Elliot joined the bf team in December 2023 as an Associate in our Office & Industry Agency team, he previously spent 5 years working at Cushman’s gaining experience in agency and valuation. Elliot is a Chartered Surveyor and studied Real Estate at the University of Reading. Outside of work, Elliot is a keen goalkeeper and enjoys travelling and walking his dog in the Hertfordshire countryside.

Andrew is a chartered surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in the investment agency sector. He started off his professional life in general practice at Glennys before moving on to advising investors, firstly at Slade & Co and then as a Partner at niche investment agency Hoddell Stotesbury Morgan. Andrew works in national investment providing clients with strategic advice on sales and acquisitions across all the main property sectors, including office, industrial, retail, leisure and alternative.

He has acted for a variety of pension funds, property companies and family offices with clients he has advised including NFUM, CBRE IM, CCLA, LaSalle, Credit Suisse, Abrdn, Threadneedle, Milton Group, Martin’s Properties, Clipstone, Longmead Capital and Structadene.

Andrew is a member of the RICS, the IPF and the 100 Property Club.

Outside of work he is kept busy by his teenage daughters but when time permits enjoys, golf, tennis, cycling, and winter sports.

 

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.

Sara joined the bf team in July 2023 having completed her degree in Real Estate at the University of Reading.  She joined our graduate rotation programme starting her first rotation in the Valuation & Professional services team. In March 2024 she moved across to the Office & Industrial agency team to start the next stage of her rotation.

 

Professional background

Sarah has had a wide ranging career to date, she has worked in both large companies in Central London to small to medium sized practices in South Hertfordshire.

Mainly working for Surveying practices, she has also worked for two Architectural firms where she enjoyed designing extensions and refits of residential and retail properties and also a couple of schools. Sarah’s first workplace at a specialist party wall firm in London in the mid 90’s has meant that this discipline has remained part of her career and she has been specialising in this area for several years prior to joining bf. She was involved in the reconstruction of Wembley Stadium, which involved the use of inspections from many cherry pickers and also a party wall project which involved an inspection of part of London Underground’s Central Line at 3am – experiencing the highs and lows of surveying.

She has wealth of experience in dealing with numerous different clients including Tesco, Land Securities and Grosvenor Estates.

 

Experience

– Party Wall and Neighbourly matters > Working for The Crown Estate on a project close to Trafalgar Square as building owner’s surveyor. Roof alteration and extension and scaffolding and crane licences.

– Survey work > Surveys of residential properties in London and Home Counties.

– Project Management>Residential refit of house in Hitchin, £200,000 + and re-roofing works for flats in Harpenden £500,000 and refit of fire damaged property in Chesham.

– Architectural services  > Refit and extension of school in Rickmansworth, Extensions to Sainsbury’s supermarkets, domestic extensions and new build projects.

 

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.

 

 

 

Winnie joined the bf team in 2019 as an Assistant Accountant, having prevously worked in the e-cigarette industry for 6 years as accountant. Part qualified ACCA.

Vicki joined the bf team in 1998 to provide administrative support. Having worked across the Business, she has extensive knowledge of all Departments. Now working for the Retail + Leisure Agency Team, Vicki provides invaluable support ensuring the smooth running of all the administration for her team.

Trevor has spent over 35 years amassing an extensive knowledge of the commercial property market. Having joined the firm in 1990, he became a Partner just two years later and was instrumental in the merger of Freeth Melhuish and Brasier Harris to form Brasier Freeth in 2008. Trevor’s much-respected expertise has resulted in him securing many high profile occupier clients, private investors, institutional landlords and developers for our Office + Industrial Agency team.

Tim is a Principal at Brasier Freeth and heads up the Office & Industrial team. Having joined as a fresh-faced agency graduate in 2012, Tim attained his letters in 2015 and has since climbed the ranks, being the first Principal to have come through the company graduate programme.

