A niche firm of Chartered Surveyors specialising in offices in and around the West End.


Disposal & Acquisition of Offices

Letting offices is the backbone of our business. Using every available method of marketing – both traditional and modern - we aim to find the best tenant as quickly as possible and to negotiate the most favourable terms. The same applies when acquiring premises on behalf of clients, whether leaseholds or freeholds.

For further information contact any of the Partners.

Development Advice

We are regularly appointed at the outset of the development process so that we advise on all aspects of a scheme from specifications and finishes to the likely needs of tenants and rental levels. Our involvement takes us through the development process, the marketing campaign and culminates with the successful disposal of the property.

Two high profile current instructions are 190 Great Portland Street (a new 80,000 sq ft office building) for Great Portland Estates plc and the former Marks & Spencer HQ on Baker Street where London & Regional are transforming the building to provide more than 400,000 sq ft of Grade ‘A’ office accommodation.

For further information contact any of the Partners.



Rent Reviews

Eagerly awaited by landlords and a source of great worry to tenants, valuation for rent review is an imprecise science where proper professional representation is essential.

Assessment of market rental to value is rooted in agency. What would the premises let for upon the terms of a hypothetical lease created by the wording of the lease? A successful rent review surveyor will have first-hand knowledge of the market value of buildings in their area of expertise and the technical ability to assess location, specification and lease terms by comparison with the market evidence. You need to have the ability to negotiate effectively in the client’s best interest and to present evidence to arbitrators and independent experts in an effective and honest manner.

The Edward Charles team exemplify these qualities.

Some of our competitors agree. Witness the fact that over the last couple of years, major surveyors practices Cushman & Wakefield, Healey & Baker, Drivers Jonas and DTZ Debenham Tie Leung have retained our services in connection with the rent reviews of their own premises.

Other clients in 2005 include BAE Systems Plc, Lowe & Partners, Bartle Bogle Hegarty and MTV.

For further information contact David Fryman

Lease Renewals

Lease expiries are opportunities for occupiers to relocate or renew their lease.

Whilst an increasing number of leases are ‘Outside’ the Security of Tenure Provisions of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and therefore tenants have no automatic right to a new lease, the vast majority still enjoy the protection of the Act. Statutory lease renewals are increasingly complex projects on which we work with our client's solicitor often from in excess of a year before the contractual expiry date to ensure that proper Notices are served to best tactical effect, application to the Court is made and negotiations conducted with the other side. In the event that a negotiated settlement is not reached the matter proceeds to Court, involving us in the preparation of expert’s reports and the giving of oral evidence in Court.

In a volatile market a landlord and tenant surveyor must have the confidence and market knowledge to be able to advise a client when to wage war and when to compromise a dispute. They should also have the ability to think about whether any negotiated deal can be done to enhance both parties’ position during the renewal process.

Case Study: Harbottle & Lewis

For further information contact David Fryman

Business Rates

The 2005 Rating Revaluation came into force on 1 April 2005 and will, subject to transitional phasing considerations, form the basis of rates payment for 5 years from that date.

We offer a comprehensive rating service to clients of the Practice which encompasses advice on rates liability and, if appropriate, the lodging and prosecution of rating appeals.

For further information contact David Fryman or Tom Ridley