Ernesto Chao

Senior Associate

Gateley Legal

  • Guildford
  • t: 0148 323 0232
  • m: 07823 344 712


Ernesto advises on all aspects of residential property with a focus on off-plan and new-build properties. 

Ernesto travels to the Far East on a regular basis to attend property launches in order to meet with potential new clients. He provides potential clients with advice on buying property in England.

He represents a diverse range of clients, including first-time buyers, high net worth individuals, members of overseas royal families, foreign banks, and local housebuilders. 

In addition to English, Ernesto also speaks Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese.


  1. Advising on an acquisition of a £16m property in Central London involving trustees.
  2. Acting for a developer on an £11m bulk disposal involving sub-sale contracts and granting individual leases to ultimate buyers.
  3. Advising first-time buyers on their purchases using the Government’s Help-to-Buy Scheme.
  4. Advising foreign banks on protecting their interest by securing a charge over properties in England.
  5. Acting on behalf of members of overseas royal families on the purchase of properties in Central London.

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