Property Advisers

Spears 2020

NATHALIE HIRST

NATHALIE HIRST

Nathalie Hirst, Spear’s Property Adviser of the Year 2015, tells us she’s had to adapt after what she describes as being her ‘worst ever year in terms of acquisitions’. ‘The uncertainty in the market has paralysed people, and I did… Read More

TREVOR ABRAHMSOHN

GLENTREE INTERNATIONAL

From prime property to politics, Glentree’s Trevor Abrahmsohn can always be relied on to tell it like it is. Compared to some of his peers, he is unusually optimistic: ‘Over the past 18 months we have sold some £381 million… Read More

DAVID ADAMS

HUMBERTS

Humberts’ man in Mayfair has had a tough yet record-breaking year. For David Adams, the tax raids by the government that started the fall in the market have ‘predictably spread’. However, he tells Spear’s the super-prime market has started to… 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 deals. He now leads the residential team, acting for a variety of clients, both in… Read More

SASKIA ARTHUR

BOODLE HATFIELD

Few names are as prominent as Saskia Arthur’s in the world of prime landed estates law. The head of Boodle Hatfield’s residential practice is no stranger to complex acquisitions, having worked on some of the biggest rural and estate transactions… Read More

DEWEY ATKINS

LAKE & CO

When the phone rings on a Monday morning at property consultants Lake & Co, ‘it could be anyone, from somebody asking us to find or sell them a home up to £50 million in prime central London or the country,… Read More

HANNAH AYKROYD

AYKROYD & CO

If 2018 was a ‘cracking inaugural year’ for Hannah Aykroyd – who launched the eponymous Mayfair based Aykroyd & Co that March – then 2019 was the year she and her colleagues consolidated their early success. The boutique full-service property… Read More

ROBERT BAILEY

ROBERT BAILEY PROPERTIES

‘A little bit of grey hair is quite valuable at the moment,’ says Robert Bailey. ‘A lot of young people haven’t seen a bad market before. But it hasn’t been tough for us at all. We’ve had a really good… Read More

JAMES BAILEY

HENRY & JAMES

‘Now is the time to invest in prime central London,’ says James Bailey, chief executive of Henry & James. ‘After a short period of uncertainty, buyers are returning to the property market. London is still considered to be a safe… Read More

THOMAS BALASHEV

MONTAGUE PROPERTY

Montague property is an international real estate advisory firm, providing investment services to clients looking to maximise returns through real estate. Its founder Thomas Balashev is focused on building the brand internationally and working closely with clients who have more… Read More

AMANDA BASTIN

AMANDA BASTIN PROPERTY

The pursuit of high standards led Amanda Bastin to start her own firm in 2017. ‘I have always had the theory that I will find a property for someone no matter what the challenge,’ she says, ‘and that a client… Read More

MELANIE BENSON

HARBOTTLE & LEWIS

‘Busy and interesting’ is how newly appointed head of real estate Melanie Benson describes her last 12 months at Harbottle & Lewis. She took over from the venerable Robert Reilly, who led the team for 12 years. Despite the noticeable… Read More

ANDREW BERRY

PAYNE HICKS BEACH

Andrew Berry is the impressive and likeable head of the property department at Payne Hicks Beach, overseeing a broad range of work. On the residential side, Berry has 30 years’ experience in high-value property deals, and is recognised as being… Read More

HUGH BEST

LONDON CENTRAL PORTFOLIO

Hugh Best joined London Central Portfolio in 2004 to head up the property search and acquisitions department. ‘Through an active involvement in market research and financial analysis, I then moved on to structure the firm’s fund propositions alongside Naomi [Heaton]…. Read More

ALPA BHAKTA

BUTTERFIELD MORTGAGES

Alpa Bhakta joined Butterfield Private Bank in 2011 as head of property finance before taking up the role of managing director in 2017. Later that year, and following a strategic shift that saw Butterfield switch its UK focus squarely to… Read More

NIGEL BISHOP

RECOCO

Recoco’s chairman and MD Nigel Bishop has been operating in the South West for 45 years. ‘There aren’t many good houses and places and people that I haven’t come across in that time,’ he says. Recoco celebrates its 20th anniversary… Read More

ADRIAN BLACK

YOUHOME PROPERTY GURUS

‘YOUhome Property Gurus is a new category of estate agent that dramatically increases a home seller’s likelihood of selling,’ its founder Adrian Black tells Spear’s. Black founded the firm after noticing the London property sector was in need of an… Read More

SIMON BLACKBURN

PAYNE HICKS BEACH

Simon Blackburn is responsible for Payne Hicks Beach’s landed estates and rural property team, covering the acquisition, disposal and management of country houses, farms, estates, ‘and anything legal that goes with it.’ Particular specialisms include dealing with unregistered land, ‘old’… Read More

