We are a specialist property law firm based in the heart of London’s West End. We specifically act in connection with property transactions for investor purchasers either domestically or offshore.
Riseam Sharples was created in 1997 by three highly experienced lawyers. The original partners included Colin Riseam (formerly of Farrer & Co), Clive Sharples (formerly of Forsyte Kerman) and David Fok, who was then a Senior Consultant at Cheung, Chan & Chung based in Hong Kong. The original firm was named Riseam Sharples & Fok.
The aim of the business was to specialise in advising Asian and other offshore investors in purchasing London property. The firm commenced business on 1st September 1997 in The Strand and subsequently moved to its current office in Covent Garden in 1999.
David Fok has now retired from practice but still keeps in touch with Riseam Sharples. Sadly Colin Riseam passed away in 2008. Clive Sharples remains as Senior Partner with well over 49 years experience in the property field and 35 years experience in acting for offshore investor purchasers. He is joined by Julia Caveller who became a Partner in January 2007, Manisha Bhati who became Partner from December 2010 , Tom Sharples who joined the Partnership in May 2018 , Catherine Whitehouse and Hayley Marler who both became Partners on 1st September 2021. Siow Lim, Jing Shi, Tim Liu and Rakhee Davda- Vithlani joined the Partnership on 1st December 2023. The firm now consists of over 60 members of staff, 15 of which are qualified solicitors. In total, Riseam Sharples has approximately 35 fee earners able to assist you with your property matter.
Whilst some of the personnel may have changed over the years and the international scope of its client base has broadened, the ethos of the firm in providing a unique knowledge and understanding in the application of the service it offers with the efficiency expected of a West End law firm has not.
Riseam Sharples remains true to its roots in that it acts primarily within the specialised area for which the firm was originally created in 1997 and the fact that the firm continues to strive is testament to the insight of the original founding partners.