About Us

About Us

Welcome to Eckersley

Eckersley is an independent General Practice firm of Chartered Surveyors and Commercial Property Consultants undertaking a range of professional property services throughout the North West of England, in addition to providing specialist advice to clients on a national basis.

Eckersley has established a client list ranging from sole traders to major PLCs. These include National and International Retailers, Higher Education Colleges, Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, major developers, a number of national house builders and all of the leading High Street Banks.

For informal discussions, in complete confidence, please contact one of the following surveyors:-

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John Bretherton (Consultant)

John provides an extensive range of professional services specialising in valuation and appraisal of commercial property, Landlord and Tenant disputes and Compulsory Purchase and Compensation matters.

He is qualified as both an Arbitrator and Independent Expert and is on the President’s panel for both these disciplines, regularly receiving instructions from the RICS. His expertise and qualifications have extended his role as a dispute resolver, and he now undertakes appointments under PACT and has acted as Expert Witness in a number of commercial property disputes.

In addition to his professional role, John is also involved with residential development where he works closely with planning advisors to identify and secure sites. He advises landowners and developers upon the acquisition and disposal of development sites and undertakes appraisals and viability assessments on behalf of both financial organisations and private clients. As part of his residential development role, he is also regularly called upon to provide his expertise in determining development land values under Option Agreements or to provide expert testimony to the Courts and at Planning Inquiries.

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Mark Clarkson

Mark is actively involved in the agency market operating predominantly in the North West on a range of acquisition, disposal and development orientated instructions.

Whilst overseeing the business space agency department, in recent years he has advised on a number of mixed use developments mainly being food retail led in addition to the acquisition and disposal of residential development sites for house builders, retirement home operators, local authorities and Housing Associations. He has further provided independent expert reports and testimony in support of Planning Appeals on several larger scale development projects.

Mark also provides advice in relation to investment property on behalf of a range of clients across all property sectors including the provision of supporting documentation subject to client’s specific requirements.

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Martin Connolly

Martin has over 30 years experience in the North West property market and heads our Commercial Valuation team specialising in loan security valuations for major High Street Banks. He also advises private clients on a range of valuation matters for purposes including, but not limited to, acquisition, accounts, pension fund, transfer and capital gains issues.

Furthermore Martin undertakes Business Rating Appeals across the region negotiating reductions in the 2010 Rating List. He is also able to assist with Landlord and Tenant negotiations including rent reviews, lease renewals and valuations to assist with end of lease dilapidations claims.

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Mark Heaton

Mark began his professional career in central Manchester over twenty years ago, and has since been involved in commercial property valuation over the whole of the North West region, reporting to many well known High Street lenders for loan security purposes.

He undertakes a wide variety of work for private and professional clients, pension providers and others, including  for tax, matrimonial and probate purposes whilst also providing advice upon rent review and lease renewal matters.

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Mary Hickman

Mary’s career began in the leisure industry, before a number of years spent in the private and public sector prior to joining Eckersley.

Her main focus is in the retail, office and licensed/leisure agency markets advising a wide range of clients in respect of the acquisition and disposal of property ranging from premises on the High Street to new local/district centre development and out of town retail accommodation. In recent years Mary has also been involved in a number of food retail developments of varying formats.

Mary also heads Eckersley’s property management department which administers an extensive range of property assets from single occupancy units to large mixed use retail parks. Our management portfolio, where we act for a varied mix of private and corporate clients, extends throughout the North West, Midlands and as far afield as Norfolk.

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Andrew Taylorson

Andy qualified from a professional background focusing on asset valuation and business rating. Andy used this grounding and these technical skills to assist him in his current role as a development surveyor advising clients on major development projects in the North of England and offering specific advice to private clients, developers and end users.

He has an extensive track record being involved in a number of major development projects, delivering both single and mixed use schemes within the retail, office, industrial, leisure and residential sectors.

In addition to Andy’s development role, he also provides advice to several educational and sporting entities in relation to the rationalisation and strategic use of their assets in the short, medium and long term.

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Shirley Grimshaw

Shirley is Eckersley’s Client Account’s Manager and oversees all matters concerning client funds within the practice.  Her principle duties include co-ordinating rent and service charge collection, the administration of expenditure for the property assets under management and liaison with, and reconciliation of funds to, our management clients and their tenants.

Shirley’s extensive career within the commercial property management sector means that our clients and their tenants receive comprehensive and knowledgeable advice in relation to day to day management issues and the administration of client monies as well as full compliance with RICS Accounting Regulations by the practice.

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Fiona Warren

Fiona is Eckersley’s Marketing & Sales Coordinator, utilising expertise gained from over 15 years working with the likes of Kellogg’s, Weetabix and Bass on Marketing based projects.

She co-ordinates the marketing and strategies of all disposal instructions within Eckersley’s Agency department to ensure an effective and successful sale process. Fiona also works alongside the Development team assisting in identifying sites, undertaking background research and site profiling to targeted end users.

Fiona also oversees Eckersley’s in-house database, which holds an extensive amount of property requirement information relating to the local and regional market place, ensuring it is as up-to-date as possible. This ensures Eckersley maintains all the latest information to assist with the proactive disposal of client’s premises and sites.

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