Real estate network elects UK president

Planning lawyer Geoffrey Searle has been elected the first lawyer president of the UK Chapter of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI).

Searle was formerly managing partner at Denton Hall & Burgin but left two years ago to set up his own planning practice. He has been chairman of FIABCI's international planning committee for some time.

Paris-based FIABCI is a worldwide network of lawyers, estate agents, surveyors and other real estate professionals. It has 300 members in the UK.

Searle's predecessor as president was Jeremy Waters a senior partner at surveyor Jones Lang Wootton.