Mark AthertonBSc (Hons) MRICS
Mark Atherton BSc MRICS joined Legat Owen in spring 2007 and leads our Building Surveying section. Mark graduated from Liverpool Polytechnic in 1987 and was elected Associate of the RICS building surveying division in 1989. Over a varied career he has worked in both professional consultancy and client side surveying roles and also as an insurance loss adjuster. Mark has first-hand experience in all aspects of construction consultancy including defect analysis and reporting, landlord and tenant professional work, party wall and neighbourly issues, building contract administration, insurance assessment and claims plus expert witness work. He is able to provide a client focussed commercially aware approach in achieving prompt and pragmatic solutions to complicated and contentious building issues.
In Mark’s spare time he is an avid football player / supporter and also competes in the local squash league.
Andy ButlerBSc (Hons) MRICS
Director - Nantwich OfficeDownload vCard
Andy Butler has 30 years as a Commercial Property Consultant with specific expertise in the Management, Professional and Agency sectors.
The first 10 years of his career were spent in London, Bristol and Birmingham for Donaldson Chartered Surveyors before moving up to the Northwest in 1994.
Since then he has been based in Nantwich as a General Practice Surveyor dealing with a wide range of Management, Professional and Agency work for individual and corporate clients throughout the Northwest.
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Tom CooleyBSc (Hons)
Industrial Agency SurveyorDownload vCard
Tom recently joined the practice in the summer of 2015 after finishing his degree in real estate at Sheffield Hallam University.
Tom now specialises in industrial units and warehouses and is responsible for a number of properties in the North West/North Wales area. He is also studying to become a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors by completing his assessment of professional competencies while working at Legat Owen.
Tom is a keen rugby player and fan, while also following his hometown football team of Burnley
Tom CreerBSc (Hons) MRICS
Associate DirectorDownload vCard
Tom joined Legat Owen as an Associate Director in February 2018 having worked in private practice in Chester for over 16 years.
He has extensive knowledge of the North Wales and North West Commercial Property sectors having advised clients on a diverse range of assets over many years. Tom has joined the busy Property Management team at Legat Owen as a Property Manager with a view to providing comprehensive and strategic Asset Management services to clients with large and diverse portfolios.
His areas of focus will include Landlord & Tenant professional services, maximising income through active property management, advising on acquisitions and disposals, day to day property management including rent collection and service charges.
Tom, who was brought up on the Wirral, now lives in Chester with his wife and two young sons. He is an RICS registered valuer and past Chairman of the Chester Association of Estate Agents, Auctioneers and Surveyors. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, swimming, cooking and spending time with his family.
Sam DavisBSc (Hons)
Building SurveyorDownload vCard
Sam joined Legat Owen in April 2016. He graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2012 with a first class honours degree and then gained valuable experience working in the Building Surveying department of a building consultancy, working on a national level.
Sam is P402 qualified for dealing with Asbestos, a Registered Domestic Energy Assessor and is currently studying towards his APC with a view to becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor in the near future.
In his spare time Sam is a keen sports enthusiast and enjoys most sports including football, tennis, NFL and fishing where he competes at club level.
Mark DiaperBSc (Hons) MRICS
Associate DirectorDownload vCard
Mark has over 14 years’ experience working in the Industrial Agency Team within the Business Space Department as an Associate Director, joining the company after a successful Sandwich Placement from Nottingham Trent University.
Specialising in the acquisition and disposal of industrial premises, land and development, Mark acts for clients from Individuals to Prop Co’s and Funds including Aberdeen Asset Management, IPIF, Tilstone, Hollingsworth Estates, Hurstwood Holdings, Stretton Group, Northern Trust and HIMOR.
Mark is currently EGi Dealmaker of the year for North Wales and a committee member of the Chester Association of Auctioneers, Estate Agents & Surveyors.
Socially he enjoys a variety of sports including Rugby, Football, Cricket and Squash along with the more cultural aspects of life.
Mark EastwoodBA (Hons) MSc MRICS FNARA
RICS Registered ValuerDownload vCard
Mark is a registered valuer and is a surveyor at Legat Owen who provides valuation and professional services. He has worked in the commercial property market in Manchester, Liverpool and throughout the North West, encompassing valuation and corporate recovery roles.
Mark’s experience is in secure lending, accounts and portfolio valuation markets with experience across a number of property sectors including specialisms in retail, offices, industrial and residential sectors.
In Mark’s spare time he can usually be found participating in his child’s football team or alternatively watching football, walking, cycling or exploring the English Countryside.
Jon HardieBSc (Hons) MRICS
Senior Chartered Building SurveyorDownload vCard
Jon Hardie BSc (Hons) MRICS joined Legat Owen in 2011 and qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor in 2012. He graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2008 and then gained valuable experience working in the Building Surveying department of a multinational consultancy. Jon has good hands on experience in all aspects of building surveying with particular focus on project management, procuring both small and large scale demolition or refurbishment schemes on a wide variety of commercial properties. He undertakes pre-acquisition surveys, these surveys have ranged from small commercial premises up to high value shopping centre investments. He acts for both landlords and tenants in dilapidation claims and is regularly instructed to prepare schedules of condition for a variety of different clients.
