Knight Frank has insisted it is still committed to the London market after opening its 31st office outside of the capital.
The agent has opened the doors of a new site in Weybridge, Surrey, boosting its presence in the plush commuter area.
A spokesman told EYE that the firm has always had a strong presence around Elmbridge for more than 60 years so are just “cementing” that with a new office alongside existing locations in Esher and Cobham.
The latest shift away from the capital comes after Richard Cutt and Tim Wright, who founded the prime central London team at Knight Frank, were said to have decided to retire at the end of last year, fuelling rumours, since denied, of redundancies at the agent.
A spokesman said Knight Frank is still committed to London and has been opening offices in the city this year.
The team in Weybridge will be led by partner Adam Burlison, who has worked in the local market for over 20 years and moved from Savills to Knight Frank Cobham in 2010.
Also moving to the Weybridge office is partner Tim Garbett, who helped launch the Knight Frank Esher office in 1987.
Completing the team is sales associate Kirsten MacLaurin.
James Cleland, partner and regional head of north Surrey, said: “The opening of Knight Frank Weybridge consolidates our presence in the Elmbridge ‘Golden Triangle’, an area of Surrey which has always been of the utmost importance for the Knight Frank country business, given its enduring popularity and consistently active buyer and seller market.
“Both Adam and Tim are great assets to the company and they have already started to build a fantastic team around them to support this expansion. I am also very pleased that we have been able to recruit some top-level talent as well as provide an opportunity for our own exceptional people to rise within the business.”
Meanwhile, Hunters has opened a new branch in Tottenham, offering sales and lettings as well as block management.
Michael Sitanaris, co-owner of Hunters Tottenham, said: “Knowing that the 200 plus offices are predominantly owner run was one of the key reasons we decided to join the group.
“The other key factors included the ability to access potential buyers throughout the UK network and the fantastic marketing and training support Hunters offers.
“Hunters’ success is built around excellent customer service and unrivalled proactivity, values and beliefs that I and the team fully endorse.
“We’ll be with our customers at every stage of their property transaction.”