Private Client Property

Our role is to advise our clients on all aspects of residential property transactions. This includes everything from the purchase and refurbishment of prime central London houses, the buying of premium apartments off plan and the forward purchase of bespoke luxury houses to the extension and restoration of country estates.


The value, complexity and timelines of these projects require sophisticated advice, which we tailor to the specific needs of our clients. 

We don’t typically advise on property transactions in isolation. Building long-term relationships with our clients enables us to offer a co-ordinated approach to both their property investments and personal affairs. We often therefore advise on issues such as owning a multi-purpose portfolio, the impact on multi-generational succession planning and the personal tax and immigration considerations for non-UK residents or non-domiciliaries living in the UK. We draw on expertise from across our firm to provide market-leading advice on planning, construction, employment, tax or contentious matters and liaise with our clients’ other advisers.

Our residential property clients are predominantly business people, whether international investors, entrepreneurs, family businesses or landed estates, all of whom expect us to be responsive and commercial. Increasingly they require advice on non-residential issues, for example, buying an apartment building with retail space, or the acquisition of a corporate holding vehicle. 

When making substantial real estate investments, confidence in the advice given is paramount. Particularly for those diversifying their portfolio, or international investors who are new to the UK, we are uniquely placed to guide clients through the peculiarities of investing in UK property. Our deep-rooted knowledge and experience means that we can swiftly identify legal and commercial risks and suggest practical and commercially driven solutions.  

As of 6 December 2018, new rules require us to provide a range of prices for certain services. View our relevant price transparency information.

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"Macfarlanes remains one of the most respected teams in the market, with its private client team pre-eminent. Claire Breeze is exceptional and incredibly responsive."

The Legal 500 2023

"Macfarlanes has a great depth of knowledge across the board and a good mixture of senior and junior advisers. The residential property team has a structured and very hands-on approach when required."

Chambers HNW 2022

"Great depth of knowledge across the board and a good mixture of senior and junior advisers."

Chambers HNW 2022

"Structured and very hands-on approach when required."

Chambers HNW 2022

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Chambers HNW 2022

"Macfarlanes have been very responsive, cooperative, and have provided commercial and pragmatic specialist advice on various aspects of this transaction."

Chambers HNW 2021