JONATHAN BRAMWELL

THE BUYING SOLUTION

‘A client once described me as a property secret agent, but without the Aston Martin,’ Jonathan Bramwell reveals to Spear’s in a recent catch-up. ‘The job is exciting and challenging and most of what I do is very discreet and… Read More

ANDREW & VALERIE BRECHER

BRECHER

‘Things are not so brilliant out there,’ says Valerie Brecher, half of the brother-and-sister team that founded the company. With over 60 years in property between them, the pair are joint senior partners. ‘There’s a certain nervousness in the market… Read More

NICHOLAS BRENT

DRUCES

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

DOROTHéE BRISDOUX

BARRATT LONDON

‘I think what it takes to be a good sales person is the ability to build empathy with your clients,’ says Dorothée Brisdoux, who has been working in international sales for Barratt London for two years. ‘The first reason people… Read More

GUY BROGDEN

BARWOOD CAPITAL

Barwood Capital’s executive chairman Guy Brogden tells Spear’s it’s been, ‘a fantastic year’ for the firm. ‘Our AuM under development has grown 50 per cent in the last 12 months,’ he explains, ‘and we now have 21 members of staff… Read More

ANDY BUCHANAN

JOHN D WOOD

For Andy Buchanan, 2018 was ‘very, very tough’. He tells Spear’s that the ‘awkward market’ at the top end of London property presented potential buyers with ‘very little temptation’. He says that the political climate has made it ‘difficult for… 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

‘Workplaces are changing and people aren’t as tied to London as they used to be,’ says Adam Buxton. ‘Broadband speeds are increasing all the time and fibre optic has been rolled out in what were quite remote areas, so people… Read More

THEA CARROLL

THEA CARROLL PROPERTY CONSULTANCY

‘Our core business is advising and acquiring residential property for private clients and investors in prime central London. In addition, we offer a rental search service as well as consultancy on landlord investments and disposal of assets,’ says Thea Carroll,… Read More

SIMON CHADOWITZ

MISHCON DE REYA

Having been made partner in 2018, Simon Chadowitz has had a good year. ‘One of my notable deals was the £120 million sale of Cannon Green – a 110,000 square foot mixed use building – for Jon Hunt, a well… Read More

VIC CHHABRIA

LONDON REAL ESTATE OFFICE

Vic Chhabria is managing director of London Real Estate Office, a boutique advisory service covering property in the desirable and exclusive areas of Regent’s Park, St John’s, Marylebone and Mayfair. ‘The PCL market is becoming more and more macro, with… Read More

ALEX CHRISTIAN

SAVILLS

Alex Christian is part of Savills Private Office, which specialises in providing UHNWs with a discreet service in selling or buying London’s most prized properties. ‘I’m part of a global team that prides itself on being able to cover every… Read More

STUART COLE

KNIGHT FRANK

When Spear’s speaks to Stuart Cole, he’s fresh from what sounds like a lively holiday doing the Cresta Run. ‘I’ve got bruises all over my body, and I can’t raise my right arm,’ he tells us . ‘But I feel… Read More

SARAH CONWAY

MAURICE TURNER GARDENER

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

DAVID COOPER

DAVID COOPER & CO

David Cooper’s profile as the ‘king of planning’ was enhanced in late 2018 when he won a landmark case in the Supreme Court (Franses v The Cavendish Hotel). The 5-0 ruling means that landlords’ ability to use redevelopment proposals to… Read More

EUSTACE COUTINHO

BARRATT LONDON

‘It is a privilege to represent Barratt London, the largest homebuilder in the country’ says Eustace Coutinho, who heads up the company’s Middle East and Indian markets. ‘I have been working in the international real estate market for more than… Read More

DANIEL DAGGERS

KNIGHT FRANK

When Spear’s speaks to Knight Frank’s Daniel Daggers, we ask him about his national headline-grabbing £95 million mansion sale near Buckingham Palace, but the adviser chooses to be discreet about the details. ‘It took three years’ is all he’ll say…. Read More

YOUSSEF DAOUD

ONE POINT SIX

Youssef Daoud speaks to Spear’s after seeing off a year of ‘significant growth’ at One Point Six, a partner company of The Collection specialising in complex development projects across the UK and abroad. Completing a Cadogan Gardens project in Chelsea… Read More

JAMES DAVIES

GLP FINE PROPERTIES

The super-discreet brokers behind some of London’s biggest off-market acquisitions, husband and wife team James and Giuliana La Pera Davies have a loyal UHNW following. Both Giuliana and James have been in the business more than 20 years. Their main… Read More

NICK DAVIES

MACKRELL.

