Matthew Woods


‘As well as new-client wins, 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… Read More

Tristan Ward


An expert in regulatory landscapes, it’s all about the real thing for Tristan Ward. Until this year, he owned a 700-acre farm in Kent, so has profound practical knowledge of rural property. ‘It is amazing how often the client or… Read More

Simon Pring

Farrer & Co

‘There has been a huge shift towards bringing forward housing development. The majority of estates have seen at least some opportunities, and some have very major developments planned,’ says Simon Pring, who leads Farrer’s estates team. Although the impact of… Read More

Thomas Moran

Charles Russell Speechlys

‘After a slow summer, activity has picked up’, says Thomas Moran, who was with Speechly Bircham for ten years before its merger with Charles Russell. Moran advises a ‘healthy mix’ of clients, specialising in the London property market. It’s been… Read More

Rupert Mead


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

Andrew Lane


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

Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall


‘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, who has experience as a landowner and… 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 the… Read More

Penny Elliott


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

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