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…

On forging a successful business in uncertain times: Aykroyd & Co

When Knight Frank recruited VanHan founders Thomas van Straubenzee and Rory Penn to its Global Wealth Advisory team last year, Hannah Aykroyd decided to team up with fellow alumnus Sophie Bonsor and launch Aykroyd & Co, an acquisition firm focused on the PCL market. In the fifth part of our mini-series looking at new firms making their mark under challenging conditions, Aykroyd explains which industry figure she most admires, and her best business decision so far…