Seth is a Bristol-based partner specialising in the retail, logistics, trade counter, office, leisure and technology sectors. His expertise is in technical due diligence (TDD), dilapidations and programme management. His most notable instructions include TDD on the majority of Screwfix’s and Amazon Logistics’s acquisitions in the past 10 years. For Screwfix, he provided many aspects of property support taking a fledgeling business with less than 50 trade counters to a market leader with more than 500.
In addition, he has other existing working relationships with clients including AS Watson, Seasalt, Wincanton, Network Rail, Exeter Property Group and Grosvenor.
One of the really great things about my role is being able to look at the property world through a wide-angle lens, taking in property strategy, portfolio-wide issues and the management and resourcing of large-scale roll-outs, acquisitions and disposals. My work with Screwfix – a favourite commission of mine – started out as a review of the acquisition and fit-out process back in the early days of their growth. Screwfix’s thirst for expansion has also expanded our role with them, supporting their acquisition programme with due diligence work to help them get to more than 500 trade-counter sites across the UK.
Another favourite project was advising the bid team of a major hotel group, going around Europe to look at the condition and enhancement opportunities of a number of five-star hotels. Unfortunately, their bid was unsuccessful, but I did get to stay in some fabulous hotels during the course of the inspections!
I am a keen cyclist and member of TFT’s Strava club. I enjoy the outdoors and also the four-wheel thrills of motorsport – I’m sure I could give Lewis Hamilton a run for his money if only I could fit into the cockpit of a Formula One racing car!