1988 – 1999
Vail Williams was formed with the merger of Pearson Williams & LS Vail & Son.
Business turnover stood at £4 million, with 70 employees.
Steady growth under the stewardship of John Vail and Ken Williams as joint managing partners with the acquisition of Gibson Ely in Reading and Shepherd Dear in Staines.
Thames Valley Office was formed when our Bracknell and Reading offices merged. It remains our largest office with over 50 staff.
John Vail retired from the business.
2000 – 2013
Merger with Robert Shaw and Partners, building on our service offering to include planning. Opening of new office in Guildford, Surrey.
Ken Williams retired from the business.
Took on full LLP status.
Acquired City Property Management, resulting in a new office in Birmingham.
Acquired SMPA and relocated the London office to Chandos Street.
Our 25th anniversary year, we celebrated with an all-staff trip to Paris.
2015 – 2017
Relocated London office from Chandos Street to Dover Street, in the heart of Mayfair, to accommodate growing team.
Relocated our Southampton office in May to account for further growth in the Solent region.
Awarded one of the ‘The Best Places to Work in Property‘ by Property Week Magazine in November.
Acquired 6-strong general rates division of Ruddle Merz in June, further strengthening business rates capabilities.
Achieved the Silver Investors in People accreditation.
2018 – 2020
Merged with south coast-based Hughes Ellard, creating Solent property powerhouse adding an experienced 25-strong team.
Relocated our Portsmouth office that summer to account for continued growth.
Having relocated from Guildford to Woking, we acquired Chertsey-based New Ballerino in November and opened new Surrey regional office.
Acquired London-based Trilogie CRE in August, adding a 10-strong team.
Achieved a 17% increase in revenues on the previous year to £16.7 million. Now employ a 180-strong team of property professionals across 8 offices.
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