Ranson has been a Macfarlanes man for close to fourteen years, but colleagues still remember his rather uncommon trainee application. ‘I put “I love property law” on the form,’ he says. ‘I still get teased about it to this day.’
No less keen, he acts for both private and corporate clients on the acquisition, development and disposal of prime residential property, with particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement (he has also acted as an expert witness in related cases).
‘You’ve got to have a servant’s heart to do this job. If you’re on your high horse thinking you’re this clever lawyer dispensing advice from afar, that is just nonsense.’
Known to go the extra mile for clients, he recalls helping one wealthy American client in a ‘particularly competitive’ situation to seal the deal on a property while a rival prospect — a Middle Eastern UHNW — was still airborne, on his way to secure it for himself.
They have only standout praise for the ‘immensely’ likeable, hard-working lawyer, highlighting his intelligence, technical expertise, and strategic approach: ‘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. Industry peers are equally effusive: ‘His soft tones bring calmness to every situation, however fraught… The standout lawyer in the residential property market.’