About us

Since 1972 we have been providing expert and dynamic advice, with a specific focus on retail and restaurant sectors.

With a vast resource of knowledge, expertise and contacts we are able to add real value to our client’s portfolios. Our clients range from individuals with single properties through to international companies with large portfolios.

Cultivating long-term client partnerships based on trust and mutual respect has always been the Lewis Craig way. We are passionate about results and care about the detail of everything we do, providing skilled diplomatic solutions in a timely manner.

Richard Grossman

Director

Richard joined the practice in 1980 and became a partner in 1988. His areas of activity include acquisition work on a nationwide basis, strategic consulting to growing retail and restaurant operations, advising insolvency practitioners on individual and portfolio disposals, as well as professional work for retained clients.

Richard enjoys long term client relationships with a wide range of clients from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the USA. Richard is married with two sons. He is a keen long distance runner, completing 4 marathons to date. He also enjoys skiing and playing tennis and can be found at White Hart Lane every other weekend.

Theo Benedyk, BSc (Hons) MSc

Director

Theo heads up the agency department, involved in both acquisition and disposal activity on a nationwide basis, acting for a wide range of UK-based and International clients. He also advises the professional and asset management teams, liaising closely on rent reviews, lease renewals and active estate management matters.

He joined the practice in 2009 having completed his Real Estate Valuation and Management degree at The University of The West of England in Bristol, subsequently completing a Masters in Real Estate Development at The University of Westminster.

Theo particularly enjoys advising clients with their expansion strategies and adding value to client disposal programmes to maximise portfolio performance. He passionately follows the F1 calendar and can always be found in one of London’s latest new eateries.

Andrew Taylor

Senior Associate

Andrew heads up the firm’s management department, having been with us since 1997, previously having worked for a major UK pension fund.

As well as dealing with all aspects of day-to-day property management, he enjoys strong landlord and tenant working relationships, as well as co-ordinating with other property professionals and advisors to ensure that our client’s interests are best protected. Andrew is particularly adept at enhancing portfolio performance through a pro-active approach to management.

A lifelong supporter of Derby County FC and as a result very much a realist! His broad interest in music and love of the outdoors makes him one of the eclectic members of the team.

Daniel Gradel

Asset Manager

Daniel assists in the management of the firm’s extensive property management portfolio. He is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with vast experience across the property services spectrum and geographical locations. In addition, he advises management clients on rent reviews and lease renewals.

He joined the firm following over four years with CBRE in Hong Kong, where he was responsible for conducting and managing valuations across all major property sectors in and around the Greater China Region. This also involved coordinating and supervising overseas valuations in South East Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.

Daniel enjoys analysing and advising clients on enhancing portfolio value in order to maximise asset performance. He also enjoys playing football, tennis, skiing and travelling.

Jeffrey Craig, FRICS

Consultant

One of the founders of the practice in 1972, Jeffrey has a vast amount of industry experience, market knowledge, a loyal client following and an extensive network of contacts.

He now specialises in strategic asset management – working with clients on the creation, make up and development of their commercial property investment portfolios, which includes the carrying out of selected professional work.

Away from the office Jeffrey enjoys playing tennis, sailing and cycling, that is when he is not being taken for long walks over the Sussex Downs by his Otterhounds.

Justin Lester, MA BA(Hons) MRICS

Consultant

Justin has over 15 years’ experience specialising in rent reviews and lease renewals nationwide, including preparation of expert witness reports. He has worked closely with a wide mix of clients, both landlords and tenants, advising on high street and shopping centre retail and restaurant units.

He enjoys a long-term working relationship with a number of clients, with a thorough, no-nonsense approach to get the best out of their property.

Justin is married with three children. He likes running, sailing and five-a-side football when time allows. He also follows Arsenal, although he doesn’t always enjoy this activity quite as much.

Gary Silver, FRICS

Consultant

Gary Silver FRICS is a Chartered Surveyor, qualifying in 1983.

He specialises in undertaking Building Surveys, and prepares Schedules of Condition for Tenants and Landlords entering into new Commercial leases. He also prepares Schedules of Dilapidations upon the termination of leases and negotiates the settlement of claims.

Gary is a keen sports enthusiast, enjoying golf, skiing and road cycling in Europe. He is a keen Luton Town fan and looks forward to the day his team plays Richard’s team!

We have witnessed considerable change in the property industry since founding the practice some forty years ago. In this ever changing world there is one value, I am proud to say, that remains deep in our DNA, being our core belief that business is all about people and always for us the long term client relationship. This will never change.

Jeffrey Craig Founder