The Team

BGL’s professional team provides expert advice on commercial property matters, with a focus on space consultancy, lease advisory and business rates mitigation.

We cover all property classes, from offices to warehouses and industrial space, to specialist types, including data centres and hospitals.

Our advisory work is concentrated in London and across the South East, although we frequently advise occupier and owner clients on their property interests across the UK.

We endeavour to offer initial informal guidance and recommendations, without fee or commitment.

Simon Lees

Position: Partner & Head of Business Rates
Phone: 020 7183 8162
Email: sl@bglpartners.co.uk

Simon has over 20 years of experience in advising on business rates with particular expertise in central London offices and in the healthcare and retail sectors. He is one of the leading rating specialists within the West End.

Simon is a founding member of BGL Partners and heads the Rating business of the firm. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

After two years at Evans & Payne, he joined Edwin Hill in 1996 and later became an equity partner of the practice. He was head of Professional Services in the London office, dealing with rating, rent review and lease renewal instructions.

In the healthcare sector his work includes the coordination of negotiations with the Valuation Office Agency on the national scheme of valuation for private hospitals.

Simon Lees

Partner & Head of Business Rates

Simon has over 20 years of experience in advising on...

Antony Green

Position: Partner & Head of Agency
Phone: 020 7183 8161
Email: ag@bglpartners.co.uk

Antony has over 25 years of experience in the commercial agency market and is best known as an adviser in the central London office and healthcare sectors.

Antony is a founding member of BGL Partners and heads the Agency business of the firm. He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Having started his career at Mann Smith & Partners, Antony joined Edwin Hill in 1994 and later became an equity partner of the practice. He was head of agency services in the firm’s London office and advised corporate clients on property portfolios across the UK.

His work involves advising clients on the acquisition and disposal of commercial property.

In a varied career, Antony has also sold warehouses in Scotland, headed a disposal programme of 60 offices across the UK and purchased a flagship store in Bond Street.

Antony Green

Partner & Head of Agency

Antony has over 25 years of experience in the commercial...

Paul Acres

Position: Partner
Phone: 020 7183 8157
Email: pa@bglpartners.co.uk

Paul has specialised in business rates advice since 1986, in both the public and private sectors nationally. He has particular experience within the office market in central London particularly the City, City Fringe and Midtown areas.

Paul is a partner of the firm and provides specialist business rates advice to our clients.

Following three years in the Valuation Office Agency Paul moved into practice with Evans & Payne later joining Edwin Hill in 1998 where he became a partner dealing with a wide range of rating instructions.

Paul joined BGL Partners in the firm’s early days.

Whilst his core business is within the office sector Paul also has experience within the leisure sector advising occupiers of hotels and licensed properties through to operators of marinas and holiday parks. He has advised a number of charities and “not for profit” organisations on rates matters particularly regarding rate payment issues. He also has extensive experience of managing multi-disciplinary instructions for corporate clients.

Paul Acres

Partner

Paul has specialised in business rates advice since 1986, in...

James Knott

Position: Partner
Phone: 020 7183 8159
Email: jk@bglpartners.co.uk

James joined BGL in September 2018, although he has previously worked together with Simon, Antony and Paul at Edwin Hill for many years.

He has over 30 years’ experience in commercial property consultancy, with a detailed understanding of business rates matters and in helping clients view their commercial space, options and opportunities in a wider strategic context.

As BGL’s Operations Partner, he is passionate about client relationships, business development and in making what we do as Chartered Surveyors and property consultants meaningful to our client-base.

James Knott

Partner

James joined BGL in September 2018, although he has previously...

Steven Bennetts

Position: Partner & Head of Lease Advisory
Phone: 020 7183 8156
Email: sb@bglpartners.co.uk

Steve joined BGL in November 2019. He is a highly experienced Chartered Surveyor specialising in landlord and tenant issues, honed over many years as a property professional.

He joined us from Matthews & Goodman, where he was a Partner in their Lease Consultancy team for 11 years. Prior to this, Steve has held senior positions in Edward Symmons & Partners, Colliers International and Mann Smith Commercial.

Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and BGL Partners specialist on rent reviews, lease renewals and the wider strategic issues often associated with lease events.

Steven Bennetts

Partner & Head of Lease Advisory

Steve joined BGL in November 2019. He is a highly...

Chris Corney

Position: Associate Partner
Phone: 020 3867 9980
Email: cc@bglpartners.co.uk

Chris Corney joined BGL Partners in December 2019 after spending almost five years within Cushman & Wakefield’s Statutory Valuations team, in which he specialised in Business Rates and on Compulsory Purchase.

Chris has provided advice in both the public and private sectors nationally, with a particular focus on central London offices.

Whilst his primary expertise lies in the office sector, he has also attained valuable experience within retail and industrial markets, which has included large pharmaceutical sites, trade counter portfolios and even police stations.

He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Chris Corney

Associate Partner

Chris Corney joined BGL Partners in December 2019 after spending...

Paul Robson

Position: Rates Payment Manager
Phone: 020 7183 8160
Email: pr@bglpartners.co.uk

Paul joined the BGL rating team in January 2019 as our Rates Payment Manager, overseeing the client instructions that have entrusted their rates payment management activities to BGL.

He has an extensive background in local government finance, specifically on business rates matters since 2008. He has held senior roles at Broxbourne Borough Council, East Herts District Council and, most recently as Business Rates Team Leader for LB of Newham.

Paul’s expertise is in understanding the complexities associated with rates liabilities, exemptions and reliefs and the associated legislation. His extensive knowledge of the system used by billing authorities has helped our clients resolve complex billing issues, reduce their rates liabilities with relief submissions and helped in the identification and recovery of historic monies on closed rate accounts.

Paul is a member of the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation (IRRV).

Paul Robson

Rates Payment Manager

Paul joined the BGL rating team in January 2019 as...

Emily Slater

Position: Rates Payment Manager
Phone: 020 7183 2808
Email: es@bglpartners.co.uk

Emily joined the BGL Rating Team in March 2020 as one of our Rates Payment Managers.

She has a wealth of experience in the technical aspects of this property tax associated with payment issues, reliefs and associated qualifying criteria, having had a background in local government finance working as a Business Rates Team Leader for Capita (the outsourced organisation used by the City of Westminster) and, subsequently, senior roles in the rates payment teams of Cushman & Wakefield and more recently Montagu Evans.

She is a member of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV).

Emily Slater

Rates Payment Manager

Emily joined the BGL Rating Team in March 2020 as...