Rapleys makes double appointment within Residential Division

Rapleys is ‘committed to further growth’ across Residential and other divisions following a successful 2023.

Jonathan Bernstein joins Rapleys as Partner in the Residential Division | BTR News
Jonathan Bernstein joins Rapleys as Partner in the Residential Division.

Property consultancy Rapleys has appointed Jonathan Bernstein as Partner in the Residential Division and James Strang as Associate in the Charities Not For Profit (CNFP) team. Jonathan’s appointment builds upon the eight Partner-level hires made by the firm in 2023.

Joining Rapleys from Avison Young where he was a Director, Jonathan will head up the Public Sector Development Consultancy Team, sitting under Nick Fell as Head of Residential and Angus Irvine as Head of Rapleys Living. He has extensive experience in working alongside the public sector in all development consultancy matters. 

Jonathan’s core specialisms include feasibility, viability, partnership arrangements and complex regeneration initiatives. He has worked with numerous London Boroughs in addition to the GLA, Places for London (formerly TfL) and Homes England. He has also acted across the country, with a notable contribution seen in his work on behalf of Manchester City Council on the Northern Gateway project.

“We are delighted to welcome both Jonathan and James to the Residential Division and to start 2024 off as we mean to go on. Both bring expertise that will add further strength and depth to our client services. We will continue to invest in growth and add strategic hires in areas we have identified as opportunities to add value for clients or to take market share.” 

Nick Fell, Head of Residential, Rapleys Living
James Strang has joined Rapleys as an Associate in the Charities Not For Profit (CNFP) team | BTR News
James Strang has joined Rapleys as an Associate in the Charities Not For Profit (CNFP) team.

In addition, James Strang has joined the CNFP team. Previously, he was an Associate Partner at Cluttons and specialises in providing agency, development consultancy and valuation advice to organisations in the CNFP sector. James has also worked within the educational sector, acquiring sites for new free schools and colleges, alongside disposing of surplus assets within the Secretary of State’s ownership.  

He is experienced in providing strategic advice in connection with land searches, acquisitions, disposals, and development consultancy, portfolio analysis, viability assessments and development options. In addition, James has led the marketing and subsequent disposal of numerous types and scales of development and investment opportunities.

In 2023, Rapleys added several senior hires in Residential including Simon Corp as Partner, having acquired his consultancy s106 Affordable Housing in the Residential Consultancy side of the division; Mat Shenton as Partner and Head of New Homes effectively launching this new service and team, and Tom Spencer as Head of Development Consultancy, both part of the Rapleys Living side of the Division, alongside Jonathan’s team.