Four senior valuers recruited to grow firm’s capabilities in line with client requirements
The new appointments are part of Gerald Eve’s ongoing investment in talent, widening its capabilities to ensure continued alignment with client requirements. Based in the West End, the team will specialise in London and the south east and can provide national coverage through Gerald Eve’s regional office network.
Jonathan Godfrey joins as partner and will be heading up the new team within the firm’s wider valuation group. He arrives from Cushman & Wakefield with 15 years’ experience of the residential and mixed-use property sectors, and has advised high-profile schemes and clients including recently: Argent on its King’s Cross regeneration; British Land’s office and residential portfolio; and the Earl’s Court masterplan for a potential purchaser.
He is joined by three further colleagues, who also arrive from Cushman & Wakefield. Jim Parker joins as senior associate, while Alex Maher and Jacques Higginson have been recruited as associates.
Jim has over 20 years of valuation experience in central London and the south east, covering a wide variety of residential work including valuations for secured lending, company accounts, and personal taxation. His experience covers a broad range of residential asset types and includes providing valuation advice to local authorities on parcels of land prior to disposal.
Alex has more than 12 years’ cross-sector property experience, providing valuations on London and south east large-scale regeneration sites, including: the 3,000+ unit proposal on the former Ford plant in Dagenham; Greystar’s 2,000 unit build-to-rent led scheme at the former GSK HQ in Greenford; and the regeneration of the former Shredded Wheat Factory site in Welwyn Garden City.
Jacques’ experience includes valuing residential-led developments for secured lending and financial reporting, and advising public sector bodies on the disposal of their surplus land. High profile schemes that Jacques has worked on include Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s build-to-rent developments in White City and Stratford, and Europa Capital’s strategic land portfolio.
The team will advise on residential and residential-led mixed-use development schemes, with gross development values from £5m to over £500m. There will also be a focus on the private rented sector, co-living and pre-planning land, regeneration and master-planning development, working in conjunction with the planning and development team and affordable housing specialists.
Simon Rees, managing partner of Gerald Eve, said: “We have always sought to invest in market leading talent and take advantage of opportunities to expand our offer, and the arrival of this senior team is a key part of our wider strategy. As schemes become ever more complex, incorporating a range of uses woven together, the valuations this team specialises in, and the experience they possess, will be essential to developers, investors and lenders.”
Jonathan Godfrey added: “We were attracted to Gerald Eve not only by the firm’s unrivalled client base, but its reputation for excellence across all disciplines, including its market leading planning and development team. We can already see areas where we can add considerable value in taking advantage of existing synergies, and look forward to working alongside our new colleagues on a range of high-profile schemes.”