An interview with Sarah Conway

What do you do for MTG?

I head up the firm's Real Estate practice, which focuses on the acquisition, disposal and letting of high-value residential and commercial property for corporate and private clients in the UK and the rest of the world. MTG has an international client base, and the firm is adept in meeting the particular demands of both UK and overseas clients.

I've been working in the London prime residential market for over 30 years now and I hugely enjoy the fast-paced and varied nature of what I do - no two days are the same.

Tell our members a bit more about your business and its relevance within the private client world.

My team works with a diverse range of clients, from UHNWs, wealthy families and sovereigns to family offices, private banks, corporates and trustees. We also benefit from the fantastic estate planning and immigration expertise of our colleagues, which allows us to take a fully integrated approach. As a result, we are often working together on matters relating to moving to the UK, residency for tax purposes, funding property acquisitions, and establishing property structures for UK domiciled and non-domiciled clients to ensure efficiency from a UK tax perspective.

Earlier this year we celebrated MTG's 10 year anniversary - it has been a decade since our demerger from Allen & Overy, so it's a really exciting year for the firm. Despite being busier than ever we're making sure we take the time to toast the occasion!

What does the future look like for high-value residential property in the UK?

We are seeing a lot of unrest around the world which means that, despite Brexit, international clients from the Middle East and Hong Kong are still coming to the UK, either to buy a home or for investment purposes. As the UK continues to be seen as a safe haven I am sure this trend will continue. In addition to this, anyone that is dollar denominated will be finding London a particular bargain at the moment due to the currency play, allowing them to consider more expensive properties than they would have otherwise been able to.

At which PCD event will members find you next?

I'm greatly looking forward to the breakfast seminar on relocation and mobility for HNW clients in London in September. Also, despite being based in London, we're very active in Asia and I often find myself on the road with colleagues from our private wealth practice visiting contacts. I'm hoping to attend the dinner in Hong Kong on 14 November, which will be a great opportunity to reconnect with friends in the region.

On a weekend, PCD members are most likely to find you...

Chilling - after a week running round prime central London viewing properties and meeting clients there is nothing I like more than to relax and catch up with my family and friends over a good meal. I will also usually take the opportunity to have a long run to de-stress from the week.


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