Head of property at Mackrell, Nick Davies specialises in a variety of real estate transactions, including both residential and commercial property, shops, pubs, restaurants, development sites, offices, leases, enfranchisement, litigation and corporate support. He has particular experience in commercial landlord… Read More

CAMILLA DELL

BLACK BRICK

A four-time nominee for Spear’s Property Adviser of the Year, Camilla Dell is a powerhouse in London’s prime property sphere. Black Brick has prospered in a challenging market, with her leadership bringing in even more enquiries in the early months… Read More

BASIL DEMEROUTIS

FORE PARTNERSHIP

A triumphant Basil Demeroutis speaks to Spear’s after enjoying ‘another year of growth’ at FORE Partnership. The innovative property firm was born from the family office of eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll, on whose behalf Demeroutis has been investing for the… Read More

RUPERT DES FORGES

KNIGHT FRANK

Brexit and stamp duty might have dampened the property market in the past few years, but Rupert des Forges has witnessed ‘the greater resilience’ that prime central London developments possess within a challenging market. As a seasoned adviser, des Forges… 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

‘Encouraging and extremely rewarding,’ is how Paddy Dring describes his year, as it has allowed him to ‘provide best in class service’ to a wide range of international UHNWs. ‘The exceptional team spirit of the Knight Frank partnership structure is… Read More

PHILIP EASTWOOD

THE BUYING SOLUTION

Philip Eastwood is a long-standing partner at The Buying Solution, Knight Frank’s exclusive independent buying consultancy. ‘Because the number of clients we have is small, we can spend time and effort doing research and coming up with the information,’ explains… Read More

JO ECCLES

SP PROPERTY GROUP

Jo Eccles has spent the past 13 years building her business, from its initial beginnings as a pure buying agency back in 2006 into a search and management offering of the highest quality. ‘No client or requirement is the same,’… Read More

PHILIP EDDELL

SAVILLS

Philip Eddell is a linchpin of the rural market. He has forged an impressive career from his ability to assist HNWs run their mansions. ‘We are management consultants on country estates and complex houses – we are there to ensure… Read More

LULU EGERTON

STRUTT & PARKER (BNP PARIBAS REAL ESTATE)

‘I have enjoyed every minute of being back at the coal face in earnest,’ Strutt & Parker senior director Lulu Egerton tells Spear’s. Serving an international clientele that ranges from establishment figures to Rich List billionaires, Egerton has built a… 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 told Spear’s. ‘How best to control,… Read More

HUGH ELRINGTON

BARWOOD CAPITAL

‘We are a UK regional real estate investment and development specialist which invests, develops and asset manages in a fiduciary capacity on behalf of investors across all sectors of the UK regional market, from our Northampton base in the heart… 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 remain value, asset protection, education and the rule of law,’ says Farrer & Co partner Edmund Fetherston-Dilke, whose landed estates clients include the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall. He is seeing ‘more… Read More

JAMES FORBES

STRUTT & PARKER (BNP PARIBAS REAL ESTATE)

From his base in Sloane Street, James Forbes has registered a number of truly impressive record property sales for clients since first joining Strutt & Parker back in 2003. A senior director who has specialised in the market for the… Read More

DAVID FORBES

SAVILLS

Few feel the pulse of global wealth like David Forbes, who possesses perhaps the most enviable contacts book in world property. (Having more than 600 offices with 30,000 people around the globe at your fingertips can’t hurt.) ‘I don’t sell… 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 adviser has over 30 years’ experience in residential and commercial markets, advising… Read More

SIMON GARCIA

QUINTESSENTIALLY ESTATES

Simon Garcia began his career in the property sector when he joined Quintessentially Estates in 2008. Now partner, his area of expertise is in the London market, where he concentrates on representing clients throughout the buying process in the capital…. Read More

JAMES GILBERT-GREEN

SAVILLS

No property adviser would deny the market challenges of 2019, but Savills director James Gilbert-Green has successfully handled high value and high profile sales in the golden postcodes, including a historic Belgravia home on a garden square, a family townhouse… Read More

JOANNA GREENSLADE

BARWOOD CAPITAL

Joanna Greenslade, Barwood Capital’s founder and director of strategy & funding, was managing director from 2015-19 and responsible for recruiting both Hugh Elrington (now MD) and Guy Brogden (chairman) to their roles. Prior to that she was Barwood’s group finance… Read More

DAVID GWYTHER

BUTTERFIELD MORTGAGES

Formerly the acting head of credit at EFG Private Bank Limited, David Gwyther joined Butterfield Mortgages Limited in 2019 as Business Development Director. Butterfield Mortgages is a stand-alone, London-based residential mortgage lender focused on meeting the needs of HNW and… Read More

JONATHAN HARINGTON

HARINGTONS

Jonathan Harington’s has been a buying agent since 1986 and single -handedly created the purchasing arms of both Lane Fox (now Strutt & Parker) and Knight Frank. Having survived the rigours of 2018, Harington says it’s ‘bizarre’ that it was… 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 UK real estate. Set up in 2011, Imperial Blue has originated… Read More

