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A four-time nominee for Spear’s Property Adviser of the Year, Camilla Dell is described by peers as ‘tenacious and dedicated’. And Black Brick, which she founded in 2007, is growing in strength. Dell believes the market has become far more difficult for buyers to navigate. ‘Supply has become an issue right across prime central London,’ she says. ‘Anyone who doesn’t need to sell isn’t selling, and a lot of people who do want to sell won’t put their properties on to web portals.’ With more transactions happening off-market (‘30 per cent last year’), and stamp duty so high, buyers are seeing the sense in engaging buying agents. ‘The stakes are too high not to,’ she says.