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Leading property consultancy JLL boosts its Cardiff team

Justin Millett has been appointed as lead director of national property consultancy JLL’s Cardiff office, bringing 25 years of experience in the property market to the role.

He replaces Chris Sutton who has left the company to pursue his own consultancy practice after 12 successful years.

Alongside his role as lead director, Justin will continue as JLL’s head of capital markets in Wales, a role which includes the development, funding, acquisition and disposal of property investments across all sectors.

Justin said: “I’m very excited to be taking on the role of lead director and heading up the talented group of people we have in Cardiff, who combine excellent local knowledge with JLL’s global perspective to provide our clients with advice that’s second to none. We are involved in a range of major projects and transactions that play an important role in shaping our region’s towns and cities.”

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Recent key JLL instructions include:

  • £86m investment acquisition of Admiral’s Cardiff HQ for LaSalle.
  • £34m funding of a new 250 bed Premier Inn on the Custom House site on St Mary Street in Cardiff for Aviva.
  • 270,000 sq ft office acquisition at Central Square for the Government Property Agency.
  • Long leasehold sale of the CAF 165,000 sq ft manufacturing complex at Celtic Business Park in Newport for St Modwen.
  • 150,000 sq ft letting of the former Littlewoods unit at New House Farm in Chepstow.
  • Project and development management of circa £10 m improvements at Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay on behalf of Schroders.
  • Building surveying and project management services for M&G Real Estate on the 250,000 sq ft Bridgend Designer Outlet and the 450,000 sq ft Parc Trostre, Llanelli.

Justin added: “In these uncertain political times, clients are seeking innovative, well researched advice from established and trusted advisers such as JLL. In response to client’s needs, we have continued to grow and strengthen our Cardiff team and I’m delighted to announce a number of key appointments.”

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Director Paul Champken has been promoted to head of building consultancy in Cardiff, taking over from Jonathan Churchill who remains as a consultant for JLL, with Sarah Hazell also joining as a surveyor in the seven-strong building team, after four years at Cushman & Wakefield.

Andrew Flower has also joined JLL as an associate specialising in business rates advice and brings with him over 10 years of experience.

Associate Heather Lawrence is now head of industrial agency, with support from Kate Openshaw who has joined the agency team as a graduate surveyor.

JLL was recently named as one of the most inclusive employers in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2019. JLL has ranked 64th on this year’s list, becoming the first property advisor to make the Top 100.

Justin commented: “In our Cardiff office, it’s important to us that we create an excellent working culture and encourage diversity in the workplace and we will will continue to promote these strong values.”

Simon Peacock, lead director at JLL for the South region, said: “We are delighted that Justin has taken on the role of lead director in Cardiff. As his clients will know, he brings with him a wealth of experience and deep knowledge of the South Wales market, as well as plenty of energy and enthusiasm. We know that the office will go from strength to strength under his leadership and with a fantastic team supporting him.”

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