TOM HARRIES

IMPERIAL BLUE

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

GUY HARRINGTON

GLENHAWK

‘There was a gap in the market for a specialist short term property lender who can provide new levels of transparency, simplicity and client service,’ Glenhawk CEO Guy Harrington tells Spear’s. In 2018, the firm was propped up by HNW… Read More

CASPAR HARVARD-WALLS

BLACK BRICK

Despite industry challenges, Black Bricks’ Caspar Harvard- Walls successfully acquired north of £50 million transactions in 2019, including a house in Kensington for £5 million, for which he negotiated a 20 per cent discount. His highlight however was the purchase… Read More

PHILIP HARVEY

PROPERTY VISION

Spear’s speaks to Philip Harvey a year after he became senior partner at Property Vision. It’s been a good 12 months, he says, adding that one can’t ignore ‘dark clouds gathering’ regarding China, the US and Brexit. However, Harvey is… Read More

MARK HARVEY

KNIGHT FRANK

Mark Harvey oversees the European Sales business at Knight Frank. ‘There are a fair few,’ he says of his proudest moments in 2019, but stresses that the most special ones always involve the professional calibre of his London team. ‘They… Read More

NAOMI HEATON

LONDON CENTRAL PORTFOLIO

‘I don’t think any area has been completely Brexit-proof,’ replies Naomi Heaton when asked if there have been any safe spots in the prime central London districts in which she specialises, post-referendum. ‘All property had to take a discount,’ adds… Read More

ED HEATON

HEATON & PARTNERS

‘We are one of very few firms who cover both London and the country, and cover it well,’ says Ed Heaton, co-founder and managing director of Heaton & Partners. ‘This year has been our best since setting up the business,’… Read More

GARY HERSHAM

BEAUCHAMP ESTATES

Many in the property world may be troubled by Brexit uncertainty, but Beauchamp Estates founder Gary Hersham is far from fazed, assuring us that transactions are on track. Significant recent sales include an exceptional Belgravia penthouse for £50 million, and… Read More

JONATHAN HEWLETT

SAVILLS

Jonathan Hewlett is celebrating his 25th year at Savills, which he joined after a career in theatre and TV. ‘I became a trusted adviser to several clients who sought advice on property sales and purchases, and I haven’t looked back,’… Read More

LOUISE HEWLETT

LOUISE HEWLETT PROPERTIES

Louise Hewlett attracts accolades shot through with awe, and even envy. ‘I wish I had her practice,’ says a peer. ‘She really is incredibly impressive,’ gushes another. Hewlett – a member of the elite prime London property market for more… Read More

CRISPIN HOLBOROW

SAVILLS

Crispin Holborow focuses on providing a versatile service at the very top end of the country market: ‘I work across both country houses and estates. At the beginning of a property search, I don’t believe buyers will always know whether… Read More

CLIVE HOPKINS

KNIGHT FRANK

‘The underlying theme is uncertainty,’ says Knight Frank’s Clive Hopkins. ‘No market reacts well to uncertainty’. Despite the observations, he reports ‘a hard but good year’. ‘Although there might be less properties available on the market, buyers are becoming much… 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

BERTIE HOSKYNS-ABRAHALL

WITHERS

Withers department co-head Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall is a talented lawyer who focuses on complex transactions involving farms, estates and families. ‘Expertise in advising on stamp duty land tax planning has been in particularly high demand’, he says. Transactional behaviour continues to… Read More

TOM HUDSON

MIDDLETON ADVISORS

Once dubbed ‘the most proactive buyer in Hampshire’, Tom Hudson isn’t seeing business slowing in the lead-up to Brexit. ‘Enquiry levels for new clients hasn’t changed at all,’ he tells Spear’s. The country market has remained robust, he says, as… 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 a difficult market by seeing a silver lining in uncertainty. ‘This is a time where good buying agents can demonstrate their expertise and secure the best value for clients,’ he… Read More

ANDREW KAFKARIS

BRUTON OF SLOANE STREET

Bruton of Sloane Street’s Andrew Kafkaris reports yet another good year for the boutique property management firm. He has recently received ‘fabulous instructions’ from clients new and old, which have resulted in a 20 per cent hike in both revenue… Read More

TOM KAIN

BLACK BRICK

It’s been six years since Tom Kain joined Black Brick’s dynamic London team, and he’s already passed the £100 million mark for acquisitions, notably excelling in the PCL market. ‘As a senior member of the team with over 11 years’… Read More

KIRPAL KAUR

MISHCON DE REYA

‘My route to being a lawyer was not a conventional one,’ says Kirpal Kaur. ‘I started at the firm as a personal assistant when I was studying law with two young children. I’ve stayed at Mishcon since then, and have… Read More

TREVOR KEARNEY

SAVILLS

‘It’s been a stellar year!’ enthuses Trevor Kearney. ‘The North Surrey area and the private estates of Wentworth, St George’s Hill and the Crown Estate are all performing incredibly well, and we’ll finish well ahead of last year.’ The Savills… Read More

