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Savills swoops for Charcol top seller

Savills is recruiting Charcol&#39s top-earning consultant, its Cambridge branch director and the branch head of administration to set up an East Anglia office.

Former branch director Neil Walker and highest-earning consultant Chris Galpin are understood to be leaving Charcol&#39s Cambridge office and are set to join Savills within weeks.

Charcol, which is in last-ditch talks to keep Galpin has also this month lost Holborn branch manager Paul Young to multi-channel distribution operation Thinc Group.

Charcol, which has 200 advisers, says 2004 has been a good year for recruitment and it has 33 new advisers.

Launched in May 1997, Savills last August had a £25m war chest for acquisitions. Director Mark Harris says: “We are delighted to have the team on board and look forward to establishing our presence in east Anglia. We are of a size now to expand more rapidly through the acquisition of businesses or teams.”

Charcol public relations manager Alison Cooley says: “We cannot confirm or deny whether Chris is going as we have not concluded our negotiations with him yet. Paul had been with us a long time and wanted a new challenge and we wish him well.”

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