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March 6, 2018updated 13 Mar 2018 12:15pm

Revealed: The leading property advisers of 2018

By Emelia Hamilton Russell

Welcome to our selection of the very best property advisers to help you whether you’re buying or selling, in a dormant London market or more buoyant rural areas

Readers might notice something different about this year’s Property Index. As before, it contains a thorough list of the top property advisers – but this time to reflect the abundance of talent at the top, we are publishing top ten lists of London buying and selling agents, as well as a country top ten.

There are thus several new entries in the top lists. James Gilbert-Green, who has just moved from Strutt & Parker to Savills, makes the top ten selling agents. So does Lichfields’ Ed Tryon, who’s handling some of the capital’s chunkiest off-plan new-build deals. GLP Fine Properties’ founder Giuliana La Pera Davies (pictured left) is another new entry on the overall list, with a focus on UNHW buyers requiring ‘paparazzi-proof’ properties. Meanwhile, Jo Eccles returns to the Index after a rebrand of her company, now called SP Property.

We also have mainstays in the index, such as Prime Purchase’s Guy Meacock, who tells us: ‘Although we are not expecting 2018 to be a record breaker there is a sense that some buyers will see this year as a chance to get off the fence.’ Other stalwarts of the Top Ten on the buying side include Naomi Heaton of London Central Portfolio who is also confident of future growth; Nathalie Hirst who is described by a peer as ‘incredibly hard-working’; and Richard and Sophie Rogerson who have seen an increase in clients wanting lateral living in the past year.

We’ve also grown our legal section, which now includes Sonal Thakrar of Mishcon de Reya, the ‘dynamite conveyancer’ who impressed with a number of complex, high-value transactions.

That’s not to say there aren’t mainstays across the Index, including the evergreen Peter Wetherell, who scooped up our 2017 Property Adviser of the Year Award.

On the whole, 2017 was bleak, even for our gilded 57. Andy Buchanan – ‘Mr Chelsea’ as he’s known – is one of many who think that it’s not so much Brexit that’s to blame, but rather stamp duty and low stock: ‘Brexit is an excuse for people not to do something, but actually what’s behind it all is that there’s very little temptation,’ he says.

The good news is that the market looks set to bottom out this year – that’s according to many out of the advisers we asked, although there remain some cautionary voices, among them Tryon, who take a less optimistic view. Outside the capital, the outlook is cheerier: experienced country hands such as Alex Lawson rejoice as buyers from the financial sector return after ‘practically disappearing’ post-Lehman.

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It’s a nuanced picture, and these advisers have never been more necessary. ‘You wouldn’t go into court and represent yourself’, says Camilla Dell of Black Brick, a three-time nominee for Spear’s Property Adviser of the Year. ‘Why on earth would you embark on such an important transaction without representation?’

Spear’s is wary of concrete forecasts for 2018. Instead, we put our faith in the specialised wisdom gleaned from the best in the business. All our chosen few are worth their weight in gold – so perhaps the best bet for now is to be bold and give one a call. As Dell says, ‘You can’t afford not to.’

Top ten London buying

Robert Bailey Robert Bailey Properties

Camilla Dell Black Brick

Naomi Heaton London Central Portfolio

Nathalie Hirst Nathalie Hirst

Tracy Kellett BDI Home Finders

Guy Meacock Prime Purchase

Richard & Sophie Rogerson RFR

Roarie Scarisbrick Property Vision

Alex Stroud Alex Stroud Property Search

Ed Tryon Lichfields

Top ten London selling

Trevor Abrahmsohn Glentree International

Andy Buchanan John D Wood

Rupert des Forges Knight Frank

James Gilbert-Green Savills

Gary Hersham Beauchamp Estates

Jonathan Hewlett Savills

Louise Hewlett Louise Hewlett-Properties

Jake Russell Russell Simpson

Thomas Van Straubenzee & Rory Penn Knight Frank

Peter Wetherell Wetherell

Top ten country specialists

Philip Eddell Savills

Jonathan Harington Haringtons

Ed Heaton Heaton & Partners

Clive Hopkins Knight Frank

Tom Hudson Middleton Advisors

Alex Lawson Savills

Andrew Macpherson CKD

Mark McAndrew Strutt & Parker

Rupert Sweeting Knight Frank

Charlie Wells Prime Purchase

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