Peter Beckett FRICS

  • Specialist in landlord and tenant
  • Long experience of giving expert evidence
  • Almost 50 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

Valuation in dilapidations

Landlord’s valuer in leading cases on dilapidations: Shortlands [1]; Simmons v Dresden [2]; and Bruntwood [3].

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


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

Partner in, later consultant to Beckett and Kay, 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, leasehold enfranchisement, and valuation in cases involving the discharge and modification of restrictive covenants.

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 Croxley Green, Hertfordshire. 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)