David started his career with Burley Property Consultants in 1995 and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1998.
From 2000, David worked with Chesterton and then King Sturge, two of the UK's leading commercial property consultancies specialising in retail and leisure and acting for the likes of Ann Summers, Orange, Holland & Barrett and Centrica.
David returned to Burley Browne in 2005 and now as co-owner and Joint Managing Director provides specialist advice to both landlords, investors and developers that are involved in the retail, restaurant and investment markets both locally and across the UK as well as independent, regional and national operators. Notable clients have included handmade burger co where David was instrumental in helping to grow their restaurant portfolio from one restaurant to over 30; Barburrito, acquiring locations across the UK and more recently German Street Food operator Extrawurst opening two sites in 2022 in Merry Hill Shoppping Centre and New Street, Birmingham,
David acts for a wide variety of landlord developer and investment client, and remains actively involved in acquiring commercial premises for investors and occupiers across the Midlands and the wider UK.
David is also a board member of Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID (Business Improvement District) and BID representative on the Town Centre Regeneration Partnership helping to reshape the town centre through the Masterplan.
James Merrick BSc (Hons) DipArb MRICS MCIArb
Joint Managing Director - Lease Advisory & Professional Services
James started his career in 1997 at Frank Nason & Co in the Black Country, operating in general practice and moved to Johnson Fellows to specialise in retail property in 1999.
Having qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in early 2000, James worked in the landlord and tenant team advising on rent reviews, lease renewals, re-gears and valuations on all forms of retail property.
In 2017 James moved to Burley Browne, firstly as Director and from April 2020 as co-owner and Joint Managing Director. James continues to act on landlord and tenant matters, in addition to developing and driving the business forward with David and the team.
James has represented and advised national multiple retailers, institutional landlords, developers and investment funds as well as local occupiers and private landlords.
James has substantial experience representing parties as an Expert Witness in Arbitration and Independent Expert proceedings as well as at Court and PACT, and is an RICS accredited Expert Witness specialising in retail property.
James is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and also sits on the RICS Presidents panel of Arbitrators, receiving both RICS and private appointments to act as an Arbitrator in respect of rental disputes.
James has been an RICS APC assessor for over ten years and is a former member of the RICS West Midlands Regional Board.
Katie joined Burley Browne in September 2022 as Property Manager within the Property Management department with responsibility across the business’s extensive and growing Property Management portfolio and comprising a mixture of assets including retail, offices, industrial and mixed use. Katie was promoted to Senior Property Manager in December 2023.
Katie joins from established Black Country surveying practice Bond Wolfe where she spent 8 years, firstly in the Commercial Agency department and since 2017 in Property Management.