26 January 2021

Forsters' HNW Residential Team expands with two significant lateral hires

Forsters, one of the pre-eminent private wealth and real estate law firms, confirms that Partners of Cripps Pemberton Greenish Robert Barham and Charles Miéville will be joining the firm in 2021.

Forsters, home to the largest Residential Property team in the London market, is delighted to announce the impending arrival of two leading Residential Partners: Robert Barham and Charles Miéville. Both Robert and Charles are acknowledged as leaders in their field in the Chambers HNW Guide and The Legal 500 directories. During 2020, Forsters continued to recruit across key areas of the business and invest in the firm to ensure that the dynamic and sophisticated needs of its clients are met. This included recruiting senior experts in Real Estate, Corporate and Property Litigation.

The lateral hire of Robert and Charles is part of Forsters' ongoing strategy to be the firm of choice for clients seeking to transact high value assets in super prime Central London and the leading regional locations. The Residential Property team occupies a unique position in the market and enjoys an exceptional reputation as one of the leading firms advising domestic and international clients on the sale, purchase and financing of prime Central London property. With a dedication to the uppermost levels of client care and service, the group led by industry expert Lucy Barber is regularly featured in the UK media and the leading legal directories.

Lucy Barber, Partner and Head of Residential Property commented: “The arrival of Robert and Charles is a significant move for our Residential practice; it puts us firmly in the top tier of law firms advising clients on high value transactions. Our focus is to provide clients with an efficient and pragmatic service, and the addition of two further Partners to our group supports our market reputation.”

Charles Miéville commented: "I am delighted to be joining Forsters, which I consider to be one of the leading firms in the residential property sector. I am confident it will give me an excellent base from which to continue to provide a high-class service to my clients in the prime London residential market and will enable me to offer them top quality advice in other relevant areas of law. I look forward to working with Lucy and her team."

The arrival of Robert and Charles will create a 30-strong team of lawyers including six partners, making the practice the largest and most prominent specialist High Net Worth Residential Property group in the London legal market.

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