TRACY KELLETT

BDI HOME FINDERS

Tracy Kellett founded BDI Home Finders in 2006 with the aim of providing a bespoke service for clients looking to buy in London and the South East. Clients commend her personal approach, bolstered by a deep understanding of the market… 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

GIULIANA LA PERA DAVIES

GLP FINE PROPERTIES

Giuliana La Pera Davies founded GLP Fine Properties in 2007, and now runs the business with her husband James. Between them, they are among the best-connected brokers in London and handle some of the most notable off-market transactions in the… 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

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

Mark Levine’s career in law began at a small boutique firm in the City, where he qualified ‘at the height of the early-2000s property boom’. It was an exciting time, he recalls. ‘I enjoyed the cut and thrust, but rue… Read More

JAMES LIFFEN

MISHCON DE REYA

Alongside the downturn in prime central London property, there is also a pent up demand, with a huge number of buyers circling in a bid to work out when would be the best time to grab a Brexit bargain, says… Read More

LINHUA LIU

BARRATT LONDON

Barratt is the UK’s market-leading residential developer and the largest help-to-buy provider in the country. It is not only a top UK 100 listed company, but also a multi-award-winning quality design house builder that cares about creating new sustainable communities… Read More

JAMES MACKENZIE

STRUTT & PARKER (BNP PARIBAS REAL ESTATE)

As the head of Strutt & Parker’s country house department, James Mackenzie oversees a handpicked team to handle the most important rural homes in the United Kingdom. ‘I assist the regional offices in winning these instructions, handling the marketing and… Read More

ANDREW MACPHERSON

CKD

‘Never has writing out such a large cheque given me so much pleasure,’ a client testimonial reads, praising the skills that Andrew Macpherson and his team at CKD deployed to complete a successful transaction. Founding director Macpherson has spent 36… Read More

NICHOLAS MAESTRI

BARGATE MURRAY

A highly regarded residential property lawyer specialising in UHNW portfolios in London, Nicholas Maestri joined Bargate Murray in April 2018 to set up its high-end residential property department. ‘I knew immediately that the firm’s ethos matched my own: a bespoke… 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 residential property law, Simon Mapstone advises in relation to acquisitions, secured lending and property investment. With over 35 years experience, he is one of the most respected advisers operating in the Kensington & Chelsea and… Read More

JOSEPH MAZZUCCA

SHOOSMITHS

‘We’ve had a cracking year,’ Joseph Mazzucca reports to Spear’s. The Shoosmiths partner works in Shoosmiths’ esteemed property team, which for the first time was listed in The Lawyer’s global 50 (ranking second) and currently holds the title of real… Read More

MARK MCANDREW

STRUTT & PARKER (BNP PARIBAS REAL ESTATE)

Mark McAndrew, a Mayfair-based senior director for national estates at Strutt & Parker, tells us that the property market is still feeling the ‘hard hit’ of George Osborne’s 2014 tax reforms. He also notes the drop in prices that began… Read More

CHARLES MCDOWELL

CHARLES MCDOWELL PROPERTIES

Set up in 2002, Charles McDowell Properties has been a fixture of the property landscape ever since. ‘We’ve always sold and always bought, so we’ve seen a lot of fluctuations,’ explains McDowell. The firm works with private banks in the… Read More

RORY MCMULLEN

SAVILLS

Rory McMullen is a key member of Savills Cross Border investment team and Private Office, acting as a point of contact for international UHNWs and their global real estate needs. ‘We are still seeing a huge weight of capital from… Read More

GUY MEACOCK

PRIME PURCHASE

‘It feels like a market for the few, not the many’, Guy Meacock says of 2019, during which stock has been in ‘acutely’ short supply. ‘Searches are taking longer, buyers are taking their time’, he says, ‘while at the top… Read More

THOMAS MORAN

CHARLES RUSSELL SPEECHLYS

Despite a difficult market, partner Thomas Moran has enjoyed a string of rewarding instructions this year so far. While the regions continue to see higher levels of activity than London, he notes that the capital is starting to show signs… 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 is Quintessentially Estates’ CEO. Part of luxury lifestyle concierge Quintessentially Group, it was founded in 2007, and offers property search and acquisition, marketing, sales and lettings and home management services. ‘It started as there was a clear demand… Read More

PAUL MUNFORD

MCIFA PROPERTY FINANCE

‘London remains the number one investment for global HNWs,’ Paul Munford says, as one of few with an insider’s view. Post-Brexit prices have made the city even better value for money, especially for those with dollars or euros. He warns,… Read More

HUGH MURPHY

KEYSTONE LAW

‘It has been a very busy year, with some notable client wins – and, despite the uncertainty created by Brexit, clients who are interested in transacting are on the whole looking to get on with it,’ says Hugh Murphy of… Read More

