Your guide to owning a property in France

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About us

We are a top 100 London-based legal firm with nearly 200 highly-regarded specialist lawyers. We work for a mix of commercial, not-for-profit and private clients

Many Russell-Cooke teams and people are leaders in their fields, winning peer-group accolades in areas as diverse as commercial property, regulation, crime and childcare law. The firm is highly rated by legal directories.

Our breadth of expertise means we can tackle complex multi-dimensional cases that are beyond the scope of narrowly-based firms of solicitors. A significant proportion of our work comes from referrals from other solicitors or professional firms.

French law and property team

All members of the team from our lawyers to our administrative assistants and support staff are bilingual. As a result we are well-placed to advise in relation to complex issues where the precise interpretation of a legal concept across borders is paramount and the need for expensive translation and the inherent delay is avoided.

Our team of London based lawyers have first-hand knowledge of the interaction of the French and English legal systems. We have huge experience in the field of French property and succession and are frequently asked to act as expert witnesses on matters of French laws in legal proceedings conducted in the UK. Much of our work comes from referrals from other lawyers and professional firms. Read some of our client testimonials.

We belong to the relevant professional associations including the Franco-British Lawyers Society, the French Chamber of Commerce and STEP UK and STEP France (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

The team is renowned for its experience in a number of areas of French law, including:

  • the sale and purchase of French immovable property
  • terms of the initial contract and supporting documentation including proposed amendments or modifications
  • liaising with the French notaire and other French advisers
  • structure of ownership / succession planning
  • cross border tax advice in relation to property ownership including wealth tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax
  • sales by minors / adults with incapacity
  • property litigation (in collaboration with our Paris correspondent)
  • expert witness evidence and opinions on French property and succession law
  • transfer of property following divorce
  • cross border estate planning and wills (in collaboration with the private client department)
  • French probate and administration

Meet the team