We understand that throughout the lifecycle of a building adaptation and changes will need to be made to keep up with client requirements and ever-changing commercial and residential markets. It is essential that assets are actively maintained and improved to enhance value and use.

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Business Rates

Business rates represent a large cost for occupiers of commercial premises and owners of vacant property. For Rating List 2017, legislation, and the introduction of the 'Check, Challenge & Appeal' system, is complex, and ratepayers need to be aware that ill-advised challenges against their rating assessments could even result in increases, rather than reductions.


The Education Sector is facing numerous challenges from creating viable financial and funding models, adapting to changes in the market while sustaining learning excellence. Ranging from independent day nurseries to world class universities all require efficient and flexible premises to offer the best facilities to attract and educate their students.


Medical properties continue to move closer to becoming a mainstream asset class, however this sector is subject to legislation and process not required with other commercial properties. It is imperative to get professional advice to ensure that the optimal results are achieved.

Lease Advisory

Are you a landlord looking to increase the rent or a tenant looking to keep the rental level as low as possible?

Leasehold Enfranchisement

Leasehold Enfranchisement is the collective term given to the rights of flat or house owners to either extend their lease or buy the freehold of their homes. Leases are generally granted for 99 or 125 years but as they get shorter, particularly under 80 years, the value of the flat (or house) will start to fall until it can no longer be mortgaged and then difficult to sell. The law sets out the procedure to enable you to extend your lease by adding 90 years to the existing period unexpired.

Out of Town Retail

During 2023, SHW merged with the specialist retail consultancy, Ashwell Rogers, to enhance the businesses’ involvement in the Out of Town Retail and Leisure Sector across the UK. The team have a long standing commitment to this sector with extensive experience in advising owners and developers on their out of town retail and leisure property holdings nationally.


The valuation of property can be a complicated process and can highlight issues previously not contemplated; for example, the possible impact of Energy Performance Certificates or the impact on the Market Value if the tenants left.

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"Day Lewis plc and the associated private entities held by the Patel family have over 70 assured shorthold tenancies, across the country. In late 2014, we consolidated the management of our ASTs with SHW. Working with their private rented sector portfolio management team, we have gone from having over 25 agents managing our residential portfolio to just one. This has been an important step for us and the way we manage property. We are delighted that we have partnered with SHW and their accounts team. They are doing a great job in giving us accurate data on our portfolio, assurance around our compliance issues, and accuracy with our rent collection and associated accounting".

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