MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

Leasehold Valuers was established in September 2013. Based in Croydon, but working across England and Wales, our dynamic team is highly qualified and experienced in all aspects of leasehold reform and the valuation of residential leasehold properties.
Leasehold Valuers was established in September 2013. Based in Croydon, but working across England and Wales, our dynamic team is highly qualified and experienced in all aspects of leasehold reform and the valuation of residential leasehold properties.

 
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Louie Burns
Partner


Passionate about the rights of leaseholders, Louie is well-known for his campaigning work on behalf of leaseholders. Louie regularly appears in the media as an expert, and presents at events, seminars and conferences in the wider property industry. Louie co-authored the Leasehold Valuers Relativity Graph 2017, which is now widely accepted in the sector and has been used in a number of recent tribunals.

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Steve Jones
Director of Valuation
sjones@leasehold-valuers.com


Steve’s passion for residential property began at a young age and before he obtained a BA (Hons) degree in Real Estate Valuation. He then became a graduate surveyor, where he was introduced to Leasehold Reform work just in time for the 2002 update in legislation and qualified as a chartered surveyor. Steve has solely acted for leaseholders since 2007, after joining John D Wood & Co., where he helped produce the Pure Tribunal relativity graph and a Working Paper on rare sales of un-enfranchiseable leases. Since 2013, Steve has been Director of Valuation for Leasehold Valuers, overseeing the lease extension and freehold purchase of thousands of properties across London, the South East and increasingly beyond, whilst also helping produce an updated graph on relativity.

 
 
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Joanna Stephenson
Senior Valuer
jstephenson@leasehold-valuers.com

Joanna is a Chartered Surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer. After attaining a degree in Estate Management from Edinburgh Napier University, she began her RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) training at the largest residential valuation firm in the Middle East, undertaking mortgage valuations for notable private clients and financial services including HSBC and Standard Chartered. She joined the Leasehold Valuers team as a Graduate Surveyor in May 2015, qualified and then became a Senior Valuer in November 2017. Her work now predominantly involves Leasehold Reform matters, together with RICS professional valuations including tax and probate.

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Sophie Lyall
Business Manager
slyall@leasehold-valuers.com

Before joining Leasehold Valuers in 2013, Sophie previously worked for Estates Gazette and, in conjunction with Auctioneers across the South of England, advised property investors on their Buy to Let portfolios. With a passion for residential property, Sophie is currently working towards obtaining a BSc (Hons) degree in Estate Management, whilst studying for her APC. Sophie has been the Business Manager for Leasehold Valuers since 2014, assisting lease extensions and freehold purchases on behalf of thousands of property owners.

 
 
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Dean Merryman
Trainee Valuer
dmerryman@leasehold-valuers.com

Dean has a real passion for surveying property, borne from personal experience of completing a lease extension. Dean made a career change into residential surveying, specialising in the leasehold reform sector in 2014. He is currently studying to achieve the AssocRICS DipSurV & RICS Registered Valuer qualification. “I enjoy using my personal experience to provide clients with valuations and information allowing them to understand the complex process of a lease extension.”

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Darren Richardson
Trainee Valuer
drichardson@leasehold-valuers.com

Darren joined Leasehold Valuers in March 2015 as an Administrator, working up to Sales Executive. He is now a Trainee Valuer and is studying a degree in Real Estate Management BSc (Hons) and working towards Chartered status with the University College of Estate Management. “Having worked for larger companies in the past, I enjoy working for a small business and having a greater say in the day-to-day running of a business.”

 
 
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Grace Clarke
Business Development Executive
gclarke@leasehold-valuers.com

Grace began working as an apprentice in business administration for Leasehold Valuers in 2015 and now supports the team as Business Development Executive. “I love to help leaseholders who find themselves in a difficult situation.”

 
 

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  • “Very professional and we arrived at a much better outcome than had I accepted an extortionate informal offer from my freeholder. Sophie at Leasehold Valuers was particularly helpful throughout this protracted process.”

    Miss Lodder, South London

  • “Excellent service from the initial enquiry through to completion of negotiations.”

    Mr Rehman, Ilford

  • “The team at Leasehold Valuers has been incredibly efficient, professional and pleasant throughout the whole process. Thank you!”

    Ms Lewis, Dubai (Owner of a Surrey property)

  • “I found Leasehold Valuers pleasant to deal with and helpful in explaining the process and keeping me advised throughout. I was very satisfied with the eventual outcome and would be happy to recommend them.”

    Mr Mott, SW16

  • “Very satisfied with the process from early enquiries to final negotiations with the freeholder.”

    Mr Baines, Croydon

  • “I found everybody I spoke to be very helpful and I intend to ask Leasehold Valuers to act for me again.”

    Mr Harvey, Kent

  • “I received service beyond my expectations. Leasehold Valuers helped me to push to a resolution; charges are extremely reasonable.”

    Mr Hassan, E17

  • “Leasehold Valuers were very efficient and professional in their handling of every stage of the process.”

    Mr Cox, Sutton

  • “Leasehold Valuers made me feel confident that I had chosen the right people to deal with my lease extension. They were able to negotiate a premium which was below the expected minimum. So I am a very happy customer!”

    Ms Khanom, Barking

  • “Very professional in all respects. I felt that the process was well explained and that negotiations were undertaken very swiftly.”

    Miss O R Obiakpani, Lewisham

  • “Leasehold Valuers is a very efficient firm, with knowledgeable professionals offering clear advice and an excellent service. We were well supported and guided throughout the lease extension process.”

    Mr & Mrs Gibson, London

  • “ I cannot overstate the excellence of the service Leasehold Valuers offered. I contacted them on a number of occasions throughout the process and they responded swiftly and advised wisely. We would most certainly recommend their services to anyone in need of leasehold advice.”

    Ms Heaphy, London

  • “ Leasehold Valuers were very helpful and professional in dealing with my initial enquiries. They took their time to explain to me the whole process and how long a lease extension would take. I am very happy with what they negotiated on my behalf, saving me almost £3k from what the freeholders were asking for.”

    Mr Ighorue, Essex

  • “ Leasehold Valuers were very helpful and professional in dealing with my initial enquiries. They took their time to explain to me the whole process and how long a lease extension would take. I am very happy with what they negotiated on my behalf, saving me almost £3k from what the freeholders were asking for.”

    Mr Ighorue, Essex