Merger deal for Wooler firm

Richard Landale, Michael Orde, Ewan Harris and James Boulton
Richard Landale, Michael Orde, Ewan Harris and James Boulton

Leading rural chartered surveyors Smiths Gore has merged with the Wooler office of independent chartered surveyors Sale and Partners.

The deal, which took effect from January 1, increases the breadth of services available to clients.

Established in 1927 by Colonel John Sale, Sale and Partners is one of the leading firms of independent chartered surveyors in north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

The firm is widely respected, and provides a comprehensive range of property services, including estate management, property sales and architectural and building services.

The two firms have united under the Smiths Gore brand and the Wooler office will be headed up by Michael Orde.

He will be supported by a strong team including two partners Ewan Harris, formerly of Sale and Partners in Wooler and James Boulton who is a partner in Smiths Gore’s Berwick office, Richard Landale will stay on in a consultancy role.

This significant increase in presence will enable the new team to manage larger and more complex projects, by utilising the specialist departments such as renewables and farm business management within Smiths Gore.

Michael Orde said: “This is an extremely complementary merger which enables us to build on our strong foundations in the region. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the staff and partners of Sale and Partners, and are looking forward to serving current and future clients of the combined firm in the provision of a complete range of rural property consultancy in the area.”

Richard Landale, senior partner of Sale and Partners added: “Smiths Gore is a firm we have admired and worked closely alongside for many years, and this merger is a natural fit for the staff and partners of our Wooler office.

“We look forward to working with new colleagues in the merged business in north Northumberland.”