Francis Tomlinson is Head of the Lease Advisory Division at Aitchison Raffety, and manages the company’s Hitchin Office. Francis has over 40 years’ experience as a qualified Chartered Surveyor, and has been in practice in North Hertfordshire, based in Hitchin for the last 38 years, originally as a Partner in Chancellors, followed by two years as a Regional Director for Hogg Robinson Property Services, and 20 years as a Director of Tomlinson Quin Ltd, before the merger of that company with Aitchison Raffety in 2009.
The Hitchin Office has been involved with commercial property, including both agency and landlord and tenant matters throughout the last 38 years. Francis acts both for landlords and tenants in lease renewal negotiations and rent review disputes, and also acts for both as an Independent Expert and as an Arbitrator (having been on the Panel of The President of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for over 25 years in each case). Francis acts for a wide range of clients including national and local property companies institutions and individuals, and multiple and sole traders, relative to shop, office, warehouse and industrial premises for the most part.
Gautam is Aitchison Raffety’s Head of Property Management based at the London Office, who manages a portfolio of retail, office, light industrial and mixed-use properties for a variety of clients; pension funds, family trusts, investors, occupiers and developers.
He joined the company in 2014 following six years in a client-side asset management role at a corporate landlord (FTSE 250 company), and prior to that as a property manager at a residential management company. Gautam has an MSc in Real Estate and has 14 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial and residential management including estate management, asset management, service charge management and accounting, risk mitigation, maintenance and refurbishment, lease renewals, rent reviews, surrender and re-gears, new lettings and leasing.
Laurence has over 30 years experience in the commercial property sector. He set up his own property consultancy, Barton Rix, which was acquired by Aitchison Raffety in 2007.
As Head of Corporate Real Estate, Laurence advises major national and international companies on property matters ranging from simple lease negotiations to corporate relocations. He also has expert knowledge in Landlord and Tenant dispute resolution matters with experience in arbitration and expert witness procedures.