James & Sons

People and property since 1873

About Us


James & Sons is a long established Firm of Chartered Surveyors and Valuers based in Poole and operating mainly in the Dorset and Hampshire region.

The Firm was established in 1873 and our reputation is based on a sound professional approach and extensive local knowledge.

Most of our clients are referred to us by recommendation and enjoy a wide range of services based on our pro-active approach and direct contact with members of the team.


James & Sons former office in Lower Parkstone ca. 1960 – Source Bournemouth Daily Echo Facebook page.

Core Values

As an RICS Regulated firm, James & Sons embrace the RICS Rules of Conduct. These rules form the core values of James & Sons and are summarised as follows:

  1. Be honest, act with integrity and comply with our professional obligations, including obligations to RICS.
  2. To maintain professional competence and ensure that services are provided by competent individuals who have the necessary expertise.
  3. To provide good-quality and diligent service.
  4. To treat others with respect and encourage diversity and inclusion.
  5. To act in the public interest, take responsibility for our actions and to prevent harm and maintain public confidence in the profession.

What is a Chartered Surveyor?

“In a complicated and expanding civilisation such as ours the status and character of the learned or scientific professions become matters of great consequence. The importance of high standards of technical efficiency is obvious: but even more important is the sense of professional honour and fidelity which springs from prolonged vocational training and a lively sense of corporate responsibility. To be a Chartered Surveyor is not merely an individual who has acquired certain knowledge and aptitude: it is to be a member of a body sustained by the comradeship of equals and with a collective dignity and authority. The ordinary citizen who wishes to develop his estate, be it large or small, must have the assurance that the advice he will receive from the surveyor he consults will not only be competent, but sincere and single-minded.”

The Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill, from his foreword to ‘The Chartered Surveyor: His Training & His Work’ (approx 1920’s / 1930’s). Published by The Chartered Surveyors Institution (which became the Royal Institution Chartered Surveyors in 1947)

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