Levy Real Estate has appointed Rob Smith as Head of Professional Services.

He formerly co-led the London Lease Advisory team at Avison Young, and has extensive experience of advising landlord and occupier clients with a particular focus on the Office and Industrial sectors.

Levy Managing Partner, Simon Higgins, commented: “Lease Advisory and related professional services consultancy has always been a cornerstone of our business.

“Rob is taking over from Paul Krendel who has led the team for more than 35 years and who – I’m delighted to report – will continue as a consultant to the business.

“Together with Lease Advisory Partner, John Carter, and Maggie Stobo – who joined us earlier this year to focus on Retail Lease Advisory consultancy – this gives us one of the strongest teams that encompasses these key London sectors.”

Commenting on his appointment, Rob Smith, said: “Levy Real Estate has a very strong reputation as a consultancy dealing with corporate real estate rent review, lease renewal and other advisory situations.

“In a rapidly changing property environment, frequently affected by new legislation, we have the ability to continually monitor all issues and give high quality, authoritative advice. Paul and the team have created a platform which provides great potential for future growth.”