1. What type of work do you cover from the Banbury Office? Commercial Agency, Investment and Development. Heavily Industrial biased but also office and retail.
2. What made you choose a career in commercial property? Seemed a natural route for me following work within my family business. On the whole it has been a very good and interesting career with opportunities to mix and communicate with all sorts of different businesses. Not being desk bound all day is a definite plus.
3. What is the most interesting/challenging instruction you are working on at the moment? Well, challenging is the right word in this case. It has also reminded me that you never stop learning. Initial instructions were taken from an American International company to acquire freehold office premises in Oxfordshire. Existing buildings were the target and 12 months on the goal posts have changed and we are now pursuing a land acquisition and rather than a turnkey deal our clients are assembling a team (with my help) to build 25,000sqft offices themselves.
4. Has Brexit and the recent general election had an impact on your local market? Not really. The market is very tight at the moment with few options for those leasing or purchasing.
5. What is your view of the market over the course of the next 12 months? The shortage of supply is keeping the market buoyant. However, in 12 months time we will be that much closer to brexiting and with uncertainty comes a slower and more difficult market for commercial property.
6. If you had to pick a favourite building what would it be and why? Saint Paul’s Cathedral is a magnificent building both from its external appearance and more importantly internally. I used to work in the City a few hundred meters from this architectural star. I often visited it but saw it every day and never tired of it. To walk and look up at the whispering gallery with the sun shining in is a stunning experience.