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Our highly experienced team can provide expert estate agency, conveyancing and legal services for you, your family and your business.

As one of Edinburgh’s leading property agents, we have considerable experience of buying, selling, transferring titles and remortgaging properties.  We can also help with the management of property as part of an executry, applying appropriate sensitivity to these matters.  We pride ourselves on the level of service provided not only to our clients but also to prospective purchasers.  We offer friendly, professional and constructive advice, personal attention and regular contact – everything you will need to ensure that the process of selling and buying is as straightforward as possible.


Estate agency

We provide support and guidance in securing your new home and in selling your existing property.  With over 100 years combined experience and considerable market knowledge, we can help guide you through every stage of the buying and selling process.  Our estate agency team will take time to get to know you and your property as well as your priorities in terms of your next home.  We provide a responsive, friendly and professional service during what can often be a stressful time.  We offer tips and guidance on preparing your home for sale and can provide an overview of the market and what to expect from the process.


We offer a comprehensive property service from initial valuation and listing of your property to eventual sale, and our experienced conveyancing team will handle the legal requirements of the property transfer.  This process covers everything from collating your title documentation and negotiating missives (the contract) to liaising with your mortgage lender.  The very same team will also help you secure a new purchase property going forward.  This service includes discussing the Home Report with you, noting interest, and ensuring that the title deeds are in order.  We know that the sale and purchase processes can be difficult to navigate, but our dedicated team are here to provide support and guidance throughout your journey.

Property tax

Our experienced team can provide advice and guidance on a range of tax issues that are faced when buying, selling or owning a property whether residential or commercial including:

  • Land and Buildings Transaction (LBTT) and Additional Dwellings Supplement (ADS) on purchasing a property
  • Tax-efficient structuring of property acquisitions
  • The availability of Principal Private Residence relief and making effective elections where an individual has more than one residence
  • Capital Gains Tax planning for the disposal of properties
  • Calculating the tax due by UK resident taxpayers on the disposal of residential properties and completing the necessary Capital Gains Tax return
  • Gifting property to the next generation
  • Maximising Inheritance Tax Business Property Relief (BPR) on businesses owning residential property in addition to trading activities
  • Operating Non-Resident Landlord Scheme and preparing tax returns for landlords who are not living in the UK
  • The Non-Resident Capital Gains Tax regime including quantifying the gain on disposal and filing the necessary return with HMRC
  • Taxation of Offshore Trusts owning UK property – IHT ten year charges
  • Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) and preparing ATED returns for residential property owned by a company

If you would like to discuss any of the above or need assistance with your tax more generally, please get in touch with one of our tax team

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If you would like a property valuation or to view one of our listed properties, please contact us.  Our team can also provide advice on the property market and securing your new home.  Get in touch with one of our team to find out how we can help you.

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We received a first class service from everyone we dealt with. From initial conversations where we discussed the process and identified the best price point, to finalising the offer with the sales negotiator after just one week on the market, I was very impressed with the quality of advice, stringent approach to safety protocols and ultimately the ability to get a great price for us so quickly.

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