Farrer & Co LLP

Real Estate: High Value Residential Department

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Farrer & Co is widely regarded as "the premier law firm in London" for high-value property transactions. One agent remarks: "I think that they are really excellent and they know absolutely everything. They are a delight to work with," adding that "they are the best of the firms out there."

Another buying agent states that "they are the hardest-working residential team I have ever come across," before continuing: "They are the best of the best and they have always been phenomenal. You know, without a shadow of a doubt, that they will be there for you the whole way." Another agent agrees, saying: "They go above and beyond in every sense; they are willing to go the extra mile for clients."

Notable practitioners

Annabel Dean
assists clients with high-value residential property matters. "She is very easy to deal with and is a good problem solver regarding technical surveying issues," says one interviewee. Another comments: "She is good - calm under pressure, efficient and communicative." A peer notes that "she is helpful, polite and knowledgeable."

Edmund Fetherston-Dilke
is well regarded for advising high net worth clients on complex property transactions, with one estate agent noting: "He has a real expertise in the landed estates arena." Another agent remarks:"He is a fountain of knowledge and provides superb counsel to our clients. His depth of knowledge of all things residential, farming and land related never fails to impress our clients." The agent adds: "He has a superb ability to find solutions to seemingly impossible transaction issues." A market insider enthuses that "he brings a huge amount of gravitas to a deal."

Francesca Steel
is "a real rising star," according to a market insider. She advises high net worth clients on residential property transactions and secured lending matters. An estate agent says: "She is someone I would watch out for as she has all the right qualities - she is responsive, quick and very intelligent." Another industry source explains: "She is younger than the big names but she has so much energy. She is very forthright, seriously bright, and excellent for complex matters."

Hugh Wigzell
advises clients on high-value residential property transactions. One estate agent comments: "Although he is a bit younger, he is wise beyond his years. I enjoy working with him and find him incredibly knowledgeable," adding that "he will go very far." Another interviewee remarks that"he is friendly, efficient and communicative," while a buying agent describes him as "young, fun and enthusiastic."

Laura Conduit
is "a superstar," according to a peer. She acts for a wide range of clients on high-value property transactions with a focus on the prime central London market. One estate agent enthuses: "She is a real standout and she leaves an impression. She does transactions super quickly and has a real can-do attitude." Another agent comments: "Laura is excellent and you can tell that she is super intelligent. She sees an issue coming three steps away and she has the solution before anyone has the problem."

Laurie Horwood
is regarded as "a gem in the legal world" by a buying agent, who continues: "He is incredibly measured, unflappable and such a wonderful credit to the firm. Every client has always felt totally at ease with him." Horwood acts for individuals and institutions on residential property transactions, and a source enthuses: "He is very responsive, very positive and very calm," before adding: "He is absolutely the man you want on your side and he will get the deal done in a smart and creative way."