I’m a Chartered Surveyor and a member of a number of professional associations including the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, NHF Professional and the Agricultural Law Association.
I’m from a farming family in Northumberland and Cumbria and I studied zoology, followed by land economy at the University of Aberdeen.
I joined Hobbs Parker in 1998 just after the firm moved to Orbital Park. At work, my expertise includes knowing how to handle compulsory purchase orders (CPOs); compensation claims; pipelines; telecommunications; general tenancy matters and the single payment scheme.
Away from work I like sport (I watch more than I play!), travel, and it’s always good to have a beer with friends. You may well find me in the New Flying Horse in Wye on a Friday evening.
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What to do when a utility company wants access to your land
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Steve Davies and Elizabeth Welch promoted to Associate Directors
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Development land market in the pandemic
Well as it happens, I am pleased to say that Jon Rimmer, Sam Snart and I have been incredibly busy, and the development world has kept on turning. It’s populated by optimistic, resourceful and determined […]Find out more
Rewilding in Agricultural Tenancies
Most existing agricultural tenancies will not properly capture these opportunities so it is important for landlords and tenants to discuss and agree who might ultimately benefit from any new arrangements relating to biodiversity gain, nutrient […]Find out more
What a year!
We have continued to support and advise our clients, whether this is in the livestock market, selling property, or undertaking professional work. We have a great team of professionals and they have worked hard to […]Find out more
Kent and East Sussex - Local Plan updates and deadlines
Local plans are important planning policy documents which are used to guide development to certain areas. These plans take a long time in the making, which means that there are only certain times in perhaps […]Find out more
Agriculture Bill - What could it mean for landowners and farmers?
Our attention must be on the Agriculture Bill, which the Government hopes to have in place by the spring to allow the country to develop its own agricultural policy. Change is the only certainty; the […]Find out more
How to make the best of a Compulsory Purchase Order
As a result there is likely to be an ongoing demand to use compulsory purchase powers (CPOs) to make it all happen – and that can often be difficult for the landowner unless they’ve got […]Find out more
Netflix linked with move to Ashford?
The possible plans for a European filming hub presented recently to Ashford Borough Council could transform the long-abandoned Newtown railway works into seven state-of-the-art film studios. If the project goes ahead, the studios could sit […]Find out more
Vicky Phillips returns to Hobbs Parker's Property Consultants team
Having reached the position of Partner in her previous role at a national firm, Vicky has a wealth of experience in farm, land and estate valuations in the south-east and nationally, for private client, high […]Find out more
Inheritance tax relief for farm businesses
It is not uncommon for farm businesses to shy away from Inheritance Tax planning, as it is sometimes controversial within families, and almost always time-consuming. However, a proactive approach is vital in tax planning to ensure eligibility for relevant reliefs. Farm […]Find out more
Could the latest business rates revaluation hit your pocket?
Farm buildings and agricultural land will continue to be exempt from business rates as long as they are being used for agriculture. However, many farmers may have diversified since the last revaluation in 2010 and […]Find out more
Is now the right time to diversify?
As well as developing your business plan and securing the necessary finance, many face the challenge of avoiding lengthy and costly planning applications, especially with many farms being in the AoNB or close to SSSIs […]Find out more
Is it time to loosen the Green Belt?
With demand for housing continuing at an unprecedented rate, despite the possible implications of Brexit, some people are asking: Is it time to review the Green Belt and its role and current size? However, Sajid […]Find out more
Is selling some land an option in 2016?
There appears to be very little confidence of an improvement in outlook for the agricultural sector in the short term. So, is selling an option for some in 2016? The controversial option is to sell […]Find out more