It was January 1988 when Chris and Julia Lawson first set up their commercial estate agency practice then known as Chris Lawson & Co and which was rebranded as Lawson Commercial in 1990.
Chris Lawson said: ‘Having worked for one of the big Sussex firms for 10 years it was quite a dramatic change to be working on one’s own from home initially and at times a bit lonely - despite the assistance of the then canine team. The highlight of 1988 was acting for Wyncote Developments plc who won the tender for the site which is now Tesco’s supermarket. Since that time the firm has gone from strength to strength and has been involved in many of the important developments in the Wealden area including the office developments at Falmer Court. Office Village and Horsted Square as well as the new shops in the Bell walk shopping complex which were completed at the then end of the 1980s / start of 1990s.
The firm has grown steadily over the years and now boasts a comprehensive team offering a full commercial estate agency service including professional work such as rent reviews, surveys, valuations, rating appeals and commercial management as well as the usual functions of marketing all types of commercial property. The staff are still ably supported by a canine team currently Barney, Bart, Toffee and Clio.
We start 2013 with two of the most important instructions in the area for many years. The first is the sale of the Ashdown Business Park at Maresfield, now finally in one single ownership, some 30 acres with planning consent for 240,000 sq ft of office and industrial property. The second is the sale of the former RVL site at Squires Industrial Estate, Easons Green which is just over a mile from the A22 junction at Halland and which is an 8.4 acre site having 8 buildings comprising some 47,000 sq ft of existing accommodation and capable of further development subject to planning.’
The firm will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a function in the summer.