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The best landed estate lawyers

The best landed estate lawyers

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

For high-net-worth individuals who own, or are looking to buy a landed estate, a lawyer is essential.

For issues ranging from tax to succession planning,  residential development, diversification and the overall management of an estate, the right lawyer can be invaluable to their client.

The best will be able to guide clients and unearth issues that might not have been considered previously. They can make all the difference in the effective management of an estate.

Spear’s 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 information gathered by the Spear’s editorial and research teams.

The advisers featured in the 2021 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 on (The table is ordered by ranking and then alphabetically by surname.)

RankingNameFirm nameFocus
Top RecommendedSimon BlackburnPayne Hicks BeachAcquisition, disposal and management
Top RecommendedPenny ElliottForstersEntrepreneurial clients
Top RecommendedEdmund Fetherston-DilkeFarrer & CoResidential and rural property
Top RecommendedAndrew LaneForstersTaxation and succession planning
Top RecommendedJames Vernor-MilesHunters LawComplex, high-value property
Top RecommendedTristan WardBDB PitmansFarms and estates regulation
Top RecommendedMatthew WoodsWithersAgricultural estates

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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