Beckett and Kay was formed in April 2002 by Peter Beckett and Richard Kay. They first met over ten years previously when working together at Kemp & Hawley, a firm of general practice Chartered Surveyors. It was at Kemp & Hawley where they were both involved in the leading case on valuation in dilapidations claims (Peter as the landlord’s valuer, and Richard as his trainee), Shortlands v Cargill.
After starting their partnership, Peter and Richard soon established the firm as industry leaders, appearing in cases such as Simmons v Dresden, Anstruther v Vidas, Bruntwood, Arrowdell, Sportelli, and Nailrile. Henrietta joined the firm as a trainee in 2012, qualified in 2015, and became a partner in 2016.
After a long, varied and interesting career, Peter stepped back from professional work in 2022 and now focuses on his own investments. He is still very much part of the Beckett and Kay family, not only in name, but also now as a client.
Richard and Henrietta have continued to grow the firm and expand its areas of specialism. Both Fellows of the RICS, they regularly lecture on their specialisms and give expert evidence. They are supported by a strong team of surveyors and trainees, property managers and support staff.