The Garrington team unites some of the most experienced property finders and buying agents in the UK, who offer clients hundreds of years of combined expertise. Our property finders in London have over a 20 year track record of success for acquiring some of the finest homes in the Capital on behalf of private clients.
Nick Dawson Regional Partner
Having spent his early years living in SW London and Surrey, Nick was educated at Sherborne School in Dorset before subsequently graduating from Royal Holloway College (University of London) in 1996, Nick moved into property after starting his career as a shipbroker in The City.
Nick has worked for high profile, corporate real estate firms and smaller independent niche companies. After a decade in the residential sector, Nick gained further experience working in the UK and European markets for both commercial and investment property as an asset manager and acquisition surveyor for investment funds. He returned to the residential sector in 2004 where he successfully ran a number of offices in Central London and the City. After a brief spell in Mallorca, Nick joined Garrington in the Summer of 2010 putting his varied experience to good use sourcing properties for private clients.
Over the many years conducting searches on behalf of private client’s across London, Nick has also built an extensive knowledge of locations outside of central, particularly in the village areas of London and would now be recognised as a true expert in these markets with his comprehensive knowledge of how to source and acquire the most unique homes.
Nick lives in southwest London with his family and their dog Basil. He has a very keen interest in cooking, food and wine, particularly Italian cuisine and his love of Italy and regularly plays competitive tennis.
James Rawes Regional Partner
With a career in residential property spanning over 30 years, James has seen most of what the market has had to offer. Starting out in agency in Berkshire and Surrey in the late ‘80s, he moved up to central London in the mid ‘90s, selling flats and houses in St John’s Wood and Notting Hill. This prepared him for a long stint in South Kensington and Chelsea, working for two of the premier agents in the area. Then, in 2003, James was offered the opportunity to run the Block Management arm of a Chelsea agency. For 3 years, this demanding but ultimately rewarding role taught him more about property and leases than he had learnt in the previous 15 years. Although this added a number of strings to his bow, ultimately the pull of the market was too hard to ignore. When the chance to work for one of the most highly regarded Buying Agents came up, in what was at the time, a young industry, James grabbed the opportunity.
In 2006, James joined Garrington and has never looked back. The firm’s dedicated and forensic approach to property search is ideally suited to his methodical and professional standards. With the extensive experience he is able to bring to the role, Garrington’s clients can be assured of access to a deep and varied knowledge base. Indeed, during the 13 years that James has been a Property Advisor, his clients’ searches have taken him from the Prime Central areas of London to the up and coming postcodes south of the Thames, the trendy districts east of the City, to the media hangouts of north west London and to the popular family areas of the west and south-west.
James lives in south-west London close to Richmond with his wife and three children. He has done so for 20 years and is always going on about how lucky he is to be able to walk, run or cycle in the 2000 acres of Richmond Park while being a short distance from the capital’s attractions.
He can be found zipping about on his moped, often the first to respond to an agent’s nod about a new home to the market, previewing, analysing and informing his clients about their next property purchase.
Rex Chalmers Regional Partner
Rex started his career selling computer solutions with training from the likes of IBM, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard. In the early 90’s he entered the residential property market where he developed a strong interest and appreciation for architecture and interior design which became a passion.
Over the years he developed his skills matching people to property, often helping clients realise minor alterations and extensions can create their dream home.
Rex rose through the ranks becoming a director for some of the UK’s leading agents and established and grew his own Estate Agency that had great success until a change in direction was needed.
With a well-regarded track record of helping buyers access to exceptional property across South West London he quickly became recognised as a buying advisor in this area.
Listening to a buyer and their priorities is the key. Some will be flexible in the search and others require the finished product. There is a dedication to finding the correct solution for clients that Rex does not tire from.
Lisa Burton Regional Partner
Lisa began her property career in 1993 as a weekend viewings agent for a local property company while studying for her English & Psychology degree at Birmingham University. She spent 10 years in top London property agencies all over West and North London, before working for the conveyancing department of a law firm specialising in property. She liaised between estate agents, vendors and purchasers to ensure smooth sales transactions in the quickest time with the minimum fuss.
Before joining Garrington Lisa was the sales and marketing manager for a private city banking institution, arranging short-term finance for investors and developers, from auction purchases to portfolio acquisitions. Lisa lives in West London with her family
Nicholas Finn Managing Director
Nicholas Finn is London born and bred. With a property career spanning over a decade, he worked in prime London locations from St Johns Wood to Chiswick with one of the capital’s largest sales agents, before channelling his entrepreneurial flair into establishing his own estate agency in a sought-after part of London.
Prior to joining Garrington, Nicholas founded and ran an asset management company. It served corporate institutions and their private clients looking to sell, relocate or add to their portfolios. Nicholas leads and supports a growing team whilst using his experience and extensive contacts to generate exclusive opportunities for clients. He lives in London with his wife and young family.
Jonathan Hopper Chief Executive Officer
Jonathan has an enviable track record of success spanning 20 years in the property and relocation industry. As Chief Executive Officer of Garrington, he leads a company that has represented numerous clients in multi-million pound transactions and in turn developed a respected industry profile, through the strategic growth of a market leading brand.
Jonathan is a Director on the Board of The Property Ombudsman, a Council Member of the UK’s Association of Relocation Professionals and is a former National Council Member of the NAEA.
He is frequently called upon as an authoritative voice for market insights with articles published in The Financial Times, Canary Wharf and City magazines, The Sunday Time and Bloomberg.
A past recipient of the ‘Best UK Property Finder’ award, he is continuously striving to hone his skills having completed leadership programmes at Cranfield Management School and an MBA at Ashcroft International Business School in Cambridge.
As a prominent creative thinker and entrepreneurial problem solver, Jonathan is passionate about working with clients, and enjoys exploring the driving forces that push successful businesses to their highest potential.
John Adamson Executive Chairman
John has worked in the property sector for the last 25 years and has director level experience in residential sales, letting and management, estate management and development. Most recently he was Managing Director and majority shareholder of one of largest estate and letting agents in the Eastern region which he successfully sold to a FTSE 250 organisation.
He holds an MBA from The Open University and is a well-respected entrepreneurial leader with an eye for detail, who thrives on the creation of customer-focused companies, where success becomes a by-product of excellence.
Deborah Stanton New Business Executive
Growing up in London, Deborah has always loved the architecture of the capital, inspiring her path into the property industry.
This led to a career starting as a junior negotiator and finishing at a senior level over a seven-year period, in one of London’s largest and best known estate agencies.
Wanting to work more with private clients, on the buying side of the process, Deborah now provides an essential role at Garrington, helping both new and past clients across the UK, whilst also growing relationships with Garrington’s many corporate alliance partners.
When not at work, Deborah is shimmering her way around the dance-floor, competing in ballroom and Latin competitions, and more recently ‘treading the boards’ in an Off-West End production of Chicago.