Keystone Law is delighted to announce that the firm has been boosted by the arrival of two new private client property partners Sakhjit Randhawa and Ian Cooke who have arrived from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (“CRS”).

They will be joined by an associate solicitor and an executive assistant and will team up with 16 other residential property lawyers at Keystone Law.

Sakhjit and Ian were both equity partners at CRS specialising in high-value residential property deals in the prime and super-prime London market. Ian was at CRS for 22 years where he was the partner in charge of CRS’s private property business for nearly 20 years. Sakhjit was at CRS for nearly 14 years and held for some years the responsibility as partner covering the firm’s Hong Kong office on the private property side. She has worked frequently for much of her career between Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and London serving the legal needs of high-net-worth international property investors into prime Central London.

Between them Sakhjit and Ian advise some of the world’s most powerful people investing in the London prime residential property market on buying, selling and developing in the capital. Most of their clients are international and include foreign royal families, country leaders and the owners of successful businesses.

As well as advising high-net-worth individuals, Sakhjit and Ian advise major property companies and developers on their super-prime London residential development sites. They also assist international banks with property finance deals.

Ian and Sakhjit are regularly ranked in Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and Spears 500, putting them both in the top 10 lawyers in their field.

Speaking of the move, James Knight, Founder and CEO of Keystone Law, said:

We are excited to welcome Ian and Sakhjit to Keystone Law. They significantly add to our private client property practice and join one of the largest teams of residential property lawyers in London.

He added:

Their arrivals show that in 2020 we are determined to build on our successes of 2019 by continuing to recruit the very best lawyers who complement our strengths and provide the very best levels of service to our clients.

Ian Cooke said:

This is an incredibly big but exciting step after two decades at CRS. Clients and introducers have been thrilled to hear of my and Sakhjit’s move to such a dynamic, innovative and client-focussed firm and we believe our long-established client base will thrive and grow in our new home.

We are well supported by Keystone Law’s cutting-edge private client capability with some top-notch private client tax and private wealth advisers who have already been offering prompt, efficient and ‘to the point’ advice to our clients – as well as by the construction law and commercial lawyers at Keystone Law.”

Sakhjit Randhawa commented:

Clients want smooth and easy access to their law firm partners. The dynamic, innovative and sophisticated systems at Keystone Law free up partners to focus on what matters to clients – their deals! Ian and I are delighted that client projects with a gross development value of over £2 billion have moved with us to Keystone Law”.