Peter Beckett FRICS

  • Specialist in landlord and tenant
  • Long experience of giving expert evidence
  • Over 40 years of professional property work, as well as property and business management
  • Direct experience and understanding of property development and investment
  • Involvement in leading cases in his field

Specialisms within landlord and tenant

Damage to the reversion

Landlord’s valuer in leading cases on dilapidations: Shortlands [1]; Simmons v Dresden [2]; and Bruntwood [3]. Member of the RICS Dilapidations Working Group during the drafting of the previous two editions of the RICS Guidance Note on dilapidations.

Leasehold enfranchisement

Many appearances at the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal – now the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber); several at the Lands Tribunal, now the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). This includes appearances as:

  • One of the four valuers in Sportelli [4] – the leading case on deferment rate
  • The landlord’s valuer in Arrowdell [5], which addressed leasehold relativity and development value
  • One of several valuers in the Nailrile [6] series of cases, dealing with leasehold relativity and the valuation of intermediate landlords’ interests
  • The lessee’s valuer in Voyvoda [7], another case on deferment rate

Member of the RICS Leasehold Reform Working Group which, at the behest of the Lands Tribunal in Arrowdell, produced the RICS Research Report “Leasehold reform: RICS graphs of relativity” in July 2009. Member of the working group which produced the RICS Guidance Note “Leasehold Reform in England and Wales” (second edition) in 2011.


RICS Registered Property Receiver and Fellow of the Association of Property and Fixed Charge Receivers (NARA). Drafted their Guidance Note 19 on the Receiver’s role as landlord and Guidance Note 12 on leasehold property. Managed the cyclical updating of all other Guidance Notes until 2015.


A proponent of value investment in property, and a small investor.


  • Honours degree in Economics
  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Business history

1997 to present

Practising as Beckett and Kay in partnership with Richard D Kay FRICS, initially in the West End of London, latterly in the City. Specialising in landlord and tenant, property management and specialist valuation work. Particular emphasis on valuation in dilapidations, and leasehold enfranchisement.

1991 – 1997

With Kemp & Hawley, Chartered Surveyors in Covent Garden. Deeply involved in property management, valuation, Court and arbitration work, rent review and agency. Agency work covering mainly the letting and acquisition of offices and shops. Latterly specialising in the sale, purchase, valuation and management of secondary commercial investments.

1987 – 1991

Own property business in property trading, investment and development.

1970 – 1987

Partner (later senior partner) in Becketts, a firm of residential Estate Agents with six offices based around Harrow. The business was sold to Hogg Robinson in 1987. Responsible for the overall management of the business and for all the firm’s professional and commercial work.


Lives in Harrow, north-west London. Married, with four children and six grandchildren.

[1] Shortlands Investments Ltd v Cargill plc [1995] 1EGLR 51

[2] Simmons v. Dresden [2004] EWHC 993 (TCC)

[3] Bruntwood 2000 First Properties Ltd v British Telecommunications plc [2008] (unreported)

[4] Cadogan v Sportelli and other cases [2006] (At the Lands Tribunal: LRA/50/2005 and other cases) [2007] (At the Court of Appeal: EWCA Civ 1042) [2008] (At the House of Lords: UKHL 71)

[5] Flats 36-65, Coniston Court, Holland Road, Hove – Arrowdell Ltd v Coniston Court (North) Hove Ltd [2006] (LRA/72/2005) [2007] RVR 39

[6] Nailrile Ltd v Earl Cadogan and anor and other cases [2008] (LRA/114/2006 and other references)

[7]Voyvoda v Grosvenor West End Properties and anor [2012] (LRA/52/2012)