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Rural property specialists Brown & Co and JH Walter teaming up


Two rural property specialists are merging to create what’s been called a “new Lincoln property stronghold”.

Brown & Co, which opened its Lincoln office in January, is acquiring JH Walter in a deal set to be finalised on October 31.

It will create a combined office of 70 people, with the Lincoln offices trading under the name Brown & Co JH Walter.

JH Walter’s Lincoln city centre office will continue to host the residential and county property auction teams and the rural, commercial, planning and energy teams will integrate with Brown & Co’s existing partners and staff at its Doddington Road offices.

Ian Walter, the senior partner at JH Walter, said: “We share the same values and culture of Brown & Co and this represents an ideal fit for our staff and our clients to provide a long term future and opportunity for growth for the firm, our partners and staff.”

John Elliott, managing partner at JH Walter, said: “The county property auction, our planning services and our residential agency capacity will be an addition to the Brown & Co current offering in Lincoln and we are delighted to be joining them to operate and grow in a larger firm and bring our combined expertise under one business.”

Brown & Co managing partner Charles Whitaker said: “We see great synergies between the two of our practices; both sharing a heritage and legacy created in the heart of Lincolnshire and sharing core business values.

“JH Walter have a strong rural client base and we are delighted to add their additional services, capacity and people to our business.

“This investment helps us to create value, efficiency and growth for both our clients and the practice of Brown & Co. It serves as a key driver for our partnership and the JH Walter team fit well with this for us.”

Brown & Co provides agricultural business consultancy, agency, professional and management services across rural, commercial & residential property, agriculture & the environment.

The firm currently operates from 12 offices throughout the East Anglia, the Midlands and the Yorkshire and Humber regions.

It also has offices in Poland, Romania and St Lucia and has a regular farm management footprint across Russia, USA, Argentina and Colombia.

The firm has 250 staff, including 34 partners and 165 other professionals working across the agricultural, rural, commercial and residential property sectors.

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