ALEX NEWALL

HANOVER PRIVATE

‘A poor market is a good time for quality to shine,’ says Alex Newall, managing director of Hanover Private, who has been with the firm since September 2019. ‘The bottom of the cycle is a great time to invest for… Read More

SIMON NOSWORTHY

OSBORNES LAW

‘Bearing in mind the economic pressures on the market, we’ve had a surprisingly positive year,’ says Simon Nosworthy. Osbornes Law’s head of property says he has spent his time working on repeat work from existing clients and recommendations, adding: ‘We… 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

GEORGINA PEECH

BOLD & REEVES

‘A recurrent theme among clients over the past few years has been ‘a desire for more service orientated offerings rather than transactional,’ notes Georgina Peech, business development manager at prestigious property management firm Bold & Reeves. ‘People are starting to… Read More

RORY PENN

KNIGHT FRANK

The Private Office at Knight Frank – which Rory Penn and Thomas van Straubenzee have been co-directing since March 2018, having co-founded VanHan together in 2012 – has attracted more than £400 million of new instructions since its launch. Penn… Read More

CHARLES PENNY

KNIGHT FRANK

Charles Penny’s career took him on a journey from a boutique agency in Oxfordshire to overseeing super prime transactions at Knight Frank’s London office. Today, he works within the firm’s Private Office function, which caters exclusively to UHNW private clients… Read More

ANDREW PHILLIPS

HAMPTONS WEALTH PARTNERSHIP

Global director of the Wealth Partnership at Hamptons International, Andrew Phillips heads a private dedicated office that offers one-to-one engagement for HNWs and UHNWs and their property requirements, from private residential homes to building portfolios. Phillips, who has 30 years’… Read More

IAN PIDGEON

KNIGHT FRANK

Ian Pidgeon started his career 25 years ago, selling houses in West London to celebrities wanting to live near the BBC studios in West London. He moved on to concentrating on the city’s ‘golden postcodes’ at Savills, before joining the… 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

SIMON PRING

FARRER & CO

Simon Pring’s ability to strategise and guide his clients through the process of agricultural and rural development is second to none. Pring, who boasts over 30 years of experience in advising major institutions, charities and private estates on all aspects… 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,’ said Simon Pring, who leads Farrer’s estates team. The impact of Brexit on the… Read More

ALASDAIR PRITCHARD

KNIGHT FRANK

Alasdair Pritchard forms part of Knight Frank’s Private Office and will celebrate his 10th anniversary at the firm this year. He had an eventful start to his career under the expert guidance of Knight Frank heavyweight Rupert Sweeting, selling waterfront… Read More

JOE RAI

DEVLIN MCGREGOR

Joe Rai had already established himself as a prominent UK businessman before establishing Devlin McGregor with Richard Thomson, having previously served as a ‘highly successful’ commercial director within the family steel business. Devlin McGregor focuses on property requirements for HNW… Read More

JEREMY RAJ

IRWIN MITCHELL

This has been Jeremy Raj’s first full year as national head of Irwin Mitchell’s residential property team. ‘We’ve reset our strategy, analysed our strengths and weaknesses, and come together as a unified team with clear goals,’ he says. ‘It’s been… Read More

MICHAEL RANSON

FALCON CHAMBERS

‘We’re seeing lots of highvalue 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

JUHA RAYMOND

BRUTON OF SLOANE STREET

Juha Raymond co-founded the investment division of Bruton Realty with business partner Andrew Kafkaris in 2015, and is a well-respected adviser on London real estate. He’s worked across a spectrum of commercial and residential investment affairs in the alternative assets… Read More

CAROLINE ROBERJOT

ADAMS & REMERS

A tier-one counsel to UHNWs, developers, and banks when it comes to prime UK transactions, Adams & Remers’ partner Caroline Roberjot has built a strong network of clients, family offices, trust companies and banks over the past 21 years –… Read More

SAMI ROBERTSON

KNIGHT FRANK

‘A lot of pent-up demand,’ reports Knight Frank’s Kensington office head Sami Robertson, when asked about current trends in the prime central London property market. ‘We have experienced a 53.2 per cent increase in buyer registration,’ he says, ‘people are… Read More

ANDREW ROBINSON

ARC & CO

Andrew heads up the Arc & Co group, a specialist asset finance advisory firm based in Mayfair, London and Oxfordshire. Robinson ensures that each client benefits from the breadth, and not just the depth of the company’s debt knowledge and… Read More

PETER ROBINSON

HUNTERS LAW LLP

‘Every completion, however big or small, is a moment of joy,’ says Peter Robinson, joint head of the property team at Hunters. And it’s nice to hear such a leading trusted advisor talk about the intimacy of all property deals…. Read More

RICHARD & SOPHIE ROGERSON

RFR

It has been another successful year for RFR – crowned Property Adviser of the Year at the Spear’s Wealth Management Awards 2018. The firm has become an established fixture of the private client world, holding its own in the face… Read More

