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.

Our Surveyors

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

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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Anne McNeillie

Anne, who is AAT Qualified, 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.

Anne’s experience, gained through her 30 year career within the private sector accountancy profession, will ensure accurate record keeping, competent handling and safekeeping of client monies, in full compliance with RICS Accounting Regulations, for the practice.

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David Taylor (Consultant)

David is retained by the Practice as a consultant based in our Lancaster office. A founding Partner of Irvine Taylor, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise gathered over 50 years in the property market.

A former President of Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce and member of Lancaster District Vison Board, David has extensive local business contacts and is highly regarded in the professional community within North Lancashire.

He continues in his role dealing with commercial property management and providing bespoke advice to both existing and new clients to the Practice.

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Victoria Taylor Lewis

Victoria joined Irvine Taylor in 2011 having graduated from Salford University with a degree in Property Management and Investment and starting her professional career with the Valuation Office Agency. She historically ran the agency department in Lancaster and worked with David Taylor assisting with the property management portfolio.

Following the merger with Eckersley, Victoria has a continued role in the administration of the property management portfolio working alongside Mary Hickman, but primarily now deals with agency acquisitions and disposals in both the Lancaster and Preston offices.

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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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Keith Widdicks (Consultant)

A Former Director with NatWest Bank, Keith was Head of the Bank’s Commercial Property Finance Team covering Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside and North Wales.

Engaged as a consultant he joined Eckersley in 2015 to liaise with the Directors to work with the Practices existing client base and in business generation. He adds a unique alternative and a new dimension to the property team looking at matters from a finance perspective in addition to value and demand criteria.

Keith was born in Lancashire and brought up in Lancaster where he spent a significant portion of his professional career. He has an extensive network within the business community in the North West.

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