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Real Estate

We focus on the acquisition, disposal and letting of high-value residential property for corporate and private clients in the UK and the rest of the world.

For whom do we act?

We have a diverse client profile, acting for ultra-high net worth individuals and wealthy families, Sovereigns, family offices, private banks, corporate and trustees on real estate matters. We also enjoy excellent relationships with the leading residential agencies, surveyors, valuers, buying agents and private banks which specialise in advising high net worth individuals.

How can we help?

In addition to sales and purchases, we also take an active role in the management of residential properties and buildings for clients and advise on a range of technical issues encountered in residential property practice.  We also have experience of the regulatory and legal issues involved in secured lending in relation to the purchase of such property and are able to advise on such matters.

Naturally, we draw on the estate planning and immigration expertise of the other teams in the firm to ensure an integrated approach to questions of moving to the UK, residency for tax purposes, funding property acquisitions and, where appropriate, establishing property structures for UK domiciled and non-domiciled clients to ensure efficiency from a UK tax perspective.

Charities and real estate

We also work closely with the firm’s Philanthropy and Charities team advising charities and those who transact with charities on property-related matters in a charity law context.

What people say about us

The real estate team at Maurice Turnor Gardner is described by market insiders as "a smart outfit", "superb" and "dedicated".  Lawyers in the group advise wealthy individuals on the sale and purchase of prime London and country property, as well as lettings.  The team also assists clients with leasehold reform and secured lending matters."

The team provides "an amazing service and has such an attention to detail", notes a source, while another interview says: "The service is slick and precise".  "The residential team stands out for their truly vast repository of knowledge on real estate law coupled with a genuine interest in the client.  They deliver a bespoke and highly effective service" highlights a commentator.

Chambers HNW Guide 2018.

The team at Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP has ‘built an exceptional reputation in residential property, particularly for high-value transactions in prime Central London’. The ‘extremely professional and efficient’ group is ‘built on capability and client care’ and has additional expertise in the sale and purchase of listed buildings and leasehold enfranchisement. Practice head Sarah Conway is ‘truly excellent’ and a ‘delight to work with’ while senior associate Edward Burton is ‘very competent, practical and pragmatic’. Both are ‘enormously capable and strategic, always driven by their client’s best interest’. Fiona Poole ‘bring clarity on complex issues’ and Mary Campbell is ‘excellent across the property and finance spectrums’. The practice is closely associated with the firm’s private wealth team and offers property-related tax advice.

Legal 500 Real Residential Real Estate Guide 2018

 The ‘highly efficient and commercial’ team at Maurice Turnor Gardner specialises in acting for both UK and overseas high-net-worth individuals on high-value residential sales and purchases in cities and the countryside, with notable expertise in transactions involving listed buildings. Practice head Sarah Conway, is ‘unbelievably helpful and enthusiastic and a joy to deal with’. Other notable names include ‘excellent’ senior counsel Mary Campbell, who focuses on the prime and super-prime residential property markets and also handles enfranchisements and lease extensions, and senior associate Edward Burton, who ‘manages to take the trickiest and most complex aspects of real estate law and explain them in a user friendly way’.

Legal 500 Real Residential Real Estate Guide 2017

Our Fees

We charge for our services on a time spent basis with reference to hours recorded. Hourly rates range from £150 for a trainee legal executive to £550 for a partner (excluding VAT and third party expenses). The team (the members of which can be seen on this page) will be selected with a view to ensuring that the work is done on the most cost efficient basis. Our fees will reflect the particular requirements of the transaction, but typical fee estimates for the range of work we do can be seen by clicking the link below.

Real Estate Fees