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Butler & Stag

We’ve always been true to some simple values around providing expert advice and an outstanding level of service. Our partners own and manage the business, taking responsibility for client relationships, together with the quality and outcomes of our work. Thanks to this passion and personal commitment we’ve built trusted, long-term relationships with private individuals, commercial enterprises and public institutions.

We invest these very same values into supporting our colleagues and the communities in which we live and work. People choose to do business with us because of the way we do business. This reputation for professionalism, together with a diligent and honest approach has rewarded us with sustained results for both us and our partners.

We are acutely aware that the lifecycle of land development can be complex and exposed at times, which is why have a dedicated in-house team to navigate each element. With this in mind, we are careful about only selecting contractors, partners and investors that share our high standards and desire to drive results.

Introduction to Butler & Stag

Our Team

Neil Leahy

Director, Land & New Homes

Neil is the co-owner of Butler & Stag, along with lifetime friend Michael Woolley. They set up the business in January 2012 with the objectives of building a market leading estate agency that changed public perception of the industry. Fast forward to today and our five star customer service has seen us win multiple awards for excellence from British Property Awards and Estate Agency Masters. Our three branches have all been voted within the top 0.5% of the UK Best Estate Agency Guide. So far so good.

Neil has specialised in residential property since 2002 initially in the city fringe markets and more recently in West Essex with our Theydon Bois (2017) and more recently with Chingford (2020). Neil’s knowledge of the area and passion for redevelopments, new homes and property management has seen him oversee several high profile transactions and land deals in collaboration with local and national developers.

Always up for a challenge, Neil has helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for local charities by throwing himself in events such the Three Peaks Challenge and London to Brighton bike ride. Away from the office Neil is a family man, he has a son and a daughter and enjoys spending time with them, along with his wife Claire. Neil also coaches his son’s football team at Buckhurst Hill FC and has overseen the transition of many of their players to professional academies.

Neil Leahy

Michael Woolley

Director, Land & New Homes

Michael set up Butler & Stag with best mate Neil Leahy back in 2012, having worked in the East London/City fringe property 2market since 1999. Over the years he has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge, personally handling almost every scenario you could possibly imagine within the world of property. More recently he has excelled with site and land acquisitions for high net worth clients, or acting on behalf of land/site owners, providing guidance on how best to approach a disposal of their assets.

Michael now heads up the Land & New Homes department which is the most exciting and rapidly expanding arm of the Butler & Stag operation. On the odd occasion Michael isn’t found working out of the London or West Essex office, he will be acting as chauffer to one of his three children or spending quality time with his long suffering wife!

Michael Woolley

Richard Porter

Director, Land & New Homes

After 21 years working in the financial services sector in the city, Richard decided it was time for a change and in 2010 began his journey into property development. Working largely in areas undergoing urban regeneration to deliver residential and mixed-use projects his property career took shape.

Richard's sector knowledge, operational expertise and extensive industry contacts have enabled him to navigate the intricacies of the property development industry seamlessly, which has in turn enhanced his reputable name in the industry. Now Joining the Land & New Homes team at Butler & Stag another new chapter begins.

As Land Director Richard will oversee our Land department, responsible for all land activity by contributing to and overseeing the ultimate acquisition of quality development locations across the region, and for ensuring that the maximum contribution is achieved from all land purchases. Richard will also primarily focus his time on building and maintaining relationships with local and national house builders.

Away from the office Richard and his wife Louise enjoy spending time with their two sons, which involves a lot of driving to various football and cricket commitments!

Richard Porter

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