Outside of work, Jon is often found rowing on the River Dee in Chester or socialising with friends and family.
Mark HopleyBSc (Hons) MRICS
Mark has worked at Legat Owen since January 2000. He became an Associate Director in 2004 and was made a Director in 2010.
He is Head of the company’s strong Property Management department which deal with a diverse range of properties. Clients include institutions, pension funds, property companies and private investors.
He deals with all aspects of property and facilities management including inspections, dilapidations, rent reviews, lease renewals, refurbishment, rent collection, service charge reconciliation and all aspects of landlord and tenant liaison.
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Peter qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1978 and, after working in London and Liverpool, moved to Chester in 1986. He now specialises in development and agency.
Recent notable transactions include the acquisition of 160,000 sq ft in Bromborough and 170,000 sq ft in Kettering for Great Bear Distribution; the purchase of the 260,000 sq ft County Hall on behalf of the University of Chester whilst simultaneously selling the 82,000 sq ft grade A office development HQ to Cheshire West and Chester Council. He also acquired the 120,000 sq ft Tesco Extra superstore in Widnes.
Interests include watching rugby and football, cycling, golf and fine wine.
Karen KilcourseBSc (Hons) MRICS
Associate Director - Nantwich OfficeDownload vCard
Karen retrained as a Chartered Surveyor specialising in Commercial Property, joining Lamonts of Nantwich in 2001 to enhance the Property Management team. She gained MRICS status in 2004 and is also a RICS Registered Valuer.
In addition to Property Management work, she also deals with agency and professional work for individual and corporate clients. Property Management clients include Countryside Properties, Pochins Ltd and a range of local Management companies.
In August 2015 she became Associate Director of the Nantwich office.
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Ben LamontBSc (Hons)
Surveyor Land & Development AgencyDownload vCard
Ben has been with Legat Owen since 2014 and works within the business space team focusing on mixed use development schemes and investments. Ben acts on behalf of landowners and developers in relation to the sale or disposal of residential and roadside development opportunities.
Recent transactions include:-
- The disposal of a 56 unit scheme in Higher Kinnerton on behalf of a private land owner.
- The disposal of a 38 unit scheme in Aigburth on behalf of Tesco.
- The acquisition of a 14 unit scheme in Bunbury on behalf of a housebuilder.
- The acquisition of a 9 unit scheme in Milton green on behalf of a housebuilder.
- The disposal of a multi let industrial investment in Saltney, on behalf of a private property company.
- The disposal of a 38,000 sq ft industrial unit in Chester let to Inchcape Estates on behalf of a private property company.
- The disposal of a 50,000 sq ft industrial unit on behalf of a private client on Hortonwood Industrial Estate, Telford.
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Heather LuttonBSc (Hons) MRICS
Senior Chartered SurveyorDownload vCard
Heather joined Legat Owen in 2007 following the completion of her Estate Management course at Oxford Brookes University.
She qualified as a RICS Chartered Surveyor in 2011 and is now a Senior Chartered Surveyor of the Company. After a spell in the property management department is now a member of the Business Space team specialising in the acquisition and disposal of office and industrial accommodation across the North West.
Heather acts for a number of clients throughout the North West and North Wales, and some of her key clients include Threadneedle, Peel Land and Property, Hurstwood and Whittle Jones together with a number of private individuals.
James LuttonBSc (Hons) MRICS
James is a Director and heads up the Retail and Leisure team Legat Owen having joined the Company as a placement student in 2005.
He advises occupier and landlord/investor/developer clients on matters including leasing, development and investment. James has a particular focus on retail including Shopping Centres, High Street and roadside, but has more recently taken on more of a ‘general practice’ role.
Current shopping centre instructions include the Spinning Gate Shopping Centre, Leigh; Flintshire Retail Park, Flint; Burton Place, Burton upon Trent and The Walk, Ebbw Vale, whilst recent investment transactions include the sale of Evans Easyspace, Chester, Trent Boulevard, Nottingham (let to Co-Op) and the acquisition of 48-50 Beam Street, Nantwich (let to Dominos, Shelter and Children’s Society).
He also has experience in development matters and acts on behalf of both landlords and house builders/developers and recently advised on the lettings of Countrywide Farmers/OK Diner at Oswestry Gateway together with land sales to Galliford Try and Aldi.
James is also a member of the Chester Growth Partnership and is actively involved in promoting investment throughout the city to the rest of the UK and abroad.
Outside of work James can usually be found outdoors somewhere and sits on his local Parish Council.
