Roberts Vain Wilshaw are a niche practice that provides clients with personal attention and genuine expertise on demanding commercial property issues. The team have worked together for many years, providing a cohesive and complimentary range of services to a wide range of clients.

Data and analytics are an essential part of our business and we’re working with some of the biggest names in the data business to develop cutting edge Big Data technologies – a major differentiating factor that allows us to punch well above our weight and provides us with a unique insight that can be deployed for a huge variety of uses.

Ultimately we provide our clients with exceptional advice on a wide variety of complex commercial property issues, backed up and driven by unique data and analytics. 

Our clients include owners, occupiers, investors and other niche property advisors where our data and analytics help complement their specific expertise.


Richard Roberts BSc MRICS
Managing Director

A chartered surveyor with over 20+ years experience in complex Business Rates and L&T issues.  Richard has a particular bias towards empty property advice and temporary occupation solutions as well as being the force behind the data driven systems. His background includes being Chief Operating Officer at Altus for 8 years and an Equity Partner at Edwin Hill.

07881 503 540
Paul Roberts MRICS
Principal Director

Paul has specialised in business rates for over 25 years working in both the public and private sector. During this time he has represented a huge range of clients on a wide variety of property types across the UK including standard commercial and industrial occupations, hospitals, chemical plants, hotels and pubs as well as many other specialist properties based on contractors or receipts based valuations. In addition to advising on rates liability Paul has extensive experience providing advice to both Landlords and Tenants on rent reviews, lease renewals and lease re-gears.

07562 746 334
Joseph Wilshaw
Principal Director

Joe heads up our agency team specialising in the acquisition and disposal of commercial property including offices, warehouses and land throughout the Northwest and Midlands. In addition he offers landlord and tenant advice to landlords and occupiers. Joe previously headed up the agency team at Altus Group where he worked for 15 years alongside the other members of the Roberts Vain Wilshaw team.

07917 647 213
Rick Paterson MRICS

Rick is a chartered surveyor with over 35 years experience in business rates in both the public and private sectors. He worked at the Valuation Office for 30 years so has an in depth knowledge of how that organisation works. He also worked with the VO’s Specialist Rating team for a number of years, so is used to dealing with high value / complex industrial buildings such as large factories, distribution warehouses, cold stores, chemical works and data centres. Additions for rateable Plant and Machinery can be significant and need to be evaluated and costed. Rick has the experience to ensure this is done correctly and rates liability is suitably mitigated.

07704 156 567
Jane Marshall
Associate Director

Jane has over 30 years experience in advising on office and warehouse acquisitions & disposals for clients ranging from funds and property companies, to high net worth individuals and small property owners. Jane focusses predominantly on the Warrington/Runcorn market and her experience goes back to the Warrington and Runcorn Development Corporation days and over 20 years at the Eileen Bilton Partnership. What Jane doesn’t know about this market isn’t worth knowing.

07801 373 974
Peter Macfarlane

A chartered surveyor with over 25+ years’ experience in portfolio and asset management. Peter has been involved in all sectors of commercial property with a particular focus on Offices, Retail and Distribution, from forward funding to turnkey construction . In the past few years Peter has been involved in the seeding and development of a residential property portfolio for vulnerable adults.

Fiona Kelly
PA to the Directors

After 12 years working with the team, Fiona understands what we do exceptionally well and plays an important role in the smooth operation of the business. She’s the go-to person for administrative or billing queries.

01925 205060
Gary Edwards
Head Of IT

Gary is a technology, process, and system design professional, with over 10 years’ experience designing and building systems for leading professional service organisations across the legal, financial, and commercial property sectors.  Gary is passionate about bringing efficiency and simplicity to complex and often laborious processes. As our Head of IT, he will be driving forward the development of our proprietary commercial property data system ‘Prop Data’ and practice management application, 'CORE'.

01925 205060
Stephen Wood
Senior Surveyor

Stephen joins the team with over a decade of business rates knowledge and experience. Stephen previously worked with the RVW Directors and specialised in business development before attending Salford University to start a journey to become a Chartered Surveyor. He has honed his skill as a rating surveyor over the years, successfully navigating his way through the complex CCA system to consistently achieve significant client savings on a wide variety of property types across the UK.

07886 988 305
Lisa Forbes
Business Development Executive

Lisa has a European Law Degree and has worked in various industries including financial services, public sector funding and the charity sector. All her roles have included business development, relationship building, networking and reaching out to new clients, she is looking forward to developing her role in the commercial property sector.

01925 205060
Andy Gater
Business Development Executive

Andy has almost a decade of business rates experience and has worked with the Directors in previous businesses. It’s great to have Andy back in the fold as he brings a wealth of business rates knowledge and has great skills in routing out the right people.

01925 205060