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Residential Valuation Team

Richard G. Alford BSc MRICS - Head of Expert Witness

Richard has over 20 years Post Qualification experience, primarily in the London area. He was formerly employed with Debenham Tewson (now DTZ) and subsequently with the Commission for New Towns. He has worked in London with Copping Joyce since 1987 and became an Equity Partner of the firm in 1993. Initially working in the Landlord & Tenant Department, he took charge of the firms' property management division which he ran until 2002.

His areas of expertise include the valuation of residential and commercial property, particularly in the property development sector. He also provides Expert Witness Reports in legal disputes including marital and Probate matters.

In 2002, with the division of Copping Joyce into two separate entities, the Estate Agency Group and the Surveying Group, he became joint senior partner of Copping Joyce Chartered Surveyors, with responsibility for the operations side of the firm.

His interests include foreign travel, football (he retains his position as the firm's goalkeeper), skiing and mountain walking.


Richard Alford MRICS

Senior Director - Head of Expert Witness

Tel: 020 7749 1040

Nichola Pughe - BSc (Hons) MRICS

Nichola Pughe joined Copping Joyce in 2013 after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Real Estate. She is now working towards becoming a chartered surveyor, specialising in commercial agency.


She is currently working in the commercial agency department acting on behalf of a range of clients including private landlords, tenants and property companies.


Nichola Pughe

Tel: 020 7749 1040

Robert Hughes MRICS

Robert became a Member of the RICS in 2008 and is a member of the Valuer Registration Scheme (VRS).

With over 7 years’ experience in undertaking a wide range of valuations for a broad spectrum of clients, Robert has developed advanced valuation knowledge and a wide client base.  During that period, Robert has undertaken Regulated Purpose Portfolio Valuations for a number of Financial Institutions and global Fund Managers whilst conducting secured lending valuations for a large number of real estate lenders.  Robert has experience in reporting across all sectors nationally whilst providing real estate management advice in order to enhance value.  Robert also has experience in Landlord & Tenant, Real Estate Management and Acquisitions.


Robert Hughes MRICS

Chartered Surveyor

Tel: 020 7749 1040

Darya Kolas BA Hons MSc MRICS

Darya  obtained a Master’s Degree in International Real Estate and Planning from UCL and, prior to it, graduated from the University of Westminster after studying Business Management – Finance and Financial Services. Darya has worked in numerous roles including Commercial Real Estate Investment and Development as well as Commercial Agency and is now working within Copping Joyce’s Lease Consultancy and Independent Expert departments.

020 7749 1056