Chris MarshBSc (Hons) MRICS
Building SurveyorDownload vCard
After graduating from Liverpool John Moores University in 2011 Chris qualified as a Chartered Building Surveyor whilst working in Birmingham. He joined Legat Owen in 2018 with wide ranging Building Surveying expertise from Commercial Building Surveys to Schedules of Condition, along with various Contract Administration roles including design, procurement and management of works.
Chris works with clients across all commercial and industrial sectors, as well as several Local Authorities.
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Mark joined Legat Owen in 2016 as a placement student following two years studying Building Surveying at Liverpool John Moores University. After initially working within Office Agency, Mark followed his passion and joined the Building Surveying Department in 2017.
Mark is to return to university part time in September 2017 to complete his degree whilst continuing to work for Legat Owen. He is also working towards becoming a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors by completing his Assessment of Professional Competence.
In his spare time Mark is a keen sports enthusiast and enjoys most sports including football, squash and boxing and recently took up rock climbing.
Matt PochinBSc (Hons) MRICS
Matthew is a Director of the Company and specialises in industrial buildings, development and investment work.
Matthew has worked in North West market since 1994 and is an RICS Registered Valuer. Prior to joining Legat Owen, Mathew worked at Lamont’s where he gained the title of Industrial Agent of the Year on three separate occasions reflecting his proactive approach to agency and development work.
Matthew’s clients include; Prologis, Goodmans, AXA, Th Duchy of Lancaster, Canmoor, Pochin, Stretton Estates and Jolivet.
Recent transactions have included; the letting of 185,000 sq ft distribution unit at Midpoint 18 for Prologis, the letting of a 100,000 sq ft distribution unit in Winsford to Howard Tennants for Porabola, the pre-letting of in excess of 70,000 sq ft at Orion Park Crewe to numerous regional and national tenants.
07831 445 009
Sandy RatcliffeBSc (Hons) MRICS
Chartered SurveyorDownload vCard
Sandy joined the practice in 2018 after becoming a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors by completing his assessment of professional competencies whilst working in Liverpool.
Sandy now specialises in retail agency and property valuation, and is responsible for a number of properties in the North West/North Wales area.
Sandy is a keen football player and fan, and attempts to get on the ski slopes when he can.
Will SadlerMSc MRICS
Will joined Legat Owen in 2002 having previously worked for a national agent in London. Will is a director of the practice.
He specialises in the letting, acquisition, sale and valuation of office premises throughout the North West and North Wales and provides considered advice on a range of schemes including Chester Business Park, Cheshire Oaks Business Park, St Davids’s Park, St Asaph Business Park, North Wales Business Park in addition to a number of town and city centre developments.
Clients include private individuals, developers and property companies as well as institutional investors.
Will is an RICS registered valuer and past Chairman of the Chester Association of Estate Agents, Auctioneers and Surveyors.
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Samantha joined Legat Owen as a property manager in 2018.
She has 11 years’ experience of all aspects of commercial property management having worked at MAG Property, CBRE and for private landlords in Auckland, New Zealand. Samantha has joined the property management team at Legat Owen to provide a full range of asset management services to existing clients.
Samantha grew up in Shropshire and after 8 years abroad now lives in Chester with her partner and young son. In her spare time she enjoys Pilates, cooking and spending time with family.
Natalie TanseyBA (Hons) MSc MRICS
Natalie, a Director at Legat Owen, joined the Company in 2003, qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 2006 and has over ten years’ experience working within the Management and Professional departments.
Natalie advises clients on all aspects of property management, looking after a range of property portfolios across the North West of England and North Wales, including shopping centres, retail parades multi-occupied offices and industrial estates, on behalf of clients such as The Atmore Group, Pochin Limted, off-shore trusts and private individuals.
Natalie also advises clients on Rent Review and Lease Renewals, undertakes Valuations for a variety of purposes and provides Rating Consultancy.
Natalie is an RICS Registered Valuer.
Stephen WadeBSc (Hons) MRICS
Stephen joined Legat Owen in 1994 as a Chartered Surveyor. He is a Director of the Company and Head of the Business Space Team. He advises a broad range of clients on Agency, Valuation and Development matters.
Stephen is an RICS Registered Valuer and an Expert Witness in relation to both Valuation and Planning matters. He has appeared at several Planning Inquiries for the Country’s leading house builders dealing with employment land supply issues and has prepared Expert Witness reports for both commercial and matrimonial disputes.
Stephen clients include; Welsh Government, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, Tata Steel, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Airbus.
Recent transaction have included; the sale of a 160,000 sq ft distribution unit in Warrington for Celtic Asset Management, the sale of an 8.5 acre former hospital site at St Asaph for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the sale of a 5 acre site to VW in Llandudno Junction for Welsh Government and the acquisition of 15 acres at Parc Cybi in Holyhead on behalf of Conygar Plc for a new Truck Stop.
Sue came to Chester with Nick Legat and Peter Owen when the practice was originally founded in 1986.
She is a Director of the Company and looks after all office management and financial matters including company accounts, purchasing, support staff and IT.