DM Hall strengthens East of Scotland commercial team with series of high profile appointments

DM Hall, one of Scotland’s leading independent firms of Chartered Surveyors, is significantly growing and developing its commercial team in the East of Scotland with a series of high profile appointments.

The new additions to the team – including a director of commercial agency, a commercial valuer and a commercial surveyor – will work with Michael Court, Head of East of Scotland Commercial, who is responsible for a staff of 30, covering Edinburgh, Tayside, Fife and Central Regions including the Property Management Division in Livingston.

They include:

John Clement, who joins as director of commercial agency. John has worked with DM Hall on two previous occasions and has been involved in some of the most high profile and prestigious deals in recent Scottish history, including the sale of the site for the Scottish Parliament.

Over the past two years, John has been the Crown Estate Manager on the British dependency of St Helena in the South Atlantic, involved in upgrading infrastructure an attracting inward investment in advance of the opening of a new ?275 million airport next year.

Andrew Shaw, commercial valuer. Andrew joins DM Hall after six years with Lothian Assessors where career highlights included measuring and valuing the new Atria Development and the extension to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Morrison Street, as well as dealing with the subsequent rating appeals.

Duncan Fraser, commercial surveyor. Duncan, who also joined from Lothian Assessors, is based in Dunfermline. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2011 and previously worked in rating. He now carries out commercial valuations and agency work for various clients.

Meanwhile, long-serving DM Hall valuation expert Roy Hudghton has recently been appointed to head up the Commercial Valuation team in Edinburgh. Roy, the immediate past Head of the RICS Valuation Professional Group in Scotland, specialises in trading related valuation appraisals. He covers the whole of Scotland, and has done since qualifying in 1982.

The strengthened team will give new capability and capacity in the East area, which is experiencing a dramatic increase in demand.

Michael Court said: “I am delighted the team is growing so vigorously at such a busy and exciting time for DM Hall. It means the firm will be able to offer an even greater range of commercial services in the east, including valuations, business sales, rating, building consultancy and planning.”

Alan Gordon, the principal commercial partner of DM Hall, said: “This development of the East team is a significant move for the firm, in line with our policy of providing the best possible quality of consistent service and the highest levels of professionalism for our clients across the whole of the country.

“We are on the road to recovery. It is not a straight line, but expectations generally are that the climate will steadily improve, and the East team will bring a new depth of experience and expertise to our growing list of clients in the East of the country.”

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