Top ranked for High Value Residential law
Chambers High Net Worth 2021
"Christian Massey is a big name for high-value residential matters and has in-depth expertise in country house transactions."
Chambers High Net Worth 2020
"Top Recommended 2020, Lawyers Beyond London”
Christian Massey is a partner in Michelmores’ Private Property and Landed Estates team and is top ranked for High Value Residential law in independent legal guide Chambers High Net Worth.
He specialises in handling sensitive and complex substantial landed estate, agricultural, country house and high value residential property transactions across England and Wales for well-known individuals, entrepreneurs, companies, trustees and charities. Christian is particularly active in the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire and "M4 corridor" regions and has worked on numerous substantial landed estate transactions over the years both for Vendors and Purchasers.
- Acting for the purchaser of a substantial high value country house in the Cotswolds with numerous planning and listed building issues and a protected bat colony. From receipt of initial instructions from a new Client in mid-December, an exchange of contracts and completion were secured in 10 days to enable our Clients to move into the house before Christmas.
- Acting in connection with the purchase of an agricultural property where detailed private water supply arrangements, the negotiation of a post-completion surrender of an AHA tenancy prior to exchange of contracts, the negotiation and drafting of bespoke agreements and grants of cross rights with neighbouring land owners and other purchasers, and a sub-sale of part of the property by our Client to a sub-purchaser were all required. Detailed negotiations with numerous parties, their Solicitors and land agents secured a positive outcome for our Client.
- Sale of a rural estate in the south east where additional work was involved to rectify Land Registry title issues, address listed building concerns, deal with employees and service occupancies and ensure the securing and auction of a significant art portfolio within the house for an offshore trust company. A team of specialist lawyers across the private wealth kaleidoscope was assembled to ensure that the Client was closely advised throughout the complex transaction.