ABOUT US

CHARTED SURVEYORS REPRESENTING HOMEOWNERS AFFECTED BY THE THREAT OF COMPULSORY PURCHASE

In 2008, our Director Dan Knowles was living in the middle of a housing estate which was under threat of Compulsory Purchase. At the time, he was a Surveyor but not one who worked in Compulsory Purchase.

Many years before, as a 16-17 year old, he spent half a year homeless. He learned the importance of having a secure roof over his head. When his home was later threatened by Compulsory Purchase, those old feelings of protecting your rights came flooding back.

From 2008 till 2013, he specialised in Compulsory Purchase working for Councils and Developers, building and promoting Compulsory Purchase Orders. In 2011, he also began to represent homeowners.

In 2013, he set up Sawyer Fielding to work solely for homeowners, addressing the drastic inequality of professional advice. Dan believes that homeowners have the right to be treated fairly, to have regeneration happen with them, not to them and to receive settlements that enable them to get on with the rest of their lives, without the scars of what is otherwise a difficult process to live through.

The company initially helped homeowners predominantly in the boroughs of Barnet and Ealing. In recent years, we have expanded our service to cover all of London and surrounding areas, working on some of the most high profile regeneration schemes around.

We have grown from strength to strength over the years, now employing a team of likeminded Chartered Surveyors and other team members. We are widely recognised within the Industry as the most experienced and we like to think, the best team in the UK who help homeowners.

We also set up our own Sawyer Fielding Gives back service, where we donate significant amounts of money to housing related charities. We’re very proud in what we do.

As for Dan, he is still at the helm leading everything we do, protecting the rights of homeowners. He now also regularly presents to groups of homeowners, professional associations and those working within the industry and recently has been appointed by Government to review their Compulsory Purchase guidance.

MEET THE TEAM

DAN KNOWLES MRICS

DIRECTOR

DAN KNOWLES MRICS

Dan has represented more homeowners affected by Compulsory Purchase than any other Chartered Surveyor in the UK. He founded Sawyer Fielding in 2013 and has grown a team widely recognised as the Industry experts in representing homeowners.

He has been a Chartered Surveyor for over a decade and is also an RICS Registered Valuer. One of his proudest achievements is setting up our charitable arm, ‘Sawyer Fielding Gives Back’, donating large sums each year to deserving charities.

Dan regularly presents to residents groups, trade bodies and other professionals on how regeneration should work, happening with residents rather than to them. More recently he has presented to the Mayor’s Office on Estate ballots and is appointed by Government to review their Compulsory Purchase guidance. Dan is also on the Board of Directors for the Compulsory Purchase Association and chairs the Estate Regeneration working group. This allows him to make representations to Government for law reform, ensuring homeowners are fairly treated.

Outside of work, Dan is a doting family man. His wife works in the NHS and their two year old son runs rings around them (often making car noises). Dan plays football every week and is an avid Wolves fan, his hometown club.

Richard Stacey MRICS

DIRECTOR

Richard Stacey MRICS

Richard is a Chartered Surveyor and an RICS Registered Valuer. He has specialised in residential property for over 20 years, with previous roles and responsibilities including time with the Thamesview group, Brendons and Buntings Surveyors and as a former Director of The Chambers Property Group.

Richard has undertaken large volumes of valuation and survey work including complex Compulsory Purchase and Leasehold Reform (extensions and enfranchisement) matters. He has also undertaken a range of other valuations including to aid assessments of Capital Gains tax and Inheritance tax. He has regularly negotiated settlements and prepared expert reports for Tribunal and Court purposes.

Outside of work, Richard tries to keep fit and healthy and enjoys quality family time.

JONATHAN NESBITT MRICS

SENIOR SURVEYOR

JONATHAN NESBITT MRICS

Jonathan has been a Surveyor since 2012, more recently becoming Chartered and an RICS Registered Valuer. He has been one of the vital cogs in the Sawyer Fielding family since 2017. He is also a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association, regularly attending training events to keep up to date with both Industry practice and changes in the law.

Before joining Sawyer Fielding, Jonathan worked predominantly in Property Development and in Property Management. He has considerable experience of valuing both residential and commercial property. When we get an unusual instruction, Jonathan is often our go-to guy, ready to find out how best to serve our client.

