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The best property lawyers

The best property lawyers

Welcome to the Spear’s ranking of the best lawyers for prime property. The list features our Top Flight, Top Recommended and Recommended advisers

For high-net-worth individuals looking to buy and sell prime residential property, it’s important to have an expert lawyer who can comb through the fine print and sort out knotty issues.

The best property lawyers can help to deal with everything from negotiating transactions, structuring bespoke arrangements and putting together important documentation.

A well-placed property lawyer will fight your corner, help solve (or dissolve) conflicts that might arise and tailor a specific approach to your unique situation.

This is particularly important when it comes to the complex and competitive prime property market.

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 property lawyers featured in the 2021 edition of the Spear’s Property Advisers Index are included in the table below, along with their Spear’s ranking and ‘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 FlightLaura ConduitFarrer & CoPCL residential
Top FlightIan CookeKeystone LawInternational UHNWs
Top FlightDavid CooperDavid Cooper & CoPlanning
Top FlightJames LiffenMishcon de ReyaComplex transactions
Top FlightSimon PringFarrer & CoLand ownership
Top FlightSakhjit RandhawaKeystone LawHigh value transactions
Top FlightSonal ThakrarMishcon de ReyaSuper-prime properties
Top RecommendedTom AllfreeWedlake BellResidential conveyancing
Top RecommendedSaskia ArthurBoodle HatfieldResidential property
Top RecommendedLucy BarberForstersEnfranchisement claims
Top RecommendedMelanie BensonHarbottle & LewisResidential and commercial
Top RecommendedAndrew BerryPayne Hicks BeachHigh-value deals
Top RecommendedNicholas BrentDrucesCommercial property
Top RecommendedJames BunkerVardagsInternational UHNWs
Top RecommendedSimon ChadowitzMishcon de ReyaHigh-value transactions
Top RecommendedSarah ConwayMaurice Turnor GardnerHigh-value transactions
Top RecommendedEmma CopestakePayne Hicks BeachMiddle eastern families
Top RecommendedNick DaviesTBCCommercial landlords and tenants
Top RecommendedChloe Devall-DouglasChild & ChildPrime residential property
Top RecommendedElaine DobsonTaylor WessingHigh-value transactions
Top RecommendedJohn DowningKeystone LawPrime central London
Top RecommendedBertie Hoskyns-AbrahallWithersEstates and farms
Top RecommendedKirpal KaurMishcon de ReyaCommercial real estate
Top RecommendedMark LevineSimons Muirhead BurtonInvestment, development and finance
Top RecommendedPaddy LynamBDB PitmansCountry estates and farms
Top RecommendedHelen MarshForstersHigh-value transactions
Top RecommendedJoseph MazzuccaShoosmithsInvestment, development and finance
Top RecommendedThomas MoranCharles Russell SpeechlysPrime residential property
Top RecommendedHugh MurphyKeystone LawPCL and country estates
Top RecommendedChris MyersForstersInternational residential property
Top RecommendedSimon NosworthyOsbornes LawResidential conveyancing transactions
Top RecommendedJeremy RajIrwin MitchellLondon and the South East
Top RecommendedZach ReynoldsChild & ChildHigh-end conveyancing
Top RecommendedCaroline RoberjotAdams & RemersTrophy properties
Top RecommendedPeter RobinsonHunters LawCommercial and property investment
Top RecommendedSimon RossSeddonsResidential real estate
Top RecommendedJohn StephensonBDB PitmansResidential landlords & tenants
Top RecommendedHenry StuartWithersComplex, multi-jurisdictional property
RecommendedHema AnandBDB PitmansLeasehold reform
RecommendedEdward BurtonMaurice Turnor GardnerPrime and super-prime properties
RecommendedNicholas MaestriBargate MurrayUHNW and HNW portfolios
RecommendedSimon MapstoneGoodman DerrickResidential property
RecommendedCharles MievilleForstersResidential acquisitions and disposals
RecommendedJudith ParkAshfords SolicitorsResidential property
Rising StarAdam Whitfield-JonesForstersFreehold and leasehold transactions

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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The best selling agents for prime London property

The best buying agents for prime London property

The best country specialists: agents for prime rural property

The best providers of property investment, finance & private office services

The best landed estate lawyers

The best providers of prime property management services