Matt joined the team in August 2023. He studied Real Estate at Nottingham Trent University with the addition of a 12-month placement at Tesco Property as part of his sandwich course. He enjoys fitness, boxing training and travelling. Matt has joined our graduate rotation programme, his first rotation was with the Retail & Leisure team based in Central London office. In March 2024 he moved across to the Professional & Valuation team.

Daniel joined us in February 2023, he is an experienced General Practice Surveyor and Registered Valuer.

Ben joined us in October 2022. He studied Geography at the University of Portsmouth and then went on to study Real Estate at the University of Reading. He loves travelling, the outdoors and he’s a Scout leader in his spare time. Ben joined  our graduate rotation programme starting his first rotation in the professional department with Steve and team in the Valuation team. In March 2024 he moved across to the Retail & Leisure team to start the next stage of his rotation for a short while before moving back to Valuation.

Professional experience, skills and areas of expertise

Andrew is a member of the Valuation & Professional team at Brasier Freeth and is based at our Kings Langley office. He has a large caseload of lease advisory instructions for landlord and tenant clients and also carries out valuations for loan security and other purposes. He takes pride in the fact that he is a fair person and will always treat others with respect. He also never misses a deadline.

He has an established track record of achieving successful outcomes for landlord and tenant clients in relation to rent reviews, lease renewals and other professional instructions. His experience encompasses client-side roles at Sally Salon Services, First Quench Retailing and City Plumbing as well as working in private practice, notably including ten years at niche firm Day and Bell where he was part of an asset management team responsible for over 3,000 retail, office, industrial and residential properties mainly in the Home Counties but also as far afield as the Midlands, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

Clients and professional accomplishments 

Andrew has carried out valuations for a range of well known clients including Nat West, HSBC, Handelsbanken and Virgin Money as well as Hertfordshire County Council and Look Ahead, a charitable organisation that delivers mental health, learning disabilities, homelessness and young people services. In relation to lease advisory instructions he has negotiated lease renewals on behalf of Esquire Retail Limited and Howden Insurance as well as lease advisory instructions for numerous other clients, both large and small.

Andrew contributed to a very successful acquisitions programme at City Plumbing, helping to secure 9 new branches in the South East in the first year in a very competitive market. While at First Quench Retailing he was responsible for over 400 branches which included over 80 rent reviews and lease renewals per year.

Outside of work 

Andrew lives in Letchworth Garden City and has four children ranging in ages from 22 to 13. He is a long-suffering Charlton Athletic supporter and goes to home matches at The Valley whenever he can. After something of a break he now has the running bug again and can frequently be seen on the pavements of Letchworth or alongside the Grand Union Canal at Kings Langley during weekday lunchtimes.

 

 

 

Steve joined bf in 2017 and heads up our Valuation team. As a Chartered Surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer, Steve has spent the majority of the last 20 years working across Hertfordshire, north and east London establishing a solid reputation for his Valuation work on behalf of a number of high street banks and other lending institutions.

Steve has a wealth of experience accross the commercial property sectors with a particular specialism in the appraisal of development sites, representing a variety of private developers and housing associations. Steve also advises a number of Local Authorities in relation to the acquisition, disposal and review of their property assests.

Simon joined the firm in 1988 and became a Partner in 1990. Simon has been a Chartered Surveyor for over 45 years’ and has undertaken a variety of lease advisory and valuation work including commercial property valuations for banks, local authority land appraisals, development consultancy and rating work.

Simon is well-known within the Watford business community for his expertise and is regularly used as a sounding board for his honest, informed and considered advice.

Lesley joined the bf Team in 2013, having spent 14 years working for a local Estate Agency. Whilst in her last position as Lettings Manager, she gained her qualification to become a Member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents. At bf Lesley provides much-needed administrative support to our Valuation team and wider business.