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03 December 2014

Charles Russell Speechlys secures Future of Grade 1 listed palace

William Marriott, head of Private Property at Charles Russell Speechlys’ Guildford office, has played a key role in securing the future of a Grade 1 listed Jacobean palace in Northamptonshire.

Apethorpe Palace, also known as Apethorpe Hall, was purchased by Jean Christophe, Baron von Pfetten, a client of William Marriott’s for the last five years.

William Marriott comments:

“I am delighted to have assisted with the acquisition of such an historic building. I have worked closely with Baron Pfetten over the last five years in relation to the purchase from English Heritage and I know that his passion for and commitment to Apethorpe Palace will secure the building for future generations and allow public access for the next 80 years.”

Charles Russell Speechlys’ team in Guildford has extensive country house and landed estate expertise relating to properties across the UK, and Marriott was able to call upon the expertise of a variety of colleagues to help with this case.

Jonathan Thompson (Rural Business & Landed Estates), Andy Williams (Employment) and Fiona Thompson (Real Estate & Construction) all played key parts in bringing to fruition Baron Pfetten’s instructions, ensuring that the deal went through smoothly for all concerned. 

William Marriott continues:

“Charles Russell Speechlys is a leading, full service law firm throughout the UK, including the South East, and the depth of expertise we offer places us in a unique position to provide clients with appropriate and commercial advice where they need it and when they need it most. We look forward to continuing our work with Baron Pfetten and our involvement with the extraordinary Apethorpe Palace”.

Baron Pfetten praised his lawyers:

“William’s determination and calm, commercial advice, has really assisted me in this process. It is an unusual building with many historical and royal connections. I look forward to continuing my working relationship with William and his team for many years to come, in relation to all aspects of property and my other personal matters.”