London Offices Snapshot Q4 2018

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Transaction levels rose 10% y-on-y and second-hand take-up was up by a significant 26%.

London Offices Snapshot Q4 2018

London Offices Snapshot Q4 2018

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Paul Smith

Director & Co-Head

London - West End

I have over 33 years' experience in the real estate industry, focused on central London; 24 of those years being as a co-principal in my own practices of Hodnett Martin Smith and H2SO.

Based in Colliers' London office, I offer a wealth of experience to landlords, developers and occupiers with regard to the development, letting and acquisition of central London offices. I deal with all aspects of office agency, primarily in the West End, Midtown, Northern Fringes and Southbank where I have dealt with over 10m sq ft of office space over my career. My role also includes design development consultancy, specifically to advise developers on tenants' requirements in terms of specification, layout, finishes etc.

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Rob Hayes

Director & Co-Head

London - West End

I was a founding partner of H2SO before it was acquired by Colliers International in 2014 and have been a specialist in the Central London property market for more than 20 years.

I moved from Morgan Grenfell Laurie to Richard Ellis in 1991. Having worked in office agency until 1999, I then moved into investment and subsequently ran the market-leading west end investment team at CBRE as an Executive Director. From 2008, I took responsibility for the entire West End Business Team as well as becoming a member of the Central London Board.

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Stuart Melrose

Director & Head of Occupier Advisory

London - West End

With more than 15 years’ experience in the commercial real estate industry, I have worked in both the U.S. and U.K. markets. By providing my clients with quantitative and qualitative information, I ensure that they are well informed to make strategic real estate decisions that are aligned with their short- and- long term corporate objectives.

 

Based in Colliers’s London office, I provide valued real estate advice that achieves measurable results to clients, representing a variety of local, national, and international organisations.

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James Walker

Director & Head

London - City

James is Head of City Agency and Occupier Advisory at Colliers International and was previously a Senior Director at CBRE in the City Leasing team.  James has over 17 years’ experience in the City leasing market. Skilled in working with landlords, developers and occupiers in providing leasing, acquisition, and development advice.

He has an exceptional track record in the City, Midtown, Southbank and Docklands markets and his reputation for client service is exemplary.

 

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Dominic Amey

Director

London - City

I am Director and Head of London City Capital Markets at Colliers International, specialising in the sale and acquisition of commercial property as well as providing development consultancy.

I joined Colliers International in 2003 as a member of the London Investment Department, specialising in London commercial property Investment, after leaving Cushman & Wakefield. With over 20 years experience of the Central London commercial property market, I have acted for numerous institutional investors including Aviva,  Aberdeen Asset Management, Legal & General and the Church Pension Fund, as well as overseas Soverign Wealth Funds, banks and property companies. I also have a wealth of experience acting on behalf of private investors from around the world.

 

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Stuart Commins

Director

London - City

Stuart provides expert advice to occupiers across London City Core, Midtown and Docklands in relation to their commercial occupational strategies and lease negotiations. 

Based in the Colliers' City office, Stuart helps occupiers align strategic financial, business and operational objectives with their real estate needs covering all aspects of occupier representation from lease acquisition, renewal, relocation and consolidation services.   Formerly an Associate Director at CBRE, he has represented  a diverse range of corporate and niche occupiers across different sectors offering decisive information to extract maximum value during the lease negotiation process.

Stuart strives to offer a dynamic and fresh approach to occupiers seeking the perfect workspace for business success.

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Shaun Simons

Director & Co-Head

London City Fringe

I started in commercial agency when I was 16, beginning in the West End, and moving over to the City Fringe in 2005.
 
I believe in providing a fresh and innovative service for our clients. I live and breathe what we do and I’m very passionate about it, whether helping clients create and develop new office space, or finding a major new tenant that completely changes the face of a street and adds new life to it.

Together with Colliers’ ‘best -in-class’ London Offices team I believe that we have one of the most powerful agency forces in Central London.

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Kyle Joss

Director

London City Fringe

Kyle joined Colliers in 2017, after 7 years at Cushman & Wakefield. Kyle  specialises in Central London Investment with a focus on the City Fringe market. He provides strategic investment advice for commercial properties within Central London for a number of clients and covers  all asset classes. 

Kyle has assisted with transactions totalling more than £3bn including leading transactions on behalf of his own clients.

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Charles Cowley

Head of Lease Advisory

London - West End

I am head of Central London Lease Advisory, acting for both Landlords and Tenants in the challenging and exciting Central London offices marketplace.

Having worked at Savills as Director of lease advisory for eight years, and prior to this heading the landlord and tenant team at CBRE’s West End office, I have specialised in the Central London office market for over 25 years. 

I’m proud to advise an enviable portfolio of outstanding client teams who include Associated British Foods, Aviva Investors, BMO Real Estate (F&C REIT), Blackstone, Columbia Threadneedle, Crown Estate, Derwent London, EPIC, Great Portland Estates, Grosvenor, Land Securities, Lazard, Northwood Investors, Omnicom Group, and Triangle. 

In addition to being a qualified RICS and MCI.Arb member, I sit on the RICS President’s panel of Independent Experts.

My trademark style is to work inextricably with client teams and our Central London Investment and Agency teams on acquisitions, restructures, rent reviews and lease renewals; bringing critical insights and advice which together forge unique asset plans for both Landlords and Tenants alike.

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Guy Grantham

Director of Research and Forecasting

London - West End

Guy has been a property research professional for 23 years and gained extensive knowledge of the UK and Global property markets. He has worked closely with a wide variety of major developers, landlords and occupiers in a consultancy capacity. Instrumental in supporting Hines' purchase of Brindleyplace for £200m, on which Colliers advised. He is now specialising in the London Office market using his extensive knowledge and experience to provide market leading insight into current occupier, investment and development trends.

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