About us

Robert Powell is an independent firm of Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents that was established in 1985. The company has gained an enviable reputation in Birmingham for its integrity and its high quality, impartial, confidential and professional property service. Perhaps best known for selling some of south Birmingham’s finest houses, our years of experience in the property market means that we are able to provide a full range of services, including: Residential Sales, Residential Lettings and Management, New Homes Sales, Property Acquisition, Land Disposal & Development Advice, Residential Valuations, Commercial Property Management, Rural Land and Estate Management.

Robert Powell’s deep roots in the Birmingham property industry date back to the early 1920’s. This vast experience has given us the knowledge, expertise and contacts to ensure that today we continue to provide an exceptional service to all of our clients. The company is made up of a diverse team of well educated and experienced individuals available to offer professional advice across a broad range of property related matters. Below is a brief introduction to who’s who within the practice:

Our Team

James Powell MRICS

James qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1999 having spent two years dealing in commercial agency and property management. He subsequently spent three years working for a national property development company acquiring and procuring development opportunities. He joined Robert Powell in January 2003 to head-up the residential sales team and some 10 years later he completed a management buyout of the business. Born and raised in Edgbaston, James has built up a strong local knowledge and a comprehensive network of contacts.

James Bowkett

James began his career with Andrew Grant Country Homes in Worcester in the early 1990's. He subsequently spent 11 years working in the Birmingham office of Knight Frank focussing on selling high-end properties in and around South Birmingham. On the back of his success at Knight Frank and with a loyal client base he set up Bowkett Briggs in Edgbaston, a boutique style estate agency that quickly flourished. In 2014 he joined Robert Powell as part of a merger between the two firms where his unrivalled experience and knowledge of the local market proves invaluable.

Rachel Ireland LL.B (Hons) MARLA
Director, Residential Lettings

Rachel helped to set up Robert Powell Residential Lettings Limited in 2001 and was instrumental in its rapid success. A graduate in law, Rachel has an intelligent and logical approach to dealing with problems which combines with her extensive knowledge of the local lettings market to make her a most valuable asset to the business.

Christine Williams LL.B (Hons)
Associate Director

Having previously been a partner in a city centre law firm, Christine joined Robert Powell as a full time sales negotiator in 1999. Whilst she no longer practices law, her legal background often proves useful when conveyancing issues arise, or when other legal problems threaten to hamper the sale or purchase of a property. An Edgbaston resident for most of her life, Christine is well connected in the area and her local knowledge is second to none.

Sunil Jaswal LL.B (Hons)
Associate Director

Sunil qualified as a Solicitor in 2008, before joining Robert Powell in 2013 to pursue his passion for property. Having acted as a solicitor for both residential and commercial property clients his legal background enables him to give valued on-the-ground assistance to both purchasers and vendors. Sunil now heads up the city centre office where he is able to use his enthusiasm and local knowledge to provide a high level of service to our clients.

Moira Ingram
Residential Lettings

Moira has been a key member of the Robert Powell team for over 20 years. Her role within the organisation has evolved over time, moving from administration and accounts to residential sales to new homes sales. After a brief spell away from the company, Moira returned to join the residential lettings team in 2010 where her broad skills and knowledge developed over the years are put to very good use.

Sarah Brannan
Lettings Negotiator

Sarah joined the residential lettings side in 2014 as an apprentice negotiator and through her good organisational skills and enthusiasm for the role she quickly became an indispensable member of the team. She has successfully completed an NVQ2 in Business Administration and is now commencing an NVQ3 in the same subject.

Robert Powell FRICS

Robert qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in the late 1960’s and specialised in the sale and purchase of private houses in the middle to top end of the Midlands market. As well as his extensive knowledge of the private house market, Robert is also an expert in land assembly, land acquisition and land disposal. He has acted for local and national developers, as well as individual landowners looking to maximise the value of their property holdings.