Tim’s experience covers a broad range of work including lease advisory and valuation work however his main focus is commercial agency where he has an extensive knowledge of the regional Office and Industrial market. His view being that a granular knowledge of the local and regional market, across the sectors allows him to offer the best possible advice to a client.

The majority of his work is disposal driven and he has worked on a number of high-profile projects including the latest phase of the Prologis Park development in Hemel Hempstead, the refurbishment and disposal of HYDE on Clarendon Road, Watford and the disposal of the Warner Bros. space at Leavesden Park to name but a few.

Outside of the office Tim enjoys a challenge, where time and a young family permit, and keeping things fresh. He recently completed the London Marathon in aid of DENS and managed to raise over £4,000. All ideas for his next challenge are welcome!

 

 

 

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.

Peter joined the bf team in 2000 and became a Partner in 2004. He worked for both of the firms that merged to form Brasier Freeth and was instrumental in initiating the merger. Over the past 30+ years’ Peter has amassed an extensive knowledge of the regional commercial property market. His exceptional insight enables him to provide our clients with informed considered advice, he advises occupiers, landlords, investors and developers on all aspects of commercial property in NW London and the Northern Home Counties.

Professional experience, skills and areas of expertise

Peter is an experienced member of the Office & Industrial team he deals with agency, corporate real estate strategic advice and lease advisory work. Specialisations include complex agency disposals, relocation advice for industrial and office occupiers, development advice for both sellers and purchasers and advice to clients on lease regears, renewals and rent reviews.

Clients and professional accomplishments

Peter has advised numerous regional, national, and international companies on property acquisitions and relocations including Hilton International, TK Maxx, Europcar, Bentley Designs, Restaurant Associates, Global Infusion Group and Dentons. These have been in myriad locations including Central London, The West Country, The Midlands as well as Northern Home Counties.

Peter likes the creative unstructured elements of finding solutions for client problems with a good example being the acquisition of the freehold and leasehold elements for the creation of the TK Maxx European HQ in Watford. Of particular importance is thinking from the client’s perspective and not exclusively from that of a property professional.  Giving clear, honest advice even when it is unwelcome is a key principle that he strives to follow.

Outside of work 

Peter lives in Sarratt, a village outside Watford and has two grown up children and 3 grandchildren he likes to travel with a particular interest in unconventional trips often involving boats and mountains. Peter has climbed peaks in France, Switzerland, Italy and Norway. Recent trips have included ski-mountaineering in northern Norway plus sailing in Thailand and Brazil.

Other interests are reading, history, tennis in the summer months and the occasional cycle trip.

Ollie joined bf in 2019 as a graduate having completed a degree in Business Management at Surrey University. When Ollie first joined the practise his time was split between our Hemel Hempstead and Welwyn Garden City office assisting the Retail, Office & Industrial agency teams.

Ollie is currently working with the Retail & Leisure team based in our Kings Langley office.

Professional experience, skills and areas of expertise

Neil started his retail agency career at a busy North West London practice over 25 years’ ago, before joining Brasier Freeth in 2004 and then becoming a Principal of the business in 2015. Neil specialises in Retail and Leisure Agency, including investment and development.

With a South-East regional focus, Neil deals with Landlord agency leasing instructions, as well as the disposal of tenanted Freehold investments. Also trusted by developers, Neil has taken a large number of projects from site acquisition, advising on design phase proposals, specifications and tenant mix, through to pre-leasing and eventual sale of end investments.

Neil has acted as a disposal and acquisition agent for Tesco for approximately 20 years, having acquired in excess of 150 sites on Tesco’s behalf, predominately for their Express format and also including larger stores, generally within London and the Home Counties. Neil’s Development experience has proved invaluable to Tesco where site acquisitions often involve construction works and therefore expertise to agree planning strategy, handover specification and legal conditions, liaising directly with Tesco’s project team to deliver the best outcome for the client.

