Welcome Landlords!

Wills & Smerdon have decided to present this specialist rental seminar to keep landlords in the loop with new legislation, market conditions and up-coming changes to the private rental sector in 2020 and beyond.

Despite the recent political and financial uncertainty of the past few years, recent research suggests landlords are looking ahead this year with a positive and vigorous outlook about their current and future position within the UK’s buy-to-let market. However, there are many laws and regulations which must be taken into consideration and this is our opportunity to ensure you are fully briefed and have the opportunity to ask any questions from our panel of expert speakers.

Sara Grey, Wills & Smerdon

Sara has been in the property industry for over thirty years and her background includes buying and selling houses for corporate companies, finding homes for international clients relocating to the UK, selling new homes and letting properties in Woking and Guildford. Sara has been an ARLA member since 2006 and joined Wills & Smerdon in 2013 as the Lettings Manager.  Sara will be giving Landlords an overview of the current Lettings market, what to expect in the coming year and will answer any questions you have about the rental market in the local area.  Sara will also introduce her new colleague Shirley, who will be introducing the new Wills & Smerdon dedicated Landlord Group.

David Whitney, PainSmith Property Solicitors

David Whitney is a solicitor and mediator. Prior to joining PainSmith five years ago he was a Partner in a West London practice. He has practised in the field of landlord and tenant law for about 20 years and has over the last 15 years developed a specialism in long residential leasehold work. His work encompasses dealing with all aspects of landlord and tenant including dilapidations claims, repossessions, enfranchisement, lease extensions, RTM applications and service charge disputes to name a few. In the past 12 months alone David has assisted over 200 hundred flat owners to either purchase their freehold or extend their lease. David understands the, often, competing interests of differing parties and prides himself on giving clients pragmatic and commercial advice. David also sits as a fee-paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) on the Southern Region and as a member of its mediation panel.

Thomas Rigg, Wealth Management Planning

Thomas offers a full financial planning service and his approach is to ensure that he gains a strong understanding of where our clients are currently and where they want to be in the future. He provides our clients with a bespoke financial planning solution which is tailored to the client’s specific requirements with a strong focus on regular client meetings and servicing.

Originally graduating from the prestigious St. James’s Place Academy, Thomas is a Chartered Financial Planner. This highly coveted qualification enables Thomas to provide advice in all areas of wealth management including:

Outside of financial services, Thomas is a keen musician, squash player. He enjoys going to the cinema on a regular basis and spending time with his family.

Mark Grafton, Grafton Insurance Brokers

Grafton Insurance is a wholly independent insurance broker launched with the specific goal of providing its clients with a superior level of service that clients expect and demand. They offer customers a wide range of general and specialist insurance products in the UK market for both standard and non-standard risks. The customers’ needs are at the heart of everything they do and they are proud to encourage customers and clients to communicate in person so this seminar is a fabulous opportunity to speak with a forward-thinking group of people in one go! Grafton promises to provide clients with a quality and professional service and ensure they will receive the highest standards of service.

Terms of Business and About Us 2019


Landlord Peace of Mind

“I have been letting my house in West Horsley through Wills and Smerdon for over 5 years now. Working with the lettings team from a distance I have always found them to be trustworthy and they have helped take much of the stress out of the letting process. Each time the house goes back on the rental market I keep my fingers crossed that W&S find a tenant first so that we can continue our successful relationship.”

Tenant Issues Quickly Resolved

“Thanks so much for responding so quickly. I said to Sara that the last time I had a couple of issues that needed attention, the response was super-fast and super-efficient. I’m very impressed by the service from Wills & Smerdon! Thank you.”

Selling Made Easy

“My sister and I would like to thank you for your assistance in selling our property. We fully appreciate the excellent first class professional service that we have received from Wills and Smerdon. It truly has been a pleasure doing business with you.”