Our Business

Londonewcastle has been creating award-winning developments in the capital for three decades. But in 2008 the property landscape started to change. Today while we continue to develop assets for private investors, more and more opportunities begin in the public sector. A new world needs a new kind of developer, one who unlocks the potential for an unprecedented cast of stakeholders and also for the places it seeks to change.

We understand this new complexity. We know how to bring together the players, both public and private; how to manage the processes, politics and personalities; and how to strike up winning relationships. At the same time our commitment to the quality of the end product – beautiful homes - is undiminished. Our choices in architecture and design are always bespoke, our sales & marketing skills fine tuned, while the growing scale of projects only deepens the personal connection everyone of us has with our work. For every one of our developments in this new world, it is all a matter of unlocking the potential.

Board Directors

We’ve built a strong company culture over three decades. We are a group of committed and energetic professionals with a hands-on approach to achieving the best results. It’s important we enjoy ourselves while we do it and have built a loyal team with a shared vision.

David Barnett

Founder and CEO

David is co-founder of the business with over 30 years’ experience in London residential and mixed-use property and its development. At its helm he steered Londonewcastle through the 2008 global financial crisis, oversaw the acquisition of all its assets from Lloyds Banking Group, and has successfully positioned the LN brand as a leading multi-disciplinary platform, establishing key partnerships in both the public and private sectors.

Robert Soning

Founder and COO

Co-founder of the business with over 25 years’ experience in developing mixed use residential-led properties in London. Robert leads the day-to-day operations of the company, in particular shaping its ongoing brand vision, which has turned Londonewcastle into one of the UK’s leading independent multi-use developers. Robert is also co-chairman of the Roundhouse Gala Committee and heads fundraising for one of Europe’s most famous music venues.

Chris Phillips


Chris has more than 40 years experience of International Corporate Finance, Real Estate, and Fund Management. For the past seven years he has chaired Places for People, a diversified property management and leisure group with gross assets of £3.7bn and over 11,600 employees. He is also chairman of Horizon Infrastructure, Apex Airspace and NCL, as well as a director investor in James Andrew Residential. Chris acts as a seed investor and advisor/director to a number of other businesses and acts as a consultant advisor to two UK fund management companies.

Baerbel Schuett

Development Director

Baerbel has enjoyed a global career in the construction industry, more than a decade of which has been spent with Londonewcastle. She is also a qualified architect and her status in the professional consultancy world makes her an acknowledged leader in the field. She runs LN’s in-house development management department and handles all complex schemes, through every stage with trademark collaborative precision.

James Shindler


James has worked for Londonewcastle since it was founded. Today as a board director he specialises in strategic master planning and asset management of mixed-use schemes. He played an important part in the company’s successful 2011 acquisition of its assets from Lloyds Bank and has been instrumental in positioning the LN Development Management team as one of London’s most dynamic.

Vijay Vijaishankar

Finance Director

Vijay has 20 years’ experience in strategic financial management and running medium-size businesses. He has been at Londonewcastle for over a decade, today he leads the Londonewcastle finance team working closely with our external advisors. He has an in-depth understanding of cash flow management, expertise in company restructuring processes, and has built strong relationships with all of Londonewcastles' key partners.

Tom Berg

Associate Director

Tom joined Londonewcastle in 2012 and is one of the driving forces behind our new business and acquisitions strategy. Responsible for the day-to-day sourcing of new opportunities, Tom has an in-depth understanding of how to shape transactions and relationships with key individuals in both the public and private sectors.