JEREMY ROLLASON

SAVILLS

‘There is a progressive move to higher-quality projects,’ says Jeremy Rollason, who heads up Savills Ski. The global demand for real estate in the Alps continues to rise, he says, pointing to a spike in activity in the family office… Read More

SIMON ROSS

SEDDONS

Protection of assets is of utmost importance to all practitioners at Seddons, who are specialised in addressing the complex needs and multi-jurisdictional portfolios of HNW individuals and families. Simon Ross is managing partner of the firm and a member of… Read More

JAKE RUSSELL

RUSSELL SIMPSON

With Russell Simpson celebrating its 40th birthday, Jake Russell and his team are in excellent spirits. ‘The firm has had over £300 million-worth of sales over the last year or so, and a good handful of those have been high-end,… Read More

ALAN 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

ROARIE SCARISBRICK

PROPERTY VISION

An art history graduate, Roarie Scarisbrick joined Property Vision in 2004, spending his first year on a scooter whizzing from A to Z, looking at nearly 1,000 properties. He tells Spear’s that more than ever his clients – in a… Read More

HENRY SHERWOOD

THE BUYING AGENTS

Henry Sherwood is the managing director of The Buying Agents, a specialist firm aimed at acquiring exceptional homes and property in some of London’s most desirable locations. Totally independent, it works for private clients seeking to buy and rent in… Read More

BILL SHIPTON

BOLD & REEVES

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

JESS SIMPSON

JESS SIMPSON PROPERTY SEARCH

‘It’s been my best year ever,’ says Jess Simpson, who bought £80 million-worth of prime property and bagged ‘the biggest country deal’ in terms of estate in 2018. Simpson has seen an upsurge in the number of Londoners moving to… Read More

STEVE SMITH

SMITH GREENFIELD

The CEO of Smith Greenfield, 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 since. A… Read More

PHILIPPA SOMERSET

SOMERSET ESTATES

‘At Somerset Estates, our property and home management service is personal,’ says Philippa Somerset, director of Somerset Estates. ‘We provide a unique and tailored approach to suit all of our clients’ different needs and lifestyles, for both UK and overseas… Read More

HARVEY SONING

JAMES ANDREW INTERNATIONAL

A seasoned professional who has seen it all during a 60-year career in commercial property, Harvey Soning set up James Andrew International in 1974, expanding over 45 years to become a truly global property advisory service. Specialising in the sale,… Read More

ALEX STROUD

ALEX STROUD PROPERTY SEARCH

‘I still am a one-man band,’ the energetic Alex Stroud tells Spear’s. Asked how he has single-handedly acquired more than 170 properties over the past 10 years, he says, ‘I’m just a workaholic; it’s as simple as that.’ Office hours… Read More

ED SUGDEN

SAVILLS

Ed Sugden has prospered in the Savills Country House department despite ‘tough climes’ nationwide. Sugden has sold more properties over £5 million outside the Home Counties than any other agent. A significant proportion of these were sold off-market, an area… Read More

RUPERT SWEETING

KNIGHT FRANK

‘Although less property is being listed, more buyers are registering,’ reveals Rupert Sweeting, the go-to expert for selling a country house. He has also noticed a ‘distinct increase’ in international HNWs taking advantage of a weak pound. ‘If you are… Read More

CAROLINE TAKLA

THE COLLECTION

A decade has passed since the inception of Caroline Takla’s buying boutique The Collection, which currently holds mandates on £98 million-worth of searches and a similar level of managed sales for some of the most complex global citizens with their… Read More

ASEL TALIPOVA

BARRATT LONDON

Asel Talipova is the international sales manager at Barratt London, developing relationships with buyers, property agents, private bankers and wealth managers in Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkey. ‘I also connect buyers with the best advisors for mortgage, tax and conveyancing,’ Talipova… Read More

SONAL THAKRAR

MISHCON DE REYA

Partner and head of residential property Sonal Thakrar is known for her energy and charm, with her Mishcon de Reya clients describing her as ‘fast-paced and hard-working’, ‘absolutely terrific and extraordinarily nice.’ She prides herself on an ability to think… Read More

HUGO THISTLETHWAYTE

SAVILLS

As head of international residential at Savills, Hugo Thistlethwayte has presided over another period of expansion. ‘Our acquisition of Aguirre Newman in Spain and Portugal has considerably increased our presence in those countries,’ he explains. Talking with Thistlethwayte, one notes… Read More

RICHARD THOMSON

DEVLIN MCGREGOR

Richard Thomson has a career spanning more than 35 years, boasting an exceptionally deep connection to the prime real estate market as well as commanding a high level of respect from peers within the industry. For several years Thomson worked… Read More

ED TRYON

LICHFIELDS

‘Over the last 15 years, I have represented some of the world’s wealthiest people. In the last 24 hours I have met with one of the top 20 in the world, and had several conversations with the foreign office of… Read More

