Covent Garden firm John Howell & Co has set up a European estate agency service as a department within the firm.
The European Property Centre, is billed as: “the only Solicitor's Property Centre specialising in the sale of property in mainland Europe.”
Partner John Howell said: “For some time it has been obvious that if we wanted to become seriously involved in the property market, we needed to get involved on the estate agency side.”
Six months ago, the firm began offering Europe-wide estate agency services on a trail basis and, according to Howell, “demand for that made us take the plunge properly”.
The centre operates from the display centre at the firm's Covent Garden premises.
Two estate agents, John Creamer and Steve Williams, are acting as consultants.
They will be supported by the firm's legal team which included lawyers from Spain, France and Portugal.
Howell said that the operation was no more expensive than gong through a separate estate agent and, because the business is regulated by the Law Society, clients had a “high level of security”.