Top Five Property Lawyers
Ranson’s colleagues remember his rather unusual application for a training contract at Macfarlanes. ‘I put “I love property law” on the form,’ he says. ‘It is still true and two things in particular still cause me to leap out of bed in the morning — the clients and the law on which I advise.’
One of the best-known lawyers in the property field, Ranson acts on the acquisition, development and disposal of prime residential property, with particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement, and has acted as an expert witness in related cases.
He says his practice has enjoyed a busy and interesting year, with ‘a huge rush’ of transactions completing before the 3 per cent stamp duty surcharge came into force in 2016: ‘I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of transactions that have been agreed since the referendum, and the general positivity in the market,’ he adds.
Ranson has a clear mantra: ‘There is no doubt in my mind that lawyers must remember that we are in a service industry,’ he says. ‘Being a lawyer isn’t about showing off how much law you know, it is about applying that law in the best way you can. Clients care about service and outcome, and are entitled to take the means by which that outcome is achieved — even if fiendishly clever from a legal perspective — for granted.’
These clients have only standout feedback for the modest, hard-working Ranson: ‘As representatives of some of the wealthiest families and individuals in the world, we would have no doubts in recommending Macfarlanes — and Michael Ranson especially — as professionals of the highest calibre,’ says one.