As first reported by Propertymall.com on 21st April 2015, Savills yesterday completed the acquisition of Smiths Gore.
Smiths Gore is a long established partnership providing rural property services in the UK. The business will be integrated into Savills existing national network and will ultimately trade under the Savills brand.
Founded in 1847, Smiths Gore has operated as a partnership with 532 staff, across 31 UK offices and 14 estate offices, all of whom will transfer into Savills Rural Energy and Projects (REP) division or its Country Residential Agency business. Smiths Gore specialises in the management of rural property for private clients, institutions and the public sector. This complements Savills UK’s existing rural business which is mainly focused on private client and charitable sectors together with transactional advice.
Savills UK Executive Director Philip Gready will continue to lead the UK REP division with Smiths Gore’s Senior Partner Andrew Harle joining the Savills UK Board. Philip, who first joined Savills in 1982, took on his present divisional head role in January 2010. He specialises in advising private and corporate landowners in the management of their landholdings throughout the South of England and has become increasingly involved in the renewable energy sector. Andrew Harle joined Smiths Gore in 1987 and was elected Senior Partner in 2014. He holds a number of senior roles acting on behalf of institutional, charity and private clients in the rural sector as well as a number of trusteeships and directorships on behalf of clients.