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Matthew Hobbs | Colliers | London - West End

Matthew Hobbs


Head of Retail - Lease Advisory

Retail - Lease Advisory

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Professional Summary

Having worked in the Lease Advisory side for over 30 years, Matthew is a specialist in high value retail / leisure rent reviews, lease renewals and lease negotiations.

This includes luxury shops, bars, restaurants and gyms in London along with other large retail stores (particularly supermarkets / department stores) and flagship shops throughout the UK for both landlords and tenants. Occupational advice and due diligence on supermarket investment acquisitions is a particular expertise and he is regularly approached by investors and brokers alike to provide specialist advice in this area. 

His team of five full time professional surveyors and two consultants deal with retail / leisure rent reviews, lease renewals and regears for landlords and occupiers in all of the major towns and cities in the UK. He also works closely with the agency and investment teams in asset management initiatives, lease restructuring and investment acquisitions and sales.

He is on the RICS panel of independent experts and is regularly called upon to act as third party on high value rent reviews in Central London and throughout the country.


Matthew enjoys leading a team, but with a true hands on approach, working at the coal face to achieve the best possible results for his clients, particularly on the larger and more complex cases.

He has in depth experience in preparing cases to arbitrators and independent experts as well as having attended oral hearings and preparing court reports.

He has published a number of papers on topical / legal issues relating to the all types of retail / restaurant markets and presents the findings to the City.


Royal Grammer School, Guildford
University of South Wales

Memberships & Involvements

ACIArb - Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Qualified as an Independent Expert on the RICS President's Panel

Member of Index (The RICS Expert's club)


On the landlord side, Matthew works for all of the major funds and institutions including Abrdn, Aviva Investors, Columbia Threadneedle, Legal & General, M&G and Nuveen along with a range of property companies - from the very largest such as Land Securities, Hammerson and Delancey to smaller, privately owned vehicules and high net worth individuals.

On the tenant side, he acts for a number of multiple chains of retail, supermarket and restaurant tenants in relation to their large / flagship stores in London and other major cities throughout the UK.


".... thank you for such a terrific result on the rent review ….... next stop, lease renewal!!" (Helen McVie, Delancey)

".... I’ll pass this on to my German clients. As discussed they are delighted with the outcome. Thanks." (Martin Payne, Nuveen)

".... A pleasure and once again thank you so much for all your help on this. Kind regards" (Ben Ridgewell, Land Securities)

".... 10/10 for all of your feedback questions!  (Michael Lambert, Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc)



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