London buying agency AWS expands

Jake Irwin-Brown has joined Alex Woodleigh-Smith’s prime property acquisition firm, having previously worked at Aykroyd & Co, Harrods Estates and Wetherell.

Interview: Jess Simpson on the country market revival & why the property industry needs to embrace flexible working

PrimeResi meets top buying agent Jess Simpson, an ex-Savills director and the former head of Strutt & Parker’s buying arm, who set up her eponymous firm in 2018 and now heads an all-female team specialising in acquiring country houses, estates and farmland across England. Here, she discusses the remarkable resurgence in the country market over the last 12 months, her most challenging searches to date, and the importance of letting your own success speak for itself…