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BDB Pitmans





Property Advisers

Property Lawyers


London, United Kingdom

Advice type

Family businesses

Family offices

International cases

Private office

Asset class

Real estate

Client types

Business owners



Private clients

UHNW families

Geographical focus

United Kingdom



United Arab Emirates

United States

Sector focus


Legal Advisory Services

Real Estate


John Stephenson


Spear's Review

BDB Pitmans' John Stephenson is a veteran in the residential landlord and tenant field, having worked in it for nearly three decades over 25 years. ‘I try to get the best possible results,’ he says. ‘It’s about finding solutions which look at the client’s ultimate aim, rather than short-term fixes.’

Being made a managing partner in 1992, and senior partner in 2010, his other career highlights include successes in high profile cases such as Cadogan v 26 Cadogan Square Limited in the House of Lords and Day v Hosebay in the Supreme Court, as well as Sloane Stanley Trustees v Carey-Morgan and Stephenson in the Court of Appeal.

Outside work, Stephenson can be found either at Lord’s Cricket Ground, Fulham FC or his church (where he is treasurer)."

Adviser Profile

John Stephenson is a seasoned operator in the residential landlord and tenant field, having worked in it for almost 30 years. He delivers his advice in a 'straight, clear and swift' manner: 'I do not leave clients without a clear steer as to the way forward'. One reputable industry commentator agrees, claiming that 'he is very nice to work with, commercially-minded, responsive and practical'. Another declared in its 2020 guide that 'it is always a pleasure when I find him on the other side as he can handle complicated cases excellently'.

He delivers a style of service that is appropriate for his highly sophisticated, asset-rich and time-poor clientele. Although largely British-based, his clientele has a significant international segment, which is made up of UHNWs hailing predominantly from the Channel Islands, Greece, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. There is no typical client for Stephenson's practice, but a good number of non-doms, trusts, private offices, entrepreneurs and sophisticated investors have made him the go-to for real estate advice, including on the 'super-prime' London estates.

His practice covers the spectrum of real estate issues, from property transactions to block management. A pivotal career moment came when he left the commercial property sector in 1993 to specialise in the niche area of leasehold enfranchisement. He went on to become 'a leading practitioner in that world', with a leading legal directory confirming his expertise in the field as 'unparalleled'.

The vastly experienced former managing and senior partner is still learning new ways of operating, not least from co-managing a team through the radical changes brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. 'I'm not as set in my ways as I thought,' he jokes, still working from his back bedroom, 'but I miss the daily interaction with colleagues; Zoom just isn't the same.

Rank: Top Recommended

Top Recommended 2021, Property Lawyers


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