Best landed estate lawyers for HNWs

The best landed estate lawyers for high-net-worth individuals in 2022

The best landed estate lawyers for high-net-worth individuals in 2022

Welcome to the Spear’s ranking of the best landed estate lawyers for high-net-worth individuals. The list features our Top Recommended and Recommended agents

For high-net-worth individuals who own, or are hoping to own a landed estate, a lawyer is a necessity.

For issues ranging from tax to succession planning, residential development to diversification, and indeed, the overall management of an estate, the best landed estate lawyer can be invaluable to a client. In our current economic climate agriculture alone is rarely the most efficient way to run a large parcel of land. Letting land or outbuildings for industry or leisure, renewable energy projects, subsidised rewilding or development can all be positive and lucrative ways to use your land, and can all be made simpler and provide a better return with advice from a knowledgeable lawyer from the beginning.

The Spear’s index of landed estate lawyers contains names from the best established firms such as Simon Blackburn of Paynes Hicks Beach – established in 1730 and smoothing the affairs of landed families ever since – and Penny Elliot of Forsters, who are based in Mayfair but have deep knowledge of countryside affairs.

The highest calibre of landed estate lawyers will be best equipped to guide clients and unearth issues that would not have otherwise been considered. They can make all the difference in the effective management of an estate, whatever use it’s being put to in times of change.

In an effort to cut through the white noise, Spear’s examines and publishes annual rankings of the top private client advisers and service-providers to HNWs. These are drawn up on the basis of peer nominations, client feedback, telephone and face-to-face interviews, data supplied by firms, as well as extensive information gathered by the Spear’s editorial and research teams.

The advisers featured in the 2022 edition of the Spear’s Property Advisers Index are included in the table below, along with their ‘focus’.

Click on the individual names to be directed to more detailed profiles of each adviser in the digital version of the Spear’s 500.

To explore all the Spear’s indices, and to use our find-an-adviser tool to identify the private client adviser who is right for your specific requirements, go to the Spear’s 500 website.

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