Sorborn Estates Lease Advisory Surveyor

Lease Advisory Surveyor Candidate Pack

Dear Applicant

Thank you for your interest in the Lease Advisory Surveyor position with Sorbon Estates.

Sorbon Estates is one of the largest privately-owned commercial property investors in the South East, owning over 300 properties and managing in excess of 1500 tenants. Established in 1973, Sorbon Estates is part of the Shanly Group. Located in Beaconsfield, the company operates in and around the M25, the Thames Valley and Greater London.

1. Intro

5. The Shanly Group 6. Shanly Foundation 7. Job Description

2. Sorborn Estates

8. Application Process

3. The Portfolio

4. Case Study - Marlow

Sorbon Estates

The Shanly Group’s commercial property interests are managed by Sorbon Estates, who are amongst the larger privately-owned commercial property investors in the South East. We own over 300 commercial properties and estates and manage over 1,500 tenants.

The culture of Sorbon Estates is that of challenge, creativity and flexibility which encourages a commercially sound and attractive product and service. Using our established network of links with local and national agents, we focus on adding quality assets in the best locations to ensure that we continue to grow and expand to meet our tenants’ changing needs. The commercial portfolio is continually monitored and appropriate investment made in order to maintain and enhance the estate.While the company is conscious of the need to optimise financial returns for the long-term prosperity of the Sorbon Estates, it is also aware of its responsibilities as a regional employer and the need to cooperate with all relevant interested parties when embarking on new developments. It is also conscious of the need to attract and retain a creative body of employees that adhere to and help craft the underlying values and ethics of the Sorbon Estates.

We consider our diverse portfolio offers a great deal of protection during more difficult operating conditions. Moreover, we remain committed to enlarge our portfolio and plan to invest in our properties in order to remain competitive and enhance the tenant experience.We also remain intent on adding to our portfolio with appropriate acquisitions and continue to seek new geographies in this process.

The Portfolio

Sorbon Estates continues to actively acquire and expand its commercial portfolio across a wide range of property classes.We principally operate in the thriving and up-and-coming towns in the South East and Thames Valley area. We are interested in retail in market towns, offices in commuter towns, investment situations with potential asset management and planning gain opportunities, and traditional redevelopment of all types of brownfield sites, as well as marinas and moorings. As long-term investors, we are patient, professional and dedicated in improving our properties and enhancing their surroundings.

Portfolio by Asset Class








Industrial/ Storage

Key Facts

300+ Commercial Properties in our Portfolio

1,500+ Commercial Tenants in our Portfolio

Residential, Maidenhead

Industrial, Maidenhead

Moorings, Henley-on-Thames

Retail and Offices, Marlow

Current portfolio can be viewed here.

Marlow is a highly attractive, bustling, Thameside market town with an abundance of boutique shops, restaurants, cafés and bistros, with a mix of national and independent retailers.


Sorbon Estates bought their first property in Marlow in 1985 and by 2019 the company had become the majority retail property holder in the town.

Independents are a key part of Marlow’s unique character.

67% of current retailers are independents.

Sorbon Estates partners with the British Independent Retailers Association to assist all independents in our portfolio.

“People often ask us why Sorbon Estates invests in Marlow and there are a few good reasons: a beautiful riverside setting, impressive list of nearby towns and villages that visitors are drawn from, the market town architecture, the community spirit. But we also like to think that it is our long term view that is key to Marlow’s retail success.” “As the largest property owner in the town, we are in the very fortunate position that we can be selective with our retail tenants.We are not looking to drive up rents or to install the first tenant that comes along.We are looking for diverse, innovative, striking, exciting, unique retailers that can enhance and enrich the offering and help attract discerning visitors to the town for years to come.

“Marlow is important to us, it’s a special retail destination and we intend to keep it that way.”

Tamra Booth, Managing Director, Sorbon Estates

Spittal Street

High Street

The Shanly Group


Represents the commercial property interests operating predominately in the Thames Valley region. The portfolio has over 300 properties / estates across retail, office, residential, industrial and leisure sectors and has over 1,500 tenants.


Shanly Home is an award-winning regional housebuilder bringing well designed homes to desirable locations in the South East of England. Shanly Homes is organised into three regions each with their own management teams. In 2018, the division operated out of 30 sites.


Shanly Partnership Homes was established in 2012 and awarded Registered Provider status to offer Shanly quality new homes to the shared ownership market.


Since inception the Group has been a strong supporter of charitable and community causes. In 1997 this was formalised via the Michael Shanly Charitable Trust which in 2012 became the Shanly Foundation.

The Group has forged relationships with the RSPB, Freshwater Habitats Trust, Plant Heritage and many other nature charities to actively encourage and sustain the natural environment. Additionally, we work with theWoodland Trust to plant 20 native trees for every house we build and 10 trees for every apartment. To date, we have donated a total of 28,974 trees to theWoodland Trust’s 1,000 native woods.

£166 Million Turnover

185 Employees

1,500 Commercial Tenants in the Estates Portfolio

20 Average Number of Residential Selling Sites Per Month

672 Applications for Funding Received by the Shanley Foundation

Shanly Foundation

The Shanly Foundation is funded entirely from the discretionary distribution of profits made by the companies that make up the Shanly Group. Over the years, the Shanly Group and Shanly Foundation have donated in excess of £20m to those in need of a helping hand and in 2018 the Foundation made 413 separate awards and pledges. Employees are actively encouraged to become involved with the Foundation and are invited, in rotation, to attend the meetings of the trustees. Many employees also get involved with some of the charities and good causes the Foundation supports.

Job Description

What you’ll be doing As Lease Advisory Surveyor you will actively and professionally manage lease re-gears and restructures, rent reviews, lease renewals and valuation work. Preparing clear and informative reports, providing market knowledge and presentations whilst working in conjunction with other members of the estates team. You will add value to leasing transactions and development proposals and undertake other aspects of landlord and tenant work to include, where necessary, preparation of third-party submissions and dispute resolution.

Skill and experience • Ideally RICS qualified with proven post qualification experience • Excellent understanding of landlord and tenant legislation • Form professional and conducive relationships with a range of stakeholders including tenant surveyors and solicitors • Strong negotiator with client facing skills • RICS Registered Valuer would be an advantage • Existing South East lease advisory expertise is preferable

What we can offer you We expect the best from our employees, and in return we take care of them with a competitive employment package including:

• Free life assurance • Annual and long-term bonus schemes • Additional annual leave with length of service • Pension scheme

By becoming part of our team, you’ll be given the opportunity to work in a unique environment that combines the friendliness of a privately-owned business with all the benefits of a financially strong company that has stood the test of time. If this gets you excited and you feel that you might be the person we’re looking for, we’d love to hear from you.

Application Process

FOR a confidential conversation please contact our advisor Matthew Evans of The Management Recruitment Group on;

E: T: 020 3962 9900

Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of not more than 4 pages).

Applications should be sent to

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 14th April 2020.

Final interviews with Sorbon Estates week commencing 27th April 2020.

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