JHWalter Update

We do hope you have enjoyed the latest edition of Property and Business. Since it was written, life has changed dramatically and the crisis we now find ourselves in is unprecedented. The way ahead will require fresh and innovative solutions in property, business, planning & energy, when normality returns. We are here to help.

  • Property
  • Business
  • Planning
  • Energy

In the meantime, how are we finding these sectors that we serve?


Residential and Commercial agency and valuation is all about connecting people with property. The requirement to stay at home makes these activities very difficult at present. We are undertaking some valuations remotely in very limited circumstances.

Whilst new transactions are clearly curtailed at present, we are working hard on managing ongoing sales, to ensure that, once these deals are allowed to move forward, they are in the best position to do so. The good news is that all our sellers and buyers are committed to crossing the finish line!

We are also talking to many frustrated would-be sellers, who are keen to come to market, but hampered by the current lockdown. We are advising that there is still much that can be done in preparation for sale, such as sorting finances, any legal issues and, of course, rolling up the sleeves to get the house ship shape for viewings.

Fortunately we completed our last County Property Auction on 11th March. We have moved our May property auction to 15th July. This may be brought forward, depending on government directive.

Arranging a property auction remotely is feasible. However, unless property can be inspected in the flesh, it is unlikely to transact. Nor do we do not wish to encourage people to  view property, even from the road at this time, so we must remain patient.

Entries continue to grow and more will be added, as soon as practical. Please keep an eye on our website for entries. If you have property to sell, please get in touch with the auction team, who will be able to provide immediate desktop advice, subject to inspection as soon as we can.

Rural property is perhaps more easily inspected without risking human contact, but government directive is that we should stay at home. We are still managing to negotiate land transactions remotely. Fortunately our farming clients have been able to get on with spring sowing, having had to endure the awful flooding conditions over the last 6 months. Remarkably they now need it to rain! It is essential that the highly important task of feeding the nation continues uninterrupted. 

Your contacts:

Residential - Simon Smith | Commercial - John Elliott | Rural - Tim Atkinson or Ian Walter  | Auction - James Mulhall


We continue to serve our clients remotely and remain at the end of telephone or email.

BPS claims are being processed. It is stocktaking valuation season, with information being gathered remotely where possible. We will be visiting farms as soon as we are able.

Your contact: Ellie Allwood


Professional planning work continues apace. Planning applications and appeals are being processed and submitted.

Site visits are constrained at present. But where property is remote and at risk, we will travel if we absolutely need to.

Your contact: Steve Catney


Energy teams have been recognised as critical workers. So all ongoing work continues. There have been no new policies or legislation recently, but there will be opportunities on the horizon.

We will keep you appraised. When normality returns, we are ready to respond.

Your contact: Henry Haworth

When the danger has passed, and human movement and interaction can properly recommence, the government will do all it can to stimulate commercial activity and wealth creation. It will be a time of opportunity.