Vail Williams has enlarged its Thames Valley operation by opening a new office in Oxford.

The new office, initially in Barclay House, Botley, will be headed by Richard Dawtrey, partner and head of investment, while two new members of staff, partner Mike Watson and surveyor Clark Tersol, have been recruited from Cluttons in Oxford.

Historic and listed building specialist Chris Bailey has been appointed to cover building consultancy and other hires are in the pipeline, including support staff.

Senior staff will support the new office from a range of disciplines including Guy Parkes (agency), Sarah Isherwood (planning), Dan Pearce (valuation) and Roland Browning (occupier advisory) all of whom are already active in the Oxfordshire marketplace.

Managing partner Matthew Samuel-Camps said: “This further strategic growth is aligned with our business plan, enhancing our offer geographically and synergising perfectly with our current office footprint, particularly that of Birmingham, London and Reading.

“Richard, who had six years’ commercial property experience at a national firm based in Oxford before moving to Vail Williams, has kept in touch with his old client base and is clearly the perfect person to lead our city team.

“There is no denying that Oxford and Oxfordshire are significant growth areas and bringing in Mike was crucial to the process. He has worked in Oxford for 25 years, has a second-to-none reputation, knows the city’s property market inside out, is an expert on the city centre and, in particular, acts for a number of the colleges.

“Oxford is a significant and world-renowned educational centre with a high growth wider region – including in Bicester, Abingdon, Banbury and Didcot where there has been substantial investment – and of course the significant business growth witnessed in the city itself allied to the university, especially in the life science markets.

“We already have a high quality, established client base in the region and will be seeking to build on our existing presence by offering a multi-disciplinary approach, as well as our expanding sector expertise in residential, energy and environmental and town centre re-purposing.”

Image: The Vail Williams team celebrating the opening of the property consultancy’s new Oxford office, from left, Roland Browning, Guy Parkes, Matthew Samuel-Camps, David Barden, Emma Parker, Sarah Isherwood, Clark Tersol, Richard Dawtrey, Carl Grint, Jiezel Richards, Dan Pearce, Mike Watson, Chris Bailey and Shrutika Tekawade.

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