Michael Ranson Senior consultant

Michael qualified in 2004 and undertakes contentious and non-contentious work for the firm’s private and corporate clients in relation to high-value residential and country property. He has particular expertise in the law relating to enfranchisement and lease extensions, and has acted as an expert witness in connection with enfranchisement matters.

Michael acts for a broad range of clients including private individuals, investment funds, charities, developers and banks from around the world in relation to legal issues associated with residential and country property in England. His practice spans both contentious and non-contentious work.

The key elements of his non-contentious practice include advising on the purchase, development and sale of prime central London and prime country properties, either for owner-occupation or as investments. He is particularly familiar with the Grosvenor, Cadogan and Crown Estates in central London and frequently works alongside the world’s leading private and international banks on transactions involving these parts of London.  Working in conjunction with the Macfarlanes tax and construction teams, Michael has advised clients about the structuring and disposal of various residential-led developments in London and elsewhere.

Michael’s contentious work spans a broach range of property matters involving residential property and includes advising on neighbour disputes, landlord and tenant issues, professional negligence on conveyancing transactions and contested enfranchisement matters. He has spent time on secondment to the Court of Appeal where he worked as judicial assistant to the head of the Chancery Division, Lord Justice Morritt and has delivered lectures in London, the Channel Islands and mainland Europe to trustees, banks and others about various issues concerning the ownership of residential property in England.

What people are saying


"Michael is 'unflappable' and 'highly intelligent, available and very responsive'."

The UK Legal 500 2017

"[A] professional of the highest calibre."

Spear's Indices 2017 - Top 5 Property Lawyer

"A further source describes him as 'a lovely guy who is very human and not just an automaton. He is also extremely bright; he has a capacity to retain knowledge that's breathtaking. He is presentable and approachable, with a very measured and knowledgeable approach'."

Chambers UK 2017

"Michael Ranson has a 'superb' reputation for advising private clients on the sale and purchase of high-value property."

The UK Legal 500 2015

"[A] professional of the highest calibre."

Spear's Indices 2017 (Property)