Gary Hersham Q&A

What are the main challenges and/or opportunities in your sector at the moment? How would you characterise them? The existing UK Stamp Duty regime continues to dampen the market, both for national and international clients, while capital restrictions in other… Read More

Mark Freedman

Osbornes Law

Osbornes’ managing partner Mark Freedman is clear why HNWs should choose his firm: ‘A first class service from a team of lawyers who are ranked as a leading family department in London, and who hold external accreditations of excellence.’ Freedman… 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

David Adams


‘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

Alex Christian


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

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

Geoff Wilford


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

Ross Ward


‘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

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

Becky Fatemi


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