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Meet the team

The people (and dogs) behind the sold boards.

Chris Lawson BA (Hons), FNAEA (Comm) - Partner

Chris Lawson


Chris started in Estate Agency in 1974. Formerly a partner with Stiles Harold Williams and left in February 1988 to start his own commercial estate agency & surveying practice. In 1998 a new office was opened in Uckfield to provide an improved level of service to the increasing number of clients in that area.The practice now majors in the Wealden area.

Chris has over 30 years of experience of commercial property in Sussex. He is currently a fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents and of the Institute of Commercial & Business Agents.Chris has served as President of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce in 1991, 1994 and 1996. He is a former Vice-Chairman of Sussex Heritage Trust and former Chairman of their Property Awards Committee taking a keen interest in the property heritage of Sussex. In 2015 he rejoined Uckfield Chamber of Commerce Committee as a Vice President. He was elected as President again in 2018 and has remained President through 2019 and 2020. Stepping down in March 2021 he remains an Executive Committee member.

Mrs Julia Lawson BSc (Hons) - Partner

Julia Lawson


Following a career as a chartered patent agent with Frank B Dehn & Co in Brighton, together with a brief spell as an Uckfield retailer, Julia started the business with Chris in 1988. Julia now handles the property management administration of the practice together with general administration, I.T. and accounts. During the 1990s Julia was secretary of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce for some 5 years.

Claudia Grattarola BA(Hons) MCD MSc MRICS - Associate Partner

Claudia Grattarola BA(Hons) MCD MSc MRICS - Associate Partner
RICS Registered Valuer


Claudia is a Chartered Surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer. She joined the practice in February 2019 to head up the Professional Department. She has worked for 10 years in a variety of asset and property management roles. Much of this experience was gained at Intu Properties Plc, the UK’s largest shopping centre landlord, where she asset managed super-regional retail centres in London and the South East. Claudia’s career history also includes residential property management having previously worked for a mental health charity in Liverpool. 

Claudia initially set out to become a Chartered Town Planner after an undergraduate degree in Geography developed her strong interest in people and places. She completed a Masters in Civic Design (RTPI accredited). She retains a strong interest in Town Planning. However her career path evolved when she was sponsored by Intu to complete a Masters in Real Estate and qualify as a chartered commercial property surveyor. 

Claudia holds a shotgun licence and, outside of work, can be found taking her Labrador and 12 bore for walks in the countryside.

Garry Peltzer Dunn (Consultant Surveyor)

Garry Peltzer Dunn


Garry has been a consultant surveyor with the practice since 1989. He has over 35 years experience of Sussex commercial property. With this background, although no longer a member of the RICS, he is able to provide additional professional services whilst at the same time supporting the work of Chris, Julia, Claudia, Gillian and Steve.

Formerly a partner in a commercial and residential practice he also has over 10 years experience working in central London. He is a past leader of Hove Borough Council and is a councillor with Brighton & Hove Unitary Authority, including serving a term as mayor in 2008/09.

Steve Campbell BSc MNAEA (Comm)

Steve Campbell


Steve, joined the Firm in November 2014 as a trainee negotiator/surveyor. He is a local lad who lives in Uckfield and has a degree from Portsmouth University. From 2003 to 2010 he was member of Air Training Corp. rising through the ranks to Flight Sergeant and represented his Squadron as Standard Bearer on several occasions. He attended the Royal Air Force vocational experience programme and completed courses in communications, advanced leadership plus instructional & basic expedition leadership. In the Summer of 2014 he spent time in America as an outdoor recreational specialist counsellor teaching classes in camp craft and other outdoor survival techniques.

Steve assists in both the Agency and Professional/Management Departments. He has successfully completed a series of courses and exams and is now a fully qualified member of NAEA Commercial (formerly the Institute of Commercial Business Agents). He is also a qualified and licensed drone pilot and operates the Firm's drones able to carry out aerial surveys and produce high quality aerial photographs.

Miss Gillian Williamson

Gillian Williamson


Gillian joined the practice in January 2008 and, if you call the office, she is likely to be your initial point of contact. Gillian ensures she maintains a good general knowledge of the property we have available to let or for sale and ensures all enquiries and messages are directed to the appropriate person. Additionally she provides front end services for visitors to the office plus secretarial services.

The Canine Team

Lawson Commercial Canine Team

Toffee (Chocolate Labrador cross Husky)



Toffee joined the team when she was 9 months old and, having first assisted Barney as office bouncer, she received promotion to lead office bouncer. She is currently the lead canine team member and has "meet and greet" duties with particular responsibility for children.

Bryn (Spaniel cross Flat Coat Retriever)



Bryn is the old boy of the Team being 13 years old. He arrived with his brother Jet at the end of 2020 in a sorry state from Kit Wilson Animal Trust who had rescued them after several years of neglect. Sadly his brother only survived a few weeks but Bryn has come on, if not leaps and bounds, at least significantly to the handsome chap he now is. He tends to leave most office duties to the younger members but is still there ready for treats at 3pm from Steve Campbell whose job it is to dispense these each day.

Buzz & Annie (Springer Spaniels)

Buzz & Annie


Buzz and Annie are brother and sister who arrived in May 2021. They are a lively pair and unfortunately their previous owners, due to a change in personal circumstances, could not give them the attention they needed. They are settling well into their new duties including getting partners Chris & Julia up early in the morning for walks on the Forest together with Toffee and even Bryn. They love to welcome visitors to the Office.

Previous Canine Team Members

Cleo (Collie cross Husky)



Cleo joined when she was 3 months old and quickly formed a strong fan base due to her  very friendly nature and her characteristic  "husky howl". Unfortunately she developed an inoperable tumour and sadly is no longer with us having joined other previous retired canine team members in doggy heaven. We all miss her.


Previous canine team Bart, Barney and Muppet have now retired to Doggy Heaven.

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We are independent family partnership specialising in commercial estate agency, professional services and commercial property management in Sussex.