Neil has also been retained as an Outsourced Development Manager for Travelodge Hotels since 2007, with a brief to assist their expansion and work with third party Developers to identify and acquire sites for the construction of new hotels in London. Neil has since brokered the acquisition of a number of high profile sites on Travelodge’s behalf, with openings including keys sites at Brent Cross, Wembley and Harrow.

Outside of work

Neil lives in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire and enjoys going to his local gym, watching his daughter play football, overseas family road trips and the occasional drink with friends.

 

 

Mark is a Consultant to bf and has been working with our Retail + Leisure Agency team since 2009. Prior to consulting for bf, Mark held several high profile positions in London based retail and property investment firms. Mark has over 25 years’ industry experience, specialising in lease advisory work.

His diligent approach has earnt him an extensive portfolio of clients that he has successfully assisted, making savings for their businesses across the UK.

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.

Kerry joined the bf Team in 2013 as Office Manager and has since been promoted to the role of Director of HR and Administration. Prior to joining, Kerry spent over 15 years’ working in London for a diverse range of award-winning professional service firms. During this time she gained extensive office management experience and developed a broad skillset, perfect preparation for her current role overseeing the smooth-running of our multi-faceted Practice across four offices.

Formerly an Associate of bf, Katy is now working as a Consultant advising corporate, public sector and private clients on lease advisory and valuation matters. She is a Chartered Surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer with over 10 years’ experience of working in both Private Practice and Local Government, Katy provides valuable assistance to our Lease Advisory and Valuation teams.

Julia joined the bf team in 1999 to provide administrative support to our Office + Industrial Agency and Valuation team. Before joining us, Julia worked in local government for 20 years. During her time with bf, Julia has seen the Practice grow considerably and she has amassed a broad knowledge of the firm.

Her busy role working across Departments involves managing the administration for both functions and ensuring all client enquiries receive a prompt response.

Graham joined the bf team in 2005, having spent 12 years working for a London-based Agency and 2 years locally in St Albans. He now has a further 15 years’ experience within our Office + Industrial Agency team. With a solid network of contacts and his finger on the local property pulse, he advises occupiers, landlords and developers on all aspects of commercial property in NW London and the Northern Home Counties.

Felix joined the bf team on our Graduate Programme and successfully passed his APC in February 2022. During his time with the firm he has gained experience in Commercial Agency, Landlord & Tenant and Valuation. As a newly qualified Chartered Surveyor, he is continuing his work in the Office & Industrial Agency Team. Felix was promoted to Associate in April 2023.

 

Ann joined the bf team in 2008, having spent 13 years gaining extensive experience as a Management Accountant for the BBC. CIMA qualified, Ann is the Group Accountant overseeing the internal finance systems and processes and also the Property Management finances, ensuring clients receive accurate and timely reports on the finances of their portfolios.

 

 

 

Claire joined the bf team in 2015 as a Partner within our Office + Industrial Agency Team. With over 25 years’ commercial property experience, Claire uses her extensive knowledge of the Hertfordshire market and network of contacts to identify new opportunities for her occupier, landlord, investor and developer clients. She also has experience of working client-side as the Leasing Manager at SEGRO (formerly Slough Estates).

Ivan joined the Retail + Leisure Agency team at bf in 1995, having started his career at one of the oldest surveying firms in London. Over the past 30 years Ivan has established an excellent reputation for his lease advisory work. His dedication to achieving the best results for his clients is renowned and has resulted in him securing a solid client list ranging from single store occupiers to multi-national retailers across the UK.

Jeremy joined bf in 1984 to set up the Professional Services Department and became a Partner in 1988. Jeremy is a Chartered Surveyor and Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators with over 35 years’ experience advising both corporate and private clients.

His Lease Advisory expertise is also recognised by our professional body, the RICS – he is on the President’s Panel of Independent Experts and Arbitrators, acting regularly as appointed Dispute Resolver on rent reviews.