Residential property

Bespoke, pragmatic advice through every step of the process.

Buying or selling property can be an exciting yet stressful experience, particularly in today’s turbulent economic climate and unsettled real estate market. By nature, it can also involve very tight deadlines and complex structures. Whether you are purchasing your main residence or widening your property portfolio, the conveyancing process should be made as stress-free as possible by instructing trusted advisers who can offer you high quality, tailored advice.

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Make an enquiry Bespoke, pragmatic advice through every step of the conveyancing process.

Our Residential property team delivers an integrated and seamless service, drawing on expertise from across the Real estate practice to provide guidance on any property matter that you, as a private client based in the UK or overseas, may face.

On the residential side we advise on sales and purchases, funding and structuring for tax efficiency, leasehold enfranchisement, lease extension and residential lettings, with a special focus on prime and super prime London properties and substantial country houses. When it comes to your commercial property assets, we have the expertise to support you with sales and purchases and the full range of landlord and tenant issues.

We understand that each and every client is unique with specific objectives and priorities so we take the time to fully familiarise ourselves with these. We can then take you smoothly through the transaction, pre-empting and navigating any potential pitfalls and providing truly bespoke and pragmatic advice.

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We support our clients with individually tailored legal advice, in areas such as:

  • Buying and selling high value property.
  • Prime London property sales.
  • High value conveyancing.
  • Non- resident buyers in the UK.
  • Funding and structuring of properties.
  • Substantial country houses.
  • Landlord and tenant issues.
  • Stamp duty land tax.
  • Stamp duty land tax for non-resident buyers.
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    Home Ownership Attitudes and Aspirations 

    Home ownership remains the ultimate goal for ‘Generation Rent’ in London, yet with a growing market for rental ‘co-living’ schemes and a drop in the financial support available from Mum and Dad, it is no wonder that fewer 18-44 year olds now believe they will be buying a home in the next five years.

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    Find out more about our range of cost effective options for private rental sector landlords to remedy tenant breaches or re-take possession of their properties.

    STAMP DUTY LAND TAX FOR NON-RESIDENT BUYERS

    A helpful guide outlining the key aspects of the surcharge that was introduced on 1 April 2021.

    Recent experience

    • We advised a trust which holds a substantial commercial property portfolio in the UK through off-shore companies on its purchase of an office park consisting of 8 two-storey office buildings for £5m. Four of the eight units were let at the time of purchase so we advised on the terms of the occupational leases.  The transaction was partially funded through a loan from a Jersey-based bank so involved providing due diligence to the bank’s solicitors and dealing with their enquiries and requirements.

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      Advising a trust with a UK commercial property portfolio

      Janet Armstrong-FoxPartner - Head of Private Client Property

      Case study

      We advised a trust which holds a substantial commercial property portfolio in the UK through off-shore companies on its purchase of an office park consisting of 8 two-storey office buildings for £5m. Four of the eight units were let at the time of purchase so we advised on the terms of the occupational leases.  The transaction was partially funded through a loan from a Jersey-based bank so involved providing due diligence to the bank’s solicitors and dealing with their enquiries and requirements.

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    • We acted for a trust on the purchase of a block of twelve prime central London flats 18 years ago. Throughout their ownership, we advised the trust on tax planning and structuring, as well as negotiating the letting of the flats from time to time and providing other management input. Recently we acted for this longstanding trust client on the sale of the building for £17m, again involving tax advice, alongside the complex legal aspects and practicalities of the sale of a building subject to twelve tenancies.

      RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

      Purchase of prime central London flats

      Janet Armstrong-FoxPartner - Head of Private Client Property

      Case study

      We acted for a trust on the purchase of a block of twelve prime central London flats 18 years ago. Throughout their ownership, we advised the trust on tax planning and structuring, as well as negotiating the letting of the flats from time to time and providing other management input. Recently we acted for this longstanding trust client on the sale of the building for £17m, again involving tax advice, alongside the complex legal aspects and practicalities of the sale of a building subject to twelve tenancies.

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    • We acted for the overseas buyers of a £25m prime central London historic grade II listed Georgian house. As well as dealing with the legal aspects of the purchase and the financing and structuring of the transaction for maximum tax efficiency, we also coordinated the engagement of surveyors, architects, engineers and planning consultants to ensure the property was suitable for our clients’ proposed alterations. After completion of the purchase we negotiated the building contract, consultants’ appointments and warranties and advised throughout the building project in order to keep costs and timing on track and to deliver for our clients a finished property entirely in line with their expectations.

      RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

      Purchase and financing of historic central London house

      Janet Armstrong-FoxPartner - Head of Private Client Property

      Case study

      We acted for the overseas buyers of a £25m prime central London historic grade II listed Georgian house. As well as dealing with the legal aspects of the purchase and the financing and structuring of the transaction for maximum tax efficiency, we also coordinated the engagement of surveyors, architects, engineers and planning consultants to ensure the property was suitable for our clients’ proposed alterations. After completion of the purchase we negotiated the building contract, consultants’ appointments and warranties and advised throughout the building project in order to keep costs and timing on track and to deliver for our clients a finished property entirely in line with their expectations.

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