Outside of work, Jonathan is married and has a daughter. He likes to keep fit by playing 11-a-side football on a Sunday morning, running 10K races and has also completed a triathlon, raising money for Cancer Research UK. If he can’t be found on the football pitch then there’s a good chance he’s in Stratford supporting on his beloved West Ham United.

SHANOOR KHAN ACMI

GRADUATE SURVEYOR

SHANOOR KHAN ACMI

Shanoor has been a Surveyor since 2015 and hopes to become Chartered soon, with our support. He joined us in March 2019 from Newham Council where he was a Regeneration Officer working on schemes such as Custom House, Canning Town and the Carpenters Estate in Stratford. Much of Shanoor’s current caseload for Sawyer Fielding now involves helping homeowners on schemes that he previously worked ‘the other side’. On those and other schemes, Shanoor provides support to our Chartered Surveyors.

 

Prior to his time at Newham, he spent a couple of years as a Trainee Surveyor working in Compulsory Purchase and other valuation work. He is a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association.

 

Outside of work, Shanoor is a family man, spending time with his wife and children or helping his father with their family Indian takeaway. He is also a trustee for a Bangladesh charity which builds Orphanages and Shelters. He is also a long suffering Arsenal fan and hopes his son will in time become a Gooner too.

CHARLIE FARLEY

Trainee Surveyor

CHARLIE FARLEY

Charlie joined us in 2019 straight out of University having achieved a credible 2:1 in Geography. In September 2019, he begins his Masters degree in Real Estate, supported by Sawyer Fielding.

 

He joined us as a team member having previously undertaken some work experience with us. Unusually, the first time we met him, he interviewed our Director Dan Knowles. Charlie’s University dissertation was on the regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark and he interviewed Dan for it. His interest in the plight of residents affected by Compulsory Purchase endeared him to us and now he in the early stages of developing a career in this specialism.

RAFAL WALCZAK

Surveyor

RAFAL WALCZAK

Rafal graduated from University in 2015 with a Civil Engineering degree and decided the property industry is where his interests lie. He has since worked for two of the UK’s biggest estate agency groups and in 2018 he embarked on a journey to become a Chartered Surveyor. He has undertaken valuations for an array of properties for Lease Extension, Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Matrimonial purposes. In September 2019, Rafal is starting his Master’s Degree in Real Estate, supported by Sawyer Fielding.

Outside of work Rafal likes to keep fit at the gym, enjoys long walks in the scenic countryside and never says no to his favourite cuisine, Indian.

JESSICA MOSS

OFFICE MANAGER

JESSICA MOSS

Jessica Moss is Sawyer Fielding’s Office Manager, with over 8 years of experience in administration. Since joining us in April 2017, Jessica has gained knowledge in Compulsory Purchase and aids the team in making appointments and keeping clients updated. Once sales are agreed, Jessica is the main point of contact for our clients. Jessica’s top notch organisational skills and friendly approach ensure the efficient running of our office.

 

Outside of work, Jessica is a qualified Nail technician, providing home visits in the Hertfordshire area. She is keen on keeping fit having joined and left the gym five times. Her love of chocolate might be one reason she keeps leaving.

WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT

We Understand! We get it! We don’t just value and negotiate like many Chartered Surveyors will. We’re with our clients every step of the way. If you’re considering shared equity, we’ll get to know the scheme and negotiate how it works if possible. If you want to buy elsewhere, we’ll help you find somewhere. We’ll speak with solicitors and with mortgage brokers. If you need disability adjustments to your new home, we can help. If you are a Landlord, we’ll explain how to roll over your Capital Gains tax and how to evict your tenant without giving local solicitors thousands of pounds. We’re here from start to finish helping you with your sale, your purchase and guiding you through what may be a very legalistic and stressful process.

We do this because we understand that individual circumstances provide individual needs. We do this because we are professional and passionate about what we do.

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CAREERS

We are extremely proud of our existing team and are always looking at growing it, where we see Surveyors of any grade who could improve the service we offer. If you think this could be you, please send in your CV and a little information about why you’re interested in joining our team.