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.