Andrew is head of the Property department and also the commercial property section. Since his fast rise to partnership in just 3 years of qualifying he has gained huge experience in all aspects of property.
In the commercial sphere
Andrew acts for wealthy individuals, investors, developers and institutions, including banks and property funds. His skills include advising on funding agreements, options to realise development potential, site assembly, joint ventures between developers and investors, leases, overages, construction and funding. He also acts for several private banks on their secured lending and works closely with the surveyors and tax advisers for property investors in the UK. He acts for landowners and charities on the development of residential and commercial estates both urban and rural, including sensitive issues such as coordinating landowners to site assembly, landfill and waste re-cycling. His clients range from leading UK insurers and quoted property PLCs to high net worth individuals and foreign investors.
Andrew is recommended in The Legal 500 UK law directory.
“Andrew Berry [who], as well as being ‘extremely switched-on, with great in-depth knowledge’ is ‘a thoroughly nice and decent human’” (Quote from The Legal 500 UK)
"He makes complex property transactions simple and fun" (Quote from client)
In the residential arena
Andrew is best known in prime Central London where for those foreign investors, whose private offices are unfamiliar with the nuances and, as important, style of this increasingly international enclave, he is able to fulfil the role of both ambassador and decision maker, coordinating everything from appointing professionals, negotiating the price, instructing contractors, to employing staff.
Andrew has an excellent reputation in the purchase, development and disposal of high value residential property and farms where his knowledge is vital to the firm's clients who rely on him to find solutions.
"He makes one feel comfortable and relaxed with his strong family values and sense of continuity" (Quote from client)
"He is fast and very accommodating...he is empathic, personable and knowledgeable...he has amazing customer service and charm." (Chambers HNW 2021).
Estates and Trusts
Andrew is recommended in The Legal 500 UK which writes that he "offers excellent personal service much appreciated by large estates and trusts".
He has many close contacts with nationals and expats in the Middle East, visiting the region regularly for both work and leisure. He supports the Arab British Chamber of Commerce in London and is regarded as having a valuable overview for investment into the UK; see link to our Middle East desk.
Qualified 1984, joined Payne Hicks Beach 1982, partner 1987.
"Andrew Berry stands out because he always gets to grips with the practical context of knotty legal issues."
The Legal 500 UK
"Andrew has the vision and ability to think 'outside the box'. He is a pragmatist with a rare ability to see solutions where others see problems."
Quote from a client
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