Residential Real Estate

"The team are great because they combine utter professionalism with a proper commercial nous"

The Legal 500, 2020

Our team of expert residential property solicitors regularly advise on a wide range of residential property transactions across the UK.

We advise on:

  • sale and purchases of freehold and leasehold properties (including properties being bought off plan, new builds and listed buildings)
  • lease extensions
  • leasehold enfranchisement
  • rights of first refusal
  • borrowing by the owner
  • advising lenders on purchases, sales and security documentation

Our Residential Real Estate expertise

Our residential property lawyers possess a wealth of experience in dealing with prime and super prime London houses and apartments, as well as houses in the country including listed properties. 

Our Residential Conveyancing Guide outlines how we can help you at every stage of the conveyancing process, and is also available in Russian. Our team includes fluent Russian and French speaking lawyers.

Our clients appreciate our 'can do' attitude to transactions to ensure their matters proceed as quickly and smoothly as possible.

We understand how stressful it can be to acquire a property and we will guide you through the process as swiftly as possible with a hands on approach. We will advise you of the the most practical approach to ensure you meet your desired time frame. You will also have the comfort of knowing that you can speak to our team to talk through your concerns and the implications of any issues which may arise in respect of your transaction.

Our team are known in the market for their diligence and commitment to our clients. In recognition of this, we are ranked in the Chambers and Partners High-Net Worth Guide 2020.

We are always on hand to provide advice when you need it. We work tirelessly to help you secure your property and overcome any challenges which may arise during the process.

The team will collaborate with other practice areas within Kingsley Napley to structure your transaction the most productive way. We work in conjunction with the private client (tax), corporate and commercial, or immigration teams where necessary to assist achieving your wider goals.

We are able to offer a ‘One Stop Shop’ for your legal requirements.

what clients and directories have said

Just easy to deal with. It's a nice, good team of people." Another source states that "they are all very client-focused, knowledgeable and approachable."

Chambers and Partners HNW Guide, 2018

approachable" and "friendly"

Chambers and Partners HNW Guide, 2018


I always enjoy working with them"

Chambers and Partners HNW Guide, 2018

They are very thorough, knowledgeable and good at problem solving."

Chambers and Partners UK Guide, 2016

...sensible, realistic view of cases - seizing only the points worth arguing..."

Chambers and Partners UK Guide


Our fees

The team has extensive experience of acting for high-net-worth individuals and those in the public eye. These can be some of the most challenging clients to work for. Not only do they have the expertise in this area, they are adept at handling such clients and matters sensitively, with utmost discretion and with a very genuine personal touch"

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

Bethan Owen and Paul Harbour in particular are exceptionally able residential property lawyers who always strive to solve rather than create legal problems, while maintaining very high ethical standards, working incredibly hard and doing it all with good humour and composure."

The Legal 500, 2020

One interviewee praises the lawyers at the firm for their "genuine engagement."

Chambers and Partners HNW Guide, 2020

Residential Real Estate Insights

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Tenant Fees Bill: What does it mean for tenants?

Indexed Rent Reviews – are we getting them right?

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