Private Client Services

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At Smith & Garratt we specialise in a range of Private Client Services:


Smith & Garratt is your natural choice for valuations, especially where taxation is an issue.

We understand tax and probate and will work with your accountant and/or solicitor to mitigate your liabilities, both pre- and post mortem. We value real property - residential, agricultural, forestry, development, minerals, sportings, renewables, mixed rural estates in connection with:

  • Income Tax
  • Corporation Tax
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Stamp Duty
  • Compulsory Purchase & Compensation
  • Rates, Council Tax
  • Annual Residential Property Tax
  • Probate
  • Pension planning
  • Succession planning
  • Insurance, &c.

We can also assist in ransom cases.


Smith & Garratt provide surveys including:

  • Building surveys
  • Investigation of specific defects
  • Boundaries
  • Specialist surveys - of services, topography, heat loss, digital scanning of buildings, &c

Compulsory Purchase & Compensation

Let Smith & Garratt take the pain out of compulsory acquisition and making claims for compensation.

We have clients affected by roads, railways, other public works, mining subsidence, &c. We provide advice regarding:

  • The statutory basis and compensation code
  • Tactics for making claims - from non-compulsory agreement to Lands Tribunal
  • Blight
  • Suitable alternative accommodation of real property - both freehold and leasehold
  • Severance and injurious affectation
  • Disturbance
  • Accommodation works and betterment
  • Making reference to the Lands Tribunal
  • Statutory undertakers - roads, water, drainage, electricity, telecoms, gas
  • Taxation of compensation
  • The 'Critchel Down' rules

Expert Witness & Representation

Smith & Garratt are experienced advocates, representing clients in formal situations including:

  • Planning Inquiries
  • Planning Reference Panels
  • Planning Appeals
  • Public Inquiries
  • Private Rented Housing Panels
  • Lands Tribunal
  • Courts

Principal surveyor A Hugh Garratt LL.B FRICS sits on the RICS Dispute Resolution Panel (Boundaries), the Forestry Commission Review Panel (Disputes) and is an examiner for the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. He is regularly engaged to give opinions and to undertake expert witness work and dispute resolution.

Smith & Garratt can be found on the Expert Witness website.

Contracts, Options & Leases

Smith & Garratt are ideally placed to help with contracts, including option agreements, and with leases.

We routinely provide advice regarding:

  • Option and leasing arrangements for wind farms
  • Development options (residential and/or commercial) - for both landowners and developers
  • Development agreements (for sharing net development proceeds)
  • Tenancy agreements and repairing standards for residential lettings
  • Leases for small business premises
  • Royalty agreements (mainly for mineral extraction)
  • Documentation for farm and estate diversifications, including for holiday lets
  • Forfeiture and insolvency
  • The management of protected tenancies
  • Way leaves and easements/servitudes
  • Valuation of landlord and/or tenant leasehold interests
  • Dispute resolution