Bernard Smith FRICS

Bernard J Smith BSc (Hons) FRICS

Born in Northampton and (just) a child of the sixties, Bernard has been employed exclusively in the property industry since leaving full time education.

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Bernard is a Fellow of the RICS, a Registered Valuer and a Corporate Member of the Institute of Rating, Revenues and Valuation

Initially working “client side” managing an extensive portfolio across the south east for a major High Street bank, Bernard transferred to private practice after qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1998. Entrusted with some of the most prestigious properties in central London, he gained an extensive background in property development, investment and valuation. Bernard has also acted as an expert witness in a number of property disputes.

As a Director of his own practice in the West End, Bernard built on this experience, working with new start and developing businesses across the country before relocating to the Surrey/Sussex borders. Based in Uckfield since 2003 and dealing with commercial property of all shapes and sizes, Bernard brings to Oldfield Smith an ability to think imaginatively and communicate those ideas in a clear and practical way.

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Bernard Smith is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and holds a post graduate Diploma in Arbitration from the College of Estate Management

Bernard has an Honours degree in Estate management from the University of Reading and a post graduate Diploma in Arbitration from the College of Estate Management. He is a Fellow of the RICS, a Registered Valuer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a corporate member of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation.

Bernard is a frequent visitor to construction sites and holds a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) certificate.

In March 2015, Bernard was appointed a Vice-President of the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce and in November 2015 became Chairman and President.  In April 2016 Bernard was re-elected and at the AGM in 2017 we was again voted President and Chairman for a third time.

At the 2016 Uckfield Business Awards, Bernard was presented with the award for Business Person of the Year (Male).

In his spare time, Bernard enjoys motor sport, music and travel.

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Richard’s views on Bernard

Bernie and I started working together in 2003 and have become great friends.

I admire and respect his approach to clients, listening to their needs and then providing a practical solution, working with them and offering advice at each stage. He has a no nonsense approach, speaking in plain English avoiding property jargon and has a wealth of knowledge of the local Wealden market and beyond.

He has a natural ability to communicate at all levels and is very approachable yet has a professional business manner. Underneath that affable exterior, there really is a razor sharp mind.

Bernie is a very practical man and particularly thorough in his approach – he’s never afraid to get his hands dirty and isn’t adverse to climbing a ladder when the need arises!