Michael Lawley  BSc, DUniv, FRICS, MCIArb
Chairman, Development Land; Property Valuation

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About Michael

Michael Lawley is Chairman of Cooke & Arkwright and as well as his business management role advises clients in Wales and England on major residentially-led development proposals.

Michael joined Cooke & Arkwright in 1981. He became a Director in 1988, Managing Director in 1999 and Chairman in 2011. He has an active role in the development and running of the business and also provides leading consultancy advice on development proposals, and strategic land matters for a range of private and public sector clients across Wales and England. Michael has a comprehensive knowledge of property gained in his long career and has a wealth of experience in dealing with major development schemes. He is currently advising on sites across Cardiff, South Wales and the south of England.

Areas of Expertise

Experience

  • Advisor to landowners on promotion and delivery of 7,000 unit residential development at Plasdwr in North West Cardiff
  • Advisor in the past to Cardiff Bay Development Corporation over the period of its life  and ABP/WDA on the Barry Waterfront Joint Initiative
  • Advisor to landowners on promotion and delivery of 2,000 unit residential development at Sandleford Park in south Newbury.

Qualifications

  • BSc
  • DUniv
  • FRICS
  • MCIArb
  • Fellow of the RICS
  • RICS Registered Valuer
  • Holder of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Wales
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Interests

Mike enjoys walking and cycling, and watching a wide variety of team sports. He is a stoic season ticket holder at Cardiff Blues. He likes gardening, reading and quality music of all types.

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group
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