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Professional Services

It is critical to know what your property assets are worth for many different reasons.  Whether you own property as an investment or you lease business premises, you will require professional advice at times in order to make prudent property decisions.
 
We have an experienced and professionally qualified team able to deliver the advice required.  Our knowledge and research of local and regional markets ensures our advice will be up to date, focused and market sensitive.
 
Our team of Chartered Surveyors work in compliance with the requirements of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) offering a high standard of customer service.

Litigation

Property litigation is now far more prevalent and disputes concerning property use, rights and ownership often require the expertise of RICS qualified property valuers. We are well versed in providing/giving such advice on property related disputes, fulfilling the role of Expert Witness in compliance with Court and Tribunal protocol.  We can be appointed by one party to a dispute or act as a single Joint Expert between the parties.

These services include:

  • Inspection of subject properties, consideration of the issues and initial advice.
  • Production of Court/RICS compliant Expert Witness reports for Court or Tribunal use.
  • Discussions with the opposing Expert, in the latter stages to narrow issues in dispute.
  • Full liaison with the instructing party/their legal advisers throughout.
  • Attendance in Court/Tribunal giving Expert Evidence as an Expert Witness.
We have experience in dealing with a wide range of both commercial and residential property valuation disputes including on rights of way, extent of land ownership and on matrimonial matters.  Our role as an Expert Witness also extends to rent reviews and lease renewals when referred to Court or Arbitration.
 
 
 

Housing Associations & Local Authorities

We provide a range of advice to many Housing Associations and Local Authorities on:

  • Site acquisition/development and site market value, including any commercial element.
  • Residential market rents and market values of individual units.
  • Affordable Housing values.
David Bessant
Director
David heads the Commercial Agency Department based in the Crawley office with a “hands on – can do” approach.  In addition to Commercial Agency Services he advises clients on a wide range of property issues including Asset Management, Investment and Development opportunities. 
T: 01293 401040 M: 07767 422530
bessant@graves-jenkins.com
Neil Cooper
Director
Neil heads the Professional Services Team based in Crawley and his expertise covers Valuations,  Landlord and Tenant matters and Litigation/Expert Witness work.   Neil is Chairperson and a Director of the Crawley Town Centre BID. He has a passion for playing various sports albeit his golf could be better. He is a Brighton and Hove Albion season ticket holder.  
T: 01293 401040 M: 07798 654154
cooper@graves-jenkins.com
Stephen Oliver
Director
Stephen has 32 years agency experience specialising in commercial property including the investment and development markets. Clients receive rounded and tailored advice to help exceed their aspirations. Stephen is married with 3 children, lives in Brighton, and is occasionally found mountain biking on the South Downs.   
T: 01293 401040 M: 07786 577323
oliver@graves-jenkins.com
Phil Graves
Director
Phil is one of the founding Directors of Graves Jenkins, alongside the late Richard Jenkins, in 1993. Approaching 40 years’ property experience specialising in commercial agency, investment and development sectors. President of BHEAA in 2010. Executive Member of BHEP. Co-founder of Construction Voice with the Chamber of Commerce. A charity fundraiser. Married with twin boys, a keen sports follower and a single figure handicap golfer.
T: 01273 701070 M: 07970 747197
graves@gravesjenkins.com
Thomas Neal
Associate Director
Thomas works in our Crawley office across the Professional Services and Commercial Agency teams. He has 8 years of experience as a valuer and agent in the local market. He lives in Lewes with his fiancé and enjoys running, cycling and walking on the South Downs.
T: 01293 401040 M: 07402 029513
neal@graves-jenkins.com
Oli Graves
Senior Negotiator
Born in Brighton, Oli leads the Commercial Property Agency in our Brighton Office where landlords, buyers and prospective tenants can expect both quality service and communication. After graduating from West Palm Beach, Florida with an MBA, Oli is now training to become a fully qualified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist.
T: 01273 701070 M: 07435 099764
oli@gravesjenkins.com
Nicholas Booker
Chartered Building Surveyor
Nicholas is a qualified Chartered Building Surveyor and joined Graves Jenkins in 2020. His broad building consultancy experience includes surveys, dilapidations, defect analysis, works as a Contract Administrator and Party Wall.   He is married with two young children and hobbies include walking, cycling, and visiting National Trust gardens.      
T: 01293 401040 M: 07747 218754
booker@graves-jenkins.com
Stephen Howe
Consultant
Steve has worked in Mid Sussex for over 40 years starting as a trainee surveyor with the long established firm of Bradley and Vaughan in Haywards Heath. Steve is a Chartered Building Surveyor and undertakes a wide range of building surveying tasks, in particular, acting in accordance with the provisions of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.  
T: 01444 458444 M: 07971 756162
howe@graves-jenkins.com
Jill Durrant
PA to David Bessant and Neil Cooper
PA
01293 401040
durrant@graves-jenkins.com
Hannah Cruttenden
PA / Secretary
PA/Secretary
01293 401040
cruttenden@graves-jenkins.com
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