Prime Dining: Talking career paths & garden squares at Chelsea Barracks Kitchen with Qatari Diar’s Richard Oakes

Property lawyer & food writer Nicky Richmond popped into the floral-themed Ollie Dabbous pop-up restaurant at Chelsea Barracks to discuss career paths, garden squares and landmark developments with Qatari Diar’s sales and marketing chief, Richard Oakes – who has risen from housebuilder’s apprentice to become a major player in the luxury property world.

Aylesford International’s Catherine Cockcroft on the past, present & future of the PCL lettings sector

INTERVIEW: Aylesford International’s well-known lettings boss, Catherine Cockcroft has just retired after an impressive 34 years with the Chelsea-based luxury agency. From buy-to-let booms to market downturns; tax changes to controversial new legislation, there’s very little she hasn’t seen or experienced during her career; we asked for her thoughts on the biggest changes to affect the sector over the last three decades, and predictions on what the future could hold…