At Caxtons, we are proud to have some of the most experienced and knowledgeable property experts on our corporate team. Whether you need someone to assist with letting and managing your property, running a management company for a residential block, undertake a valuation or help settling a party wall dispute – we can help you by providing learned, relevant and timely advice and guidance.

However, Charles Oliver BSc MSc FRICS FAAV MEWI FCIArb was not content with a just three Fellowships – as his post nominal letters indicate – so he has recently been awarded his fourth and became a Fellow of the Expert Witness Institute (changing MEWI to FEWI) on 23rd March 2018.

Based in Kent all of his life, Charles qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1982 and has a degree in Estate Management from Reading University, a masters degree in environmental assessment from Greenwich University and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as well as his newly acquired Fellowship with the Expert Witness Institute. Charles specialises in valuations, landlord and tenant negotiations, expert witness reports, compulsory purchase and leasehold enfranchisement valuations.

A member of the Expert Witness Institute (EWI) can only be awarded a Fellowship – the pinnacle of membership – having gained 10 years of experience as an Expert Witness. A Fellow will undertake mentoring of provisional members of the Institute to help them to achieve their full membership. They will advise on report writing, where

necessary appearing in court and managing their commitments to both their 'day job' and their Expert Witness work.

As an Expert Witness, Charles has provided evidence based knowledge and opinion bringing reason and right to a variety of thorny cases, from boundary or party wall disputes to compulsory purchase compensation disagreements. He is able to work with the legal community and to bring his specialised intelligence to a given property issue with the succinct clarity required for a courtroom, judicial or tribunal setting.

Charles works to tight deadlines and within legal guidelines to produce fact based reports to underpin the case. His expertise goes beyond the every-day experience of a chartered surveyor and he retains information on historical Case Law, which if called upon, he can and does use to support his considered technical opinion and witness. During the past ten years he has written more than 160 Expert Witness Reports.

Charles says that he is only there to gather and provide evidence-based fact that will assist others (in authority) to reach a binding decision. He also says that he is delighted to have become a Fellow of EWI and looks forward to mentoring others to become members of the Institute.

In addition to Charles, Caxtons is please to count four other Fellows of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Association of Residential Letting Agents amongst its numbers.

To contact Charles email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01474 537733.

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Charles Oliver

Caxtons Chartered Surveyors is delighted to have completed the let of 4,435 sq ft of office space on a new full repairing and insuring 5-year lease at The Courtyard, Gillingham. Incoming tenant Dynasafe BACTEC Ltd, a leading Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Mine Action company, will be moving into their new offices as soon as possible.

The Courtyard is a development of individual office buildings ideally located in north Kent, adjacent to the A2 and the A278 dual carriageway with the M2 Motorway (J4) approximately 2.5 miles away, which gives direct access to the M25 or Channel Tunnel and Ports.

Each office at The Courtyard has excellent natural light, is carpeted and has suspended ceilings. There is ample parking on site.

Mark Coxon, Head of Commercial Property Services at Caxtons said " The Courtyard provides a well managed and secure business environment for a variety of occupiers. It is set in 150 acres where the office buildings surround a landscaped square in a mature woodland setting, yet with easy access of main arterial routes. We are happy to have been able to meet the new tenants exacting requirements and that they have found the right premises to suit their needs."

To view other commercial properties in Kent and the South East available to let or for sale through Caxtons visit and click on commercial property search, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01622 23488.

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The Courtyard, Gillingham

Caxtons is delighted to confirm that it has completed on a number of deals in recent weeks.

Commercial Negotiator James Squire who works in Caxtons' Maidstone offices said "Commercial sector property, whether for sale or to rent, has been more buoyant in recent months than for some time. There is no particular pattern to the type, size or location of property, it seems there is just more impetus from buyers, sellers and tenants – whether starting out on the property ladder or expanding."

Two particular properties that have changed hands in the first quarter of this year demonstrate that it is not just in the big towns that things are moving.

A new 20-year full repairing and insuring lease was agreed in February on an end of terrace two-storey brick-built property in Meopham. The premises comprise a ground floor commercial unit and first floor offices with car parking at the rear of the property.

Rent for the 1182 sq ft was agreed at £17,500 per annum exclusive with a break clause every five-years. The new tenant, 'Sir Simplicity Ltd', is a male grooming establishment.In Sidcup, the freehold on a mid-terrace property in Wellington Parade was offered for sale at £280,000. The 857 sq ft property, currently arranged with open plan retail premises on the ground floor and a 1-bedroom flat above has planning permission to alter and provide a new shop front incorporating new independent access to a self contained unit of accommodation on the first floor. The sale price achieved was over the asking price at £282,288.

James continued: "At first glance these may not seem earth shattering deals, but it does demonstrate that there is positive activity across the entire property market in Kent."

If you would like more information about Caxtons Commercial Property services email James This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him on 01622 234886.

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New Meopham male grooming establishment