At its apex, even property law is often about more than just the law: ‘You feel like you’re giving more than cold legal provision,’ says Lewis of her love for high-value residential work. (‘I can’t really relate to 50,000 square feet of office space,’ she has told Spear’s previously.) ‘You need some empathy with the client’s situation, because it’s not always legal advice that they need — sometimes it’s just practical common sense and an understanding of what they need.’
The head of Mishcon’s residential property group is a gifted problem-solver who enjoys meeting new clients — especially those who were on the other side of a previous deal ‘who obviously feel like they’ve missed out’. It’s a fun and ‘rather good source of business, actually’.
Warm and good-humoured, the Cambridge-educated classicist has over 30 years’ experience acting for an extensive list of HNWs, developers, property funds, landlords and tenants — particularly on London’s great estates such as Grosvenor, Cadogan and Wellcome.
Clients praise her efficiency, professionalism and attention to detail: ‘Beverley is in a league of her own — responsive at all hours, succinct and to the point, unflappable while multi-tasking; makes conveyancing appear smooth and effortless — I wouldn’t transact without her,’ says one. ‘If there was a magic circle of residential property lawyers, Beverley would be its chairperson,’ says another.