Neil Gilbert

Neil specialises in dilapidations, technical due diligence, and landlord and tenant advice, and he is also involved in advising retail clients. His notable recent projects include providing Thomson Reuters dilapidations consultancy in Milan, and understanding how Italian leases differ from British leases. He also provided joint landlord and tenant dilapidations advice on Northavon House, Frenchay in Bristol, demonstrating that landlords and tenants can work together to resolve dilapidations.

He has lectured on behalf of the RICS and other organisations. The wide variety of his work is reflected in the broad range of working relationships with clients including Tesco Stores Ltd, B&Q, Screwfix, Monsoon Accessorize, Core Assets, Honda Logistics, Aberdeen.

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I joined the Bristol office of TFT in October 2003 as a building surveyor, after many years with a multi-disciplinary practice.

When I’m not working I love gardening; I enjoy the fresh air, the exercise and admiring the finished product. My road is actually like something out of the film ‘Stepford Wives’… most gardens are immaculate. I’m constantly trying to keep up!

I suppose, deep down, I’m a frustrated architect. I have dozens of drawing pads at home, full of sketches of houses that have come straight out of my imagination. I’ve been drawing since I was a child, although as an adult it’s one of the only things that really relaxes me. That and LEGO (who doesn’t love LEGO?) I have tonnes of it.

And If I wasn’t a surveyor, I’d be a hotel inspector. I’ve watched all of Alex Polizzi’s TV shows – I’m more critical than she is! But instead, I’ll continue to be a regular hotel reviewer on TripAdvisor.