One of the most experienced operators in the market, Mackie co-founded Property Vision with Charlie Ellingworth in 1984. Together they are credited with creating the buying agent industry, and continue to run its most prominent collective.
The formidable head of Schillings’ family division has had a fruitful year dealing with a number of high-profile cases, notably Wyatt v Vince, where she was able to appeal against a former wife’s retrospective claim, and Abuchian v Khojah, where her client received the highest ever High Court financial award following an overseas divorce (originally served in Saudi Arabia). Both cases have set precedents in the reach of English law into assets and domiciles.
Kellett’s sharp wit (and good humour) helps her see right through the players in the marketplace. She feels that vendors, developers and builders have become cannier with properties to capture buyers: ‘I think most of the things you see are gimmicks — “I’ll throw in an Aston Martin, I’ll pay your stamp duty” — on an over-inflated asking price. A pointless sort of action.’
‘I think the guy needs to go out and get a proper job and get in the real world,’ says the forthright but erudite McDowell about George Osborne’s repeated attempts to ‘drive a coach and horses’ through the property market. He identifies prime central London as a hub of wealth creation, saying the chancellor ‘needs to nurture it and encourage it, not destroy it.’
‘None of us came into this to be brokers,’ says Richard Rogerson. ‘I want to be trusted by the client.’