus, financiers and multigenerational landed families’ among his clients. A chartered surveyor with twenty years’ rural experience, Grillo has focused… Read More

James Wyatt

Barton Wyatt

Few agents stick to the patch where they grew up — literally. ‘I’m sitting where my cot was,’ chuckles Wyatt, director of the Virginia Water-based family firm he runs with his brother Rupert. The agency was founded by his grandfather,… 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

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

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

International

David Forbes

The Private Office, Savills

Few feel the pulse of global wealth like 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 option… 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

Mark Harvey

Knight Frank

International HNWs looking to sell or buy their secondary residences in France regularly call up the head of Knight Frank’s French network, which focuses on Provence, the Côte d’Azur, the south-west of the country and the Alps. Harvey says confidence… Read More

Michael Zingraf

MZ Christies

Although he considers London to be the ‘capital of the world’, family man Zingraf would never leave the Côte d’Azur for it. ‘[People are] smiling a little more than perhaps London or Paris.’ However, thanks to considerable growth in his… Read More

PADDY DRING

Knight Frank

Dring is a one-firm man: he’s been at Knight Frank for over a quarter of a century now (and some of his clients have been with him just as long). Over that time he’s seen the rise (and fall) of… Read More

Shirley Humphrey

Harrods Estates

While 2015 may have been relatively punishing for prospective international buyers in the London prime market, her team have been kept busy with loyal Middle East buyers, a growing Kazakh contingent and, increasingly, clients from China — a notoriously difficult… Read More

London Rising Stars

Claire Reynolds

Savills

Reynolds has property in her blood — and that’s far more than a cliché. Her twin sister Jo Eccles is the founder of boutique firm Sourcing Property Reynolds has also proven to be as entrepreneurial as her sibling. When she… Read More

Edo Mapelli Mozzi

Banda Property

Last year was a strong one for Mapelli Mozzi, with 40 acquisitions and 68 units under construction. Growth has given him the confidence and mandate to look outside the Hyde Park epicentre, acquiring and developing homes in places such as… Read More

James Gilbert-Green

Strutt & Parker

Gilbert-Green has had a strong few years, selling £100 millionworth of property to ‘the great and the good — lords and ladies, billionaire international businessmen, global superstar celebrities and top developers’. That’s without mentioning achieving record figures on Cadogan Square,… Read More

James Nightingall

James & James

Nightingall prides himself on founding the only dating agency in London that matches HNWs not with their potential soulmates, but with buying and estate agents — who are arguably a more difficult match to find. ‘We already know everything about… 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

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