JOHNNY TURNBULL

TURNBULL PROPERTY ACQUISTION

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

‘Knight Frank’s Private Office is a fully integrated residential and commercial real estate advisory team, advising and transacting for HNW clients and family offices,’ says Thomas van Straubenzee of his role. ‘Our clients look to us for expert advice and… Read More

SABAYA VERGER

STRUTT & PARKER (BNP PARIBAS REAL ESTATE)

Strutt & Parker’s associate director of residential lettings Sabaya Verger is beaming at the end of a stellar year in business during which she billed more than twice her target. ‘This year has been a tremendous success for both my… Read More

JAMES VERNOR-MILES

HUNTERS LAW

‘My HNW clients range from lords and ladies, captains of industry, international individuals, solicitors and barristers, charities, other law firms… the full range!’ says James Vernor- Miles – a partner in the property department of Hunters Law, and head of… 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

London property has slipped into ‘uncharted territories’, says the straight-talking Ross Ward of Pereds, a firm which boasts a 50 year heritage. ‘I don’t know what’s going on. Do you?’ he laughs. Uncertainty has worried many of Pereds’ clients, with… Read More

JULIEN WARD

SAVILLS

‘The Private Office provides HNW individuals and their advisers a discreet link into the wider world of Savills and our extensive business streams and service lines,’ says Julien Ward, associate director for the Private Office at the firm, who was… Read More

TRISTAN WARD

BDB PITMANS

Former Macfarlanes man Tristan Ward joined BDB Pitmans’ team to expand his expertise in regulatory landscapes in the farm and estates sphere. It’s all about the real thing for Ward, who until 2017 owned a 700-acre farm in Kent. ‘It… Read More

CHRISTIAN WARMAN

TEDWORTH PROPERTY

Christian Warman enjoyed a ‘very good’ start to 2019, having been involved in the sale of a £9.5 million house in Kensington and a substantial flat in Belgravia. ‘Expatriates returning from the Middle and Far East are taking advantage of… Read More

WILL WATSON

THE BUYING SOLUTION

Will Watson joined the company as the head of London for The Buying Solution, Knight Frank’s independent buying arm set up in 2004 to provide service to applicants, contacts and clients who value independent advice when buying residential property. The… Read More

ALAN WAXMAN

LANDMASS PRIVATE OFFICE

‘Making money in property when you buy your own home or investment has become increasingly more challenging due to market conditions. To take advantage of this situation, Landmass has launched an exclusively unmodernised sourcing service for private clients and investors,’… Read More

PAUL WELCH

LARGEMORTGAGELOANS.COM

‘Our specialist area of HNW lending has seen incredible success this year,’ says Paul Welch, founder of largemortgageloans.com. ‘We have worked on some of our largest transactions ever, sealing deals over £100 million across a range of assets including real… Read More

CHARLIE WELLS

PRIME PURCHASE

Charlie Wells’ proudest moment last year was finding a farming estate, off-market, in a prime part of the Cotswolds for a HNW buyer who had been looking for nearly four years, and finding and buying a country estate for one… Read More

DOMINIC WERTHEIMER

LORNHAM

‘Clients trust me as their go-to person for everything in London, and therefore it is always a long term relationship,’ says Dominic Wertheimer. Having been in the industry for almost 20 years, he was one of the first agents to… Read More

RUPERT WERTHEIMER

LORNHAM

Lornham has enjoyed a ‘superb’ year, according to Rupert Wertheimer, who heads the property management part of the business. ‘We have taken on a substantial amount of new clients, particularly both property management (for landlords) and block management mandates,’ he… Read More

PETER WETHERELL

WETHERELL

‘No one knows Mayfair better,’ says Peter Wetherell, who’s worked for nearly four decades on ‘bringing residential life back to Mayfair’ via sales, lettings, professional services, developments and new homes consultancy and marketing. ‘I liken Mayfair to a club,’ he… Read More

GEOFF WILFORD

WILFORDS

Geoff Wilford celebrates 20 years in the prime central London market this year. He sold in excess of £200 million worth of property between 2006 and 2009 before launching his own firm in 2011 with Simon Welfare, and is one… Read More

CHARLIE WILLIS

CHARLIE WILLIS LONDON

Charlie Willis has top tips for navigating a tough market, especially within London’s upper echelons. ‘We had to remain flexible in our approach to ensure clients receive the very best results,’ the senior director says. Accurate pricing is of greater… 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 few years. The department co-head notes that ‘disappointed beneficiaries’ are the biggest potential pitfall for an… Read More

MICHAEL ZINGRAF

MZ CHRISTIES

An exclusive affiliate of Christie’s, Michael Zingraf has been selling and renting luxury property and ‘prestigious’ apartments in South East France for more than 40 years. Although he considers London to be the ‘capital of the world’, family man Zingraf… Read More