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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.


    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.
    Jill Durrant
    PA to David Bessant and Neil Cooper
    01293 401040
    Alex Roberts
    Associate Director
    Alex started his career in the commercial property industry in 2014, working within all sectors along the south coast.  He is based within the Crawley office to assist the Agency and Professional Services teams.  Alex is a keen sportsman and plays football, tennis and golf – albeit not consistently!
    T: 01293 401040 M: 07795 212798
    Stephen Howe
    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
    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
    Phil Graves
    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
    Neil Cooper
    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 a former Chairperson of and a current Advisor to the Crawley Town Centre Business Improvement District (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
    Nicholas Booker
    Associate Director
    Nicholas is a qualified Chartered Building Surveyor and joined Graves Jenkins in 2020.  His broad building consultancy experience of both Residential and Commercial properties includes Pre-Purchase Surveys, Dilapidations, Defect Analysis, Specification Writing, Contract Administration and Party Wall.  Nicholas is married with two young children and is the treasurer of their school’s PTA and an active member of his local model railway club.  He regularly takes his children cycling along the Worth and Forest ways when he isn’t visiting the Bluebell Railway and regularly visits his family back home in Cornwall.     
    T: 01293 401040 M: 07747 218754
    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 a fully qualified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist.
    T: 01273 701070 M: 07435 099764
    Anthony Whitehead
    Commercial Negotiator
    Anthony has been involved in the Brighton and Hove property sector since the early 1990s, as a company owner, director, adviser and trainer.  Having been brought up in Brighton, he has considerable knowledge of the area.  He also loves riding his bike over the downs.
    T: 01273 701070 M: 07925 824162
    Toby Graves
    Commercial Negotiator
    T: 01273 701070 M: 07818 569243
    Hannah Cruttenden
    PA / Secretary
    01293 401040
    David Bessant
    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
    Stephen Oliver
    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

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