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Background and industry experience

Richard joined Fisher German in 2002, having previously graduated from Harper Adams Agricultural College in 1995 and worked for surveying practices in Shropshire, Northumberland and Cambridgeshire. Richard initially joined the firm’s Stafford office but subsequently moved to the East Midlands to found the Newark office in 2009, following the acquisition of Joh Hopkinson & Co.

Richard is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) and Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers (FAAV) and is the Office Partner at Newark, with as over 20 years of experience working in the property industry. Richard acts for a variety of clients in both the Public and Private sectors, ranging from multinational PLCs to Government Agency’s, to private landowners and tenants. Richard has considerable knowledge and has experience in a variety of fields as follows:

- Compulsory purchase compensation, acting for both affected landowners and acquiring authorities
- Traditional estate management and consultancy advice
- Telecommunications site management and consultancy advice
- Valuation of agricultural and rural property for al purposes with particular expertise in valuations for capital taxation and reliefs
- Agricultural property and tenancy advice
- Richard is the Secretary and Treasurer of the Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Association of Agricultural Valuers (YDNAAV)
and in 2018 was also elected as President of the Association

About me

What year did you start your job?
September 2002

Why did you join Fisher German?
Fisher German was a firm with a good reputation in the industry when I joined in 2002 but was a very small player, following the German and Fisher Hogarth merger in 2000. At the time, the firm had four offices and about 80 partners and staff. I am very proud of the growth of the firm over the last fifteen years and all that the partners and staff have achieved.

What has been your favourite project and why?
I have enjoyed working as the lead surveyor on the Boston Barrier project for the Environment Agency over the last three years or so. The project has been varied and challenging but it was a real achievement to see construction work start on site in January 2018. Our roles in the project included provision of an Expert Witness to attend a three-week Public Inquiry, negotiation of legal agreements and compensation matters with a variety of affected land owners and parties.

Most admired, non-property brand?
Aldi supermarket because of their spectacular growth over the last decade

Top pastime?
During my spare time I enjoy DIY and think in another life I would have made a good builder or plumber!

Best holiday destination?
Italy, for the weather, culture and history.