dan-knowlesIn 2008, our Director Dan Knowles was living in the middle of a housing estate which was due to be demolished. He was already a Surveyor but had previously had limited experience of Compulsory Purchase.

Many years before, as a 16-17 year old he was homeless for about half a year. He learned the importance of having a secure roof over your head. When his home was later threatened by Compulsory Purchase, the importance of having this security proved very important once again.

His career path soon changed to specialise in Compulsory Purchase. From 2008-2013 he went on to work on some of the highest profile regeneration schemes in the country, on behalf of Council’s, developers and those under threat of losing their homes and business premises.

The drastic inequality of access to good quality professional advice struck him. It became apparent that nearly all Council’s and developers were represented by specialist CPO Surveyors whilst many home and business owners received poor quality advice from non specialists. In 2013, he set up Sawyer Fielding to protect the interests of those at risk of losing their homes and business premises.

Since 2013, our experience and client base has grown significantly. We have continued to work on some of the most high profile schemes in the country. We pride ourselves on the personal and professional level of service we provide to our clients, the positive working environment we provide to our team and on our charitable Sawyer Fielding gives back.

We now have a small team of Chartered Surveyors and support staff with a specialism in Compulsory Purchase. We pride ourselves on being the market leaders for residential compulsory purchase acting for claimants and also provide services to commercial property owners.