Dan’s background

Dan Knowles LLB (Hons) PG Dip MRICS is the Director of Sawyer Fielding, Dan has been working in Compulsory Purchase since 2008 and has been a Surveyor since 2005. In previous roles, he has worked for Councils and Developers. He founded Sawyer Fielding to give a professional voice to homeowners affected by regeneration. He also regularly puts pressure on Government for reform of Compulsory Purchase law to aid homeowners. Unusually for a Surveyor he has also been personally affected by regeneration (one of two members of our team).

He is a regular speaker at training events on Compulsory Purchase ran by Westminster briefing, Waterfront, Contact Property Training and the Compulsory Purchase Association. He prides himself on being known as the go-to man on all matters estate regeneration from the homeowners perspective.

Dan is also on the Board of Directors of the Compulsory Purchase Association. Within the Association, Dan’s key role is as Chairman of the Estate Regeneration Group, giving him direct contact with Government over proposed changes to legislation that are made by the Association.

The Compulsory Purchase Association is a ‘Not for Profit’ member organisation which seeks to encourage and develop best practice within Compulsory Purchase and Compensation. It brings together and channels expertise in Compulsory Purchase and Compensation from professions such as Solicitors, Chartered Surveyors, Town Planners and Accountants. It promotes the appropriate use of CPO, its best practice; and where necessary, reform.

Dan is also one of a handful of Surveyors asked by Government to review it’s own Compulsory Purchase guidance booklets.

Outside of work, Dan spends most of his time with his wife and two year old son. He’s hoping his son’s football classes will see him follow his Dad’s passion for the beautiful game. He’s also a keen photographer and having grown up watching his own father in the musicals, shares the love for them.

Dan’s charities

Each member of the Sawyer Fielding team choose a charity to support each year. In 2018, Dan’s chosen charity was Regenerate.

Regenerate work with young people and their families, predominantly in youth work. One of their two centres is based in the heart of the Alton Estate in Wandsworth. Along with many of their neighbours, their property is due to be compulsory purchased. In November 2018, when presenting them with a cheque for £2,000, we saw some of the wonderful work they provide with the areas youth. Organisations like Regenerate are vital for today’s youth, with so few alternatives available. The donation was part of a series of donations totalling £10,000 for the year.

Dan’s charity for 2019 is yet to be decided.