Senior appointments bolster Vail Williams’ Thames Valley team

Property consultancy Vail Williams has appointed two experienced recruits to senior roles in its Thames Valley office.

Martin Hughes and Laura Haleem – both previously with Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) – have joined the firm’s valuation team based in Reading.

Martin has 27 years’ commercial property experience across the Thames Valley and wider south east region, most recently as LSH regional head of valuation.

EXPERIENCED: Martin Hughes, who has joined property consultancy Vail Williams’ Thames Valley office as a Partner

Highly regarded in the business community, he joins Vail Williams as a Partner in the valuation team.

Laura Haleem, who has more than 10 years’ property experience specialising in valuation and development appraisals across retail, office and industrial sectors – joins as an Associate in the valuation team.

VALUER: Laura Haleem, who has joined property consultancy Vail Williams’ Thames Valley office as an Associate

David Thomas, Vail Williams’ regional managing partner for the Thames Valley, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Martin and Laura to join our growing full property service team here in Reading.

“This is very much part of the next stage of our growth plan as we look ahead to 2022 and beyond.”

Vail Williams says the appointments build on its existing valuation offering, complementing the firm’s wider services such as agency, building consultancy, lease advisory, investment, planning and development expertise, as well as property asset management and occupier consultancy.

Martin Hughes said: “I am delighted to be joining Vail Williams and am particularly looking forward to the new opportunities which will inevitably arise as a result of working in a dynamic and multi discipline environment.”

Laura said: “It is fantastic to be joining Vail Williams and I look forward to working with my new colleagues and further developing my career.”

Martin and Laura started in their new roles on Monday, February 7.




Notes to reporters

Vail Williams LLP is one of the largest independent providers of commercial and residential property advice in the UK.

Holder of the Gold accreditation from Investors in People, the firm provides property advice for landlords, occupiers, investors, developers and landowners in both the public and private sector, across the UK.

A full-service property consultancy, Vail Williams advises on a broad range of property issues – from lease advice, property valuation and planning, to asset management and property acquisition and disposal.

The firm is a specialist provider of business rates advice, having expanded its business rates team with the acquisition of business rate specialists Bisset Moffatt Hill (2016), and the general rating division of Ruddle Merz (2017).

Further acquisitions have included Hughes Ellard (2018), New Ballerino (2018), Trilogie CRE (2019) and Cowling & West (2021).

Vail Williams employs 170 people, of which 50 are partners, based across its ten offices in the Midlands and south of England (Birmingham, Crawley, Woking, Heathrow, Leeds, London, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, Bournemouth).


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