About Us

Our Team

Working from modern offices in the centre of Cirencester, we try to be
approachable, personable and professional.

James Slater

Managing Director
Chartered Building Surveyor

James is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an RICS Registered Valuer.

He started James Slater & Co almost 30 years ago and has established himself as one of the most respected authorities on the local vernacular architecture and the Cotswold property market.

He is developing a satellite office covering Shropshire and Herefordshire.

James Marshall

Chartered Building Surveyor

Prior to joining us, James had a career in the RAF, then he joined the commercial surveying sector for Atkins in Bristol.

James has experience looking after large complex projects and is currently acting as Project Manager for a number of large country estates. He has a particular interest in Historic buildings and relishes the challenges that they often pose.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his young family and keeps fit teaching Martial Arts.

Mike Wright

Chartered Building Surveyor

Mike started as an Architectural Technician and was sponsored by James Slater & Co through his surveying degree.

Being multidisciplined allows Mike to deal with small domestic extensions all the way through to the full refurbishment of large manor houses along with undertaking Schedules of Condition, Full Building Surveys and Dilapidations Schedules.

In his spare time Mike enjoys participating in motorcar racing and exploring the countryside with his Labrador, Koppa.

Quentin Tailford

Finance Director

Quentin is our finance director here at James Slater & Co.

Kate Shillito

Office Manager

Kate keeps everything moving as the Office Manager, PA and Secretary here at James Slater & Co.

Guillem Bardolet

Architectural Designer

Having trained and worked in Barcelona, Guillem has been designing buildings in the UK for the past 3 years.

He brings a fresh and innovative approach to traditional designs and is expanding the architectural offering of the practice.

Adam Napier

Building Surveyor

Prior to joining us Adam worked in the commercial surveying sector in Bristol.

He is currently working towards his APC to gain chartered status from the RICS.

Adam has a passion for sport and in his spare time enjoys playing hockey, sailing, skiing and triathlons.

Richard Gilmore

Building Surveyor

Richard has a multidisciplinary background primarily in Heritage Conservation and Planning. He has strengthened our approach to Planning related projects and the provision of core Heritage advice.

Richard is working towards his APC with the RICS and is looking to specialise in conservation and restoration.

Having lived in the Cotswolds all his life, in his spare time Richard enjoys being outside with his rescue lurcher Dobby.

Ian Mills

Architectural Technician

Ian comes from a Structural Engineering background, with 15 years experience producing architectural drawings.

Ian is our Architectural Technician creating plans for refurbishments, extension schemes and taking measured surveys.

Outside the office, Ian is a qualified football coach and amateur musician, playing gigs at weekends. He also loves spending time with his two young sons.

Our History

The practice was started in 1988 by James Slater FRICS. It quickly established itself as a well-respected traditional surveying and design practice, with a particular expertise in heritage construction, conservation and vernacular architecture.

Over the years we have worked with a wide range of clients, ranging from private families, schools and colleges, stately homes and estates and local businesses. The office is based in the heart of Cirencester, with a team of professionals keen on building on this legacy and adapting our services to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.

Why Choose Us

"One of the most capable practices in the South-West of England"


With 30 years of experience, we offer unparalleled local knowledge, bringing insight and context to all our projects.


We are renowned specialists in the conservation and repair of historic buildings, and bring a considered and pragmatic approach to dealing with Listed buildings.


We take great pride in delivering exceptional client service, resulting in many long standing relationships and a large amount of new work from recommendations.


Our diverse team provide the skills and experience needed to deal with all aspects of your project, allowing you to receive all the support you need from under one roof.


"A very thorough, clear and pragmatic surveyor who definitely goes the extra mile to make what can be a stressful process a lot easier. All issues with the property were picked up, and there were several areas given it was a 200 year old property, allowing us to resolve them before purchase and ultimately saving us a considerable amount of money. This in turn made the reasonable fees even better value for money.

Freddie took it upon himself to ensure that follow up work to the house was being completed to a suitably high standard. All of this with great communication and little effort required from us. I would wholeheartedly recommend Freddie and James Slater & Co."

Mark Churchill, Horsley

"In 2012 we set out to diversify our derelict farm buildings into a Holiday & Corporate let to sleep up to 24 people. They are listed buildings and therefore need to be looked at in a delicate and throughtful manner to comply with the Cotswold District Council planning directives.

The team at James Slater understood our wants and needs, and produced an outstanding piece of work. It was a complicated project, but because James Slater worked closely with us and the builders, we achieved more than we could ever have hoped for."

John Smith, Cirencester

"James Slater & Co have been of invaluable assistance to us. Initially assisting with a claim against the original surveyor, then by obtaining planning permission in respect of the extensive rebuilding and refurbishing work. This included the drawing up of plans, arranging the tender process to choose builders and then project managing the 9 months rebuilding and refurbishment programme.

Mike kept a close eye on the budget throughout and liaised closely with the various tradesmen involved. We have recommended James Slater & Co to others who have been equally impressed, and we would have no hesitation in recommending them again."

Michael Wood, Luckington
"James Slater & Co have worked for The Bathurst Estate now for just over a year. They provide Surveys, Design and Project Management on several of the Estate's properties at all levels, from small repairs to full renovations and refurbishment.

The work they provide, whether large or very small jobs, is always of an excellent standard. Their work ethic is very professional throughout, ensuring that we, as the client, have been informed of all of the options in order to make positive decisions in the course of our duties.I would recommend James Slater & Co to anyone."

Joanne Marshall, Bathurst Estate
Thanks to James and Charlotte from James Slater & Co, we have achieved our ambition of a sympathetic and practical development of a slightly tired listed cottage in a restricted position into a delightful and comfortable home, maximising the limited space available.

Inevitably, such a complex and sensitive project was going to require vision and imagination. It was also bound to have its setbacks but, importantly, these were always handled in a positive, 'can-do’ manner - helped, to no small extent, by the excellent building firm that James Slaters & Co identified and appointed. We are delighted with the end-product which achieved, and in many respects, exceeded our objectives.

John Jackman, Tetbury

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