DWD work for a wide range of local, national and international retailers of all sizes and sectors. We have an expertise in luxury retail property that is second to none and operate across the country for multiple occupiers.

Property advice

The team specialise in Central London retail acquisition both for local occupiers wishing to re-locate or add to their existing portfolio and new entrants to the London market from overseas. Using experience across the team, our planning and rating experts collaborate with our building surveying and project management contacts allowing us to offer clients a complete “one stop” re-location package. This encompasses agreement of the terms of a lease, pre-acquisition building survey, planning advice (on use, signage and alterations) and shop fitting. Our approach starts by gaining an understanding of our client’s business, giving advice on the parameters of the required search area having regard to agreed demographic and budgetary criteria and the character of neighbouring retailers within the chosen area. We compile a schedule of available shops with details of full occupancy costs and prepare a shortlist, terms are negotiated to identify a preferred and reserve option. We work closely with client's lawyers to advise on commercial aspects of lease terms and liaise throughout the process until completion. As many of our clients have never acquired premises in the UK before they rely on us to advise on the recruitment of a professional team to handle the entire process.

Business rates

The team works with retailers to minimize business rates throughout the life of a store, including luxury retailers; premium retailers; multiple occupiers and locally for smaller ratepayers to minimise their business rate liability.

We look at opportunities to exploit empty property exemptions prior to a store opening; and where construction activity is likely to involved in preparing a new store configuration it may be possible to remove the empty rate liability completely for many months or even years. In addition, we look at the opportunity to reduce the business rates overhead when you are considering refitting, reconfiguration or relocation projects.

We also advice on empty property rate liability and advise on the most suitable strategies, dependent on the circumstances and whether the property will be held empty for a short or long term.


We specialise in complex retail projects that deliver new experiences that bring together places and communities.

We enjoy working on challenging projects where we can add value through our knowledge of both planning and development, to successfully negotiate the planning process.

We are experienced in preparing retail impact assessments to support large scale retail development and have achieved planning permission for large complex schemes which have required a considerable amount of close liaison with planning officers, committees and the local community.


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Richard Greeves

Joint Managing Director & Head of Valuation

020 7332 2109

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Alan Vickery

Director & Head of Business Rates

020 7489 4831

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Sarah Price

Director - Planning

020 7332 2111

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Andrew Deller

Director - Planning

020 7332 2105

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Andrew Meech

Director - Business Rates

020 7489 4839

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Emma Penson

Director - Planning & Valuation

020 7332 2115

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Serena Page

Director - Planning

020 7332 2118

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Hannah Thomas-Davies

Senior Associate - Planning

020 7332 2103

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Stephen Rose

Senior Associate - Planning

020 7332 2113

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Leo Cunningham-Baily

Associate - Planning

020 7489 4893

Sectors we work with

We work with businesses, charities, high net worth individuals and public sector organisations across a range of sectors to navigate the complexities of property and planning consultancy.

Latest Experiences

Trespass in Great Yarmouth

DWD are instructed across the four home nations to manage and appeal Trespass’s business rates assessments  


Sloane Street Success

DWD are instructed to manage and appeal Swatch Groups business rates assessments across all of their brands including Omega, Swatch, Breguet, Blanc Pain etc. 


Quantum Saves Over £1/4m

Our client Inditex, the world’s largest retailer, expanded the footprint of their Zara branded store in Bluewater, Kent.


The Klinger Building, Bromley

The scheme retains the most significant parts of the Klinger factory from a heritage perspective and represents a sympathetic and effective reuse of the site.