Purchasing UK real estate

The Real Estate team provides a comprehensive, yet bespoke service, tailored to the individual needs of our UK and overseas clients and the demands of their individual transactions.  We understand the need to get the deal done as quickly and efficiently as possible, without compromising our thoroughness or our client’s bargaining position. Our focus is always on finding the pragmatic solution to deliver our clients’ objectives and achieve the inevitable tight deadlines imposed in today’s market. Our team of real estate lawyers is long established, is time-zone friendly in their availability to our clients and has a reputation for the excellence of our client focused service.

How we can help you

Buying or selling residential real estate in another country can be a stressful and confusing experience.  Our team guides international sellers and buyers through the entire process; dealing with each step proactively and stepping outside the strict confines of the transaction to assist you with other aspects of setting up a home in London or elsewhere in the UK.  We work closely with colleagues specialising in tax and structuring to ensure as smooth and tax efficient a transaction as possible.

For overseas clients we are able to deal with all aspects and types of residential real estate sales and purchases, high value funding and structuring for tax efficiency, as well as having a special focus on prime and super prime London properties and substantial country houses.  We advise on new-build, off-plan purchases from developers, the purchase of properties to let, leasehold enfranchisement and lease extensions, residential construction and refurbishment, Stamp Duty Land Tax, tenancy agreements and the full range of landlord and tenant issues.

We also have extensive knowledge of the markets and their particular deal structures and wide relationships within the real estate world, which enable us to introduce our clients to property finders, surveyors, agents, engineers, architects, planning consultants and other professionals as appropriate, to achieve a seamless total service for our overseas clients.

What our clients say

Collyer Bristow are past winners of the Law Society's Excellence Award for Services to International Clients and the Real Estate Team is ranked in Legal 500 and is stated to be "absolutely excellent" and a "class performer".

Head of Real Estate Janet Armstrong-Fox was recently described by an international client buying a complex prime central London leasehold property as "an excellent lawyer" who was "impressed by the professionalism" of her team." 

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