Naylors Gavin Black

We are Naylors Gavin Black, your Commercial Property People for the North East. We are a highly regarded firm of Chartered Surveyors and Commercial Property Consultants based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We bring a fresh, dynamic approach to the property market striving to offer the best possible results for our clients.

With decades of market experience on our side, our advice is underpinned with a thorough understanding of the commercial property market from the inside out. Clients come to us for our knowledge and intuitive understanding of the region’s property sector, and we always deliver. Our solid reputation is built on the recommendation of happy clients.

You will find our straight forward, open and honest approach refreshing. Experts in our respective fields, we work together to provide a first-rate joined up service across all sectors and focus on building strong, lasting relationships with our clients. We are, above all, a people business – our client’s needs are of the first and utmost importance.

At Naylors Gavin Black we believe that people who are specialists give the best advice. That’s why our services are broken down into specific areas, with each service led by a senior Naylors Gavin Black expert. It’s this structure which allows us to offer a bespoke service providing solutions across all property types. Our services include Property investment, Industrial Agency, Office Agency, Building Consultancy, Asset & Facilities Management, Valuations & Lease Advisory, Rating and Development Consultancy.

We are regional market leaders poised for progressive growth, yet we are loyal to our roots. Based firmly in the North East, we are owned, managed and run from Newcastle, it’s our home, our passion and the place we know best.

Areas We Cover:

Tyne and Wear, Durham, Northumberland, Yorkshire


Hadrian House, Higham Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF

Our Team

Angus White

Managing Partner

Angus is the Managing Partner of the practice and also Head of the Property and Asset Management Team, which he has built from a standing start to over 160 buildings in a portfolio that extends from Glasgow in the North to Workington in the west and Whitley Bay in the East. Angus also has extensive experience in providing a range of consultancy advice, from developers on PFI schemes to leading the professional team which recently secured planning consent on a 70-acre business park on the edge of Durham City.

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Fergus Laird

Partner and President of The Commercial Property Network

Fergus has been with Naylors for all but one of its 32 years, having started his career in Norwich in 1989 and then working for Storey Sons and Parker in Newcastle.

Fergus is an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) panel chairman for the RICS, as well as a trustee of Centrewest and the Beacon Partnership, both charities based in the west of end of Newcastle with a remit to improving the quality of life for the residents. He is a former governor for his local primary school.

Fergus is an investment specialist, having previously spent a large part of his career as an office agent acting on numerous high profile developments in the North East. He acts on behalf of national funds, property companies and high net worth individuals in buying and selling property investments. Further areas of expertise include strategic asset management and joint ventures.

Fergus and the team are active in disposal of assets for clients across a range of sectors and geographies, whilst also having a strong reputation for successfully sourcing off market opportunities.

In October 2020, Fergus was appointed president of The Commercial Property Network of which Naylors Gavin Black LLP is an active member. CPN is a network of niche independent firms across the UK allowing access to detailed market information and opportunities in all parts of the country.

Fergus is also a member of SIOR –the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. His membership will allow him unrivalled access to overseas investors.

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Scott Clarke

Building Consultancy Lead

Scott is an experienced Chartered Building Surveyor with a proven track record working in both the Commercial and Residential sectors. Skilled in AutoCAD, Contract Administration, Project Management, and a range of Professional Building Services, Scott re-joined Naylors in 2019 after gaining experience at firms such as Malcolm Hollis, Capita and McBains Cooper.

In 2012, Scott graduated with a 2:1 Bachelor of Science (BSc) Hons focused in Building Surveying from The Nottingham Trent University.

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