We are delighted to share news from our property consultancy client, Vail Williams LLP, that they have promoted three of their London surveyors in an unusual mid-year round of promotions to reward their significant hard work.


David Dunwoody, who joined the firm in 2017, specialises in property valuation and has been promoted to associate from senior surveyor. In his new role, David will continue to build on the firm’s relationships with challenger and private banks.

He said: “It is great to be rewarded for my hard work and it gives me the gravitas and recognition to continue to work to the next level, whilst reinforcing confidence in my role. This next step will see me develop and grow further with Vail Williams, as they continue to invest in my career and professional development.”

Toby Yates, a senior surveyor in the firm’s property investment team, has also been promoted to associate.

Toby joined the firm in 2012 and works with local authorities, property companies and private equity firms on the acquisition and disposal of commercial property. His recent work includes advising Cairngorm Capital LLP on the sale and leaseback of a 28,000 sqft industrial premises in Eastbourne.

Speaking of his promotion, he said: “I’m pleased to be taking greater responsibility and my promotion recognises the valuable role I play. I am looking forward to enjoying a more central role in the investment team, working more with our regional offices, whilst assisting others to progress within the company too.”

Meanwhile, Hugo Langlois was promoted to a level 3 surveyor for his work advising on the acquisition and disposal of commercial property across London and the South East.

James Lacey, Vail Williams’ regional managing partner for London, commented:

“It is unusual for us to make promotions mid-year, but the work that David, Toby and Hugo have been doing here in London has been so exceptional, that it is absolutely the right thing to do.

“As part of our ‘recognising talent’ programme we proactively look at career paths and work with our teams to keep progression at the forefront of our growth strategy. Together with our cultural values and agile approach to working, this helps us to become the employer of choice – attracting and retaining the very best talent in the sector, for the benefit of our clients.”

The promotions, which span the firm’s valuation and property investment teams, took effect on 3 December.

Vail Williams employs over 175 people across eight offices in Birmingham, Reading, Heathrow, London, Crawley and Woking, as well as Southampton and Portsmouth.

The firm provides full-service property advice for landlords, occupiers, investors and
developers, acting for both public and private organisations and private individuals on a broad range of issues from lease advice, property valuation and planning permissions, to asset management and property acquisition and disposal.