Chartered surveyors Symonds & Sampson LLP are expanding their business into Wiltshire, with a new office opening in Devizes.

The multi-disciplined firm is 162 years old this year and the partnership run 16 offices in Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon and Somerset as well as being auctioneers in Frome market.

With the success of the Salisbury office in Wiltshire, the opportunity to open an office in Devizes is a natural step for the Partnership to take.

Philip Pollard will be the lead partner, working alongside Chris Powell, who joins Symonds & Sampson from Woolley & Wallis as a rural partner.

Philip said: “We have built a strong reputation across Wiltshire and Hampshire from the Salisbury office and a further expansion into Wiltshire is a natural move to ensure that we can service our growing clientele across the region.

"Working from Devizes, Chris will bring great energy and enthusiasm to the firm and Jack Edwards, myself and the whole team will be giving him our full support.”

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Chris graduated from Harper Adams University in 2013, qualified as a chartered surveyor in 2016 and is a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. He has been providing wide ranging advice to farmers, landowners, banks, private institutions, solicitors and accountants on a wide range of matters.

Chris’s clients have included arable and livestock farms across the south west, bloodstock and racing yards, livery units and eventing yards and a range of rural businesses.

Chris said: "I feel incredibly privileged and excited to be making this move and look forward to continuing providing the high level of service to my clients under the Symonds and Sampson LLP name.

"The support provided by the company will have a massive impact in providing a wider and more detailed level of service to farmers, tenants, land owners and rural businesses in the region."

Edward Dyke, Partner and Head of Professional Services at Symonds & Sampson, said: “Chris has built a formidable reputation in a short time and we have been impressed by his clear thinking and straight forward advice to clients. He has a rare talent and we are delighted that he is joining our firm.”