London, United Kingdom
Legal Advisory Services
Since joining Wedlake Bell in 1999 and becoming partner in 2009, Tom Allfree has developed a wide client base in both commercial and residential property deals. He now leads the residential team, acting for a variety of clients, both in the UK and internationally, on the whole scope of property matters. Clients include wealthy individuals, developers, landlords and investors buying and selling London homes, as well as established estates buying and selling agricultural land. ‘There is an undersupply of property generally, which affects the whole market,' he says. 'At the prime level, buyers need to be properly advised to act quickly to secure exceptional properties at an acceptable price when they become available.’
Tom's practice covers all aspects of residential conveyancing, acting for UK and overseas individuals, estates, companies, banks and funds advising on disposals and acquisitions of freehold and leasehold properties as well as general landlord and tenant issues.
Tom obtained his degree in Psychology in 1999 from the University of York. Prior to that, he got his CPE from the College of Law in Guilford in 1996. Tom qualified as a solicitor and joined Wedlake Bell in 1999 and became a partner in 2009, developing a wide client base in both commercial and residential property transactions. Tom has headed up the Residential Property team since 2013.
Tom aims to work very closely as the trusted advisor to his clients, and look after them during and after the transaction. In the prime residential property and estates world, opportunities to acquire exceptional properties do not come along often, and it is important to work closely with clients and their other advisors to 'do what needs to be done' to secure the property, often within extremely tight timescales.
It is important to focus on the psychology of the transaction, the needs and drivers of the parties, and the primary goals of the transaction. The law can be complicated, and needs to be dealt with, but with creative thinking, should not get in the way of the deal. Emotions can run high on transactions, and again it is important to focus on the objectives, and not let the emotions get in the way.
Recent Experience: sale and acquisition of high value central London properties; purchase of an apartment in central London in excess of £50M; structuring the sale of residential units in a large development in Greenwich; purchase of a 400 acre farm; purchase of a grouse moor; selling portfolios of properties for LPA Receivers.
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