Expert Witness

Expert Witness to the Garden Centre & Horticultural Industry

Simon Quinton Smith has been acting as an expert witness for over 20 years in rent reviews, lease renewals and generally in regard to values whether they relate to planning issues, compensation issues or tax issues. In December 2011 he completed a 6 day course to become an accredited expert witness in his field of Garden Centre and Horticultural businesses.

In rent reviews and lease renewals we are normally up against other surveyors who almost without exception have less knowledge in the garden centre and horticultural market than we do and therefore, because we transact probably more deals, acquisitions and disposals within horticulture and garden centres, we have more evidence and more experience so it is rare that the matters proceed to a third party, being settled by negotiation.

Having written the chapter on how to value garden centres for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Simon Quinton Smith probably has more experience of values of Garden Centres and Horticulture than any other chartered surveyor and this combined with his experience as an advocate and expert witness makes him the obvious choice when help is required.