Private client property


Our private client property practice assists high-net-worth clients with all aspects of residential and commercial property, including the acquisition and disposal of sporting estates, heritage properties and exclusive London homes.

It’s no accident that wealthy foreign individuals wish to reside and buy in England because:

  • it’s conveniently placed in the time zones;
  • English is the international business language of choice;
  • the City of London is the world’s leading financial centre; and
  • the reputation of English universities and private education represents an attraction to many.

Our clients are multi-talented but in the main they are not professionals in the real estate world and for that reason they require commercial advice well beyond that which might be expected of lawyers in more obviously commercial sectors of the firm.

We might be buying a billionaire's dwelling, a farm, a retail investment, a sporting estate, London flats for the family office or a country house hotel. We pride ourselves on having the knowledge and expertise within the group to advise on the agricultural, residential and commercial property law needed for each of these.

Exceptionally, each member of the group is exposed to these three distinct legal disciplines, which makes them more effective and better able to guide you through such transactions.

We are able to call on colleagues to provide first class advice on planning, construction, employment, tax or contentious matters that are frequently ancillary to the main transactions on which we work.

A substantial proportion of our clients are non-domiciled and the strength and reputation of our private client colleagues on international tax planning matters are critical to the full service on offer.


  • “Highly respected practice.”

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "They are extremely thorough and also very practical in understanding the day-to-day worries, and they come up with a pragmatic approach."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "The team is used to dealing with international buyers and understands people at the top end of the residential market. It also can cover all the needs of a high net worth client.”

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "Macfarlanes LLP has 'some excellent talent in this field'."

    The UK Legal 500 2014

  • "A source praises the department for 'translating the law into layman's speak and advising clients where they stand and what is right to do'."

    Chambers UK 2013

  • Winner of London Legal Team of the Year.

    STEP Private Client Awards 2013

  • "Macfarlanes' private client property group is widely considered one of the best on offer in London, not least since partners benefit from the 'top-flight' resources at hand throughout the firm. The group serves a varied clientele, including institutional organisations, offshore trusts and high net worth individuals."

    Chambers UK 2012

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