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Local knowledge delivered with expertise across the country

A company of values since 1884

Operating from offices in Sheffield and Barnsley, our team of property specialists combine knowledge and expertise to provide independent and impartial advice that perfectly aligns property solutions to our client’s financial and operational needs.

We aim to deliver value to our clients by making the most of our collective expertise, experience, and passion for real estate. 

SMC Brownill Vickers ​is proud to be a member of The Commercial Property Network.​

Established over 50 years ago, The CPN is a collective of 30 privately owned commercial property firms with national coverage. Through our access to the network, we can offer our clients the benefit of detailed local insight and experience from across the UK.

<emOur History


Brownill Vickers joined forces with SMC Chartered Surveyors to create one of the most respected and largest independent Chartered Surveyors practices in South Yorkshire. The merged firms will trade as SMC Brownill Vickers.


Over the course of the past 30 plus years, the work undertaken by Brownill Vickers has evolved significantly. Whilst maintaining a substantial stake in the ever-changing licensed property industry, the firm has considerably expanded its General Practice capacity. This has included the opening of a second Brownill Vickers office, located in Barnsley, following the acquisition of the reputable and well-established Stanhope Property Consultancy.


For some years, J.H. Hartle & Sons and Brownill Spencer & Fleetwood were the only firms of specialist licensed property valuers in the region and competition became intense. In 1989, however, the firms merged to become Brownill Vickers.


in 1965, following the retirement of Noel Hartle, the firm became known as Hartle Sons & Vickers. The business was fast expanding into general, commercial and residential property.


By 1947, Leslie Vickers had become a partner at J.H. Hartle & Sons.


In 1942, A.E. Wilby & Son of Barnsley took over the practice when Charles Webster died whilst Jonty was serving in the RAF in North Africa. On his return from the war, Jonty eventually managed to buy back the business.

Death of William

Upon his death, the business owned by William Brownill was left to his partner Charles Webster and his son John Brownill (more commonly known as Jonty). The firm then became known as Brownill & Webster.


In 1924, J.H. Hartle & Sons took on Leslie Vickers who was just 14 years old at the time.

First World War

Joseph Hartle was tragically killed during the First World War and his records and files were sold to William Brownill. However, the Hartle name did not end with Joseph as his two sons, Noel and Joseph Junior went on to set up J.H. Hartle & Sons, acting in direct competition with William Brownill.


In 1884, a surveyor and auctioneer by the name of William Brownill established his business at 82 Queen Street in the heart of Sheffield. More than 135 years later, the same firm still occupies premises at the very same address.

We aim to create long lasting relationships with our clients and the length of our association and friendships formed over the years is testament to the service and advice provided by the team

Robin Curtis, Director

Meet the team

Our expert team of property professionals are proud to provide informed, impartial and independent advice that is fully accountable and which brings confidence to all of our clients and associates.