Senior Partner

Paul Dwyer, DipVal FHKIS MRICS

Paul Dwyer is the founder of Dwyer Lynch & Co.  He is responsible for providing strategic leadership and enhancing relationships with clients, as well as advising other team members in major complex cases.

He is a Fellow of the HKIS (GP Division) and a Member of the RICS (Valuation & Commercial Faculties).  His family has been in Hong Kong since the 1960’s, where he was born and raised until he went back to the UK for his education.  He has been working as a surveyor and agent since the mid-1980s with over 30 years  in the agency and valuation services of Hong Kong where he has lived since 1989.  He also has considerable experience in the UK as well as Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Work Experience

He is one of the few senior surveyors in Hong Kong to be equally proficient in the agency and valuation sides of the profession, having been Director & Head of both Valuation and Agency Departments of leading international property consultancy firms in Hong Kong during his career prior to opening Dwyer & Co in 2003 (which subsequently became Dwyer Lynch & Co in January 2016).

His flexibility and intimate knowledge of the markets from differing perspectives is also illustrated by the fact that on his return to Hong Kong in the later 1980’s, he was one of the pioneers who started Tenant Representation services in Hong Kong in which he first made his name acting on behalf of many of the world’s leading companies.  Thereafter, when he founded Dwyer & Co in the early 2000s, he successfully pioneered Landlord Representation services and advises many of the larger developers and landlords of office and retail premises in Hong Kong.

As a consequence, he is uniquely privileged for having acted across all commercial user categories (office, retail, F&B, warehouse/logistics), both as an agent in new lettings and/or as a valuation consultant for both landlords and tenants in major cases (with the exception of warehousing/logistics in which he has acted as lead adviser in a major arbitration case for the tenant, but has not acted for a landlord and/or done a major new letting).  It is this track record, his depth and breadth of expertise and experience at the top of and across all the commercial property markets on which his reputation is based and why he is appointed as an adviser on a wide range of property matters whether or not such fall within his specialisms.

Notwithstanding his credentials as a true General Practice Surveyor, his preferred areas of practice are in the fields of agency, advocacy, tenancy administration/asset management, leasehold valuations, rent review and lease renewal for commercial properties.  In these fields, he is generally accepted within the profession as being a leading expert in Hong Kong due to his wide experience.  For this reason, he acts in many of the larger cases in Hong Kong as a valuation consultant, adviser, independent expert, arbitrator or representing parties in adversarial or dispute resolution proceedings.  He is well regarded in the valuation, agency and legal communities for his negotiation skills, valuation abilities, legal knowledge; and he employs a hybrid valuation/case law approach to his work.

Publications & Appointment

He previously sat on the RICS’ HK’s Valuation Faculty board and he is on the HKIS List of Independent Experts for Commercial Property Disputes.

Mr Dwyer is the Joint Author (with Ms Hilary Cordell of Cordells Solicitors and Mr Gordon Moffoot of Chesterton Petty) of the HKIS’ First Edition ‘Guidance Notes – Surveyors Acting as Independent Experts in Commercial Property Disputes’; Joint Author (with his partner Mr Simon Lynch) of the RICS’ First Edition ‘Guidance Notes – Analysis of Commercial Leasing Transactions in Hong Kong’; and the Joint Author (with Ms Hilary Cordell of Cordells Solicitors, his partner Mr Lynch and two other Surveyors) for the new HKIS & RICS’ First Edition ‘Joint Guidance Notes – Surveyors Acting as Independent Experts in Commercial Property Disputes’  which is jointly adopted by the HKIS and RICS to cover all work done by Independent Experts from the two bodies.  A Guidance Note is intended to embody ‘best practice’; that is, procedures, which, in the opinion of the RICS and HKIS, meet a high standard of professional competence.

Recent Successes

He is on the HKIS List of Independent Experts and Arbitrators and is one of only six surveyors to have been admitted to the RICS’ Valuation Dispute Resolution Panel of Independent Experts and Arbitrators for Asia.

Mr Dwyer is the Joint Author (with Ms Hilary Cordell of Cordells Solicitors and Mr Gordon Moffoot of Chesterton Petty) of the HKIS’ First Edition ‘Guidance Notes – Surveyors Acting as Independent Experts in Commercial Property Disputes’; Joint Author (with his partner Mr Simon Lynch) of the RICS’ First Edition ‘Guidance Notes – Analysis of Commercial Leasing Transactions in Hong Kong’; and the Joint Author (with Ms Hilary Cordell of Cordell’s Solicitors, his partner Mr Lynch and two other Surveyors) for the new HKIS & RICS’ First Edition ‘Joint Guidance Notes – Surveyors Acting as Independent Experts in Commercial Property Disputes’ which is jointly adopted by the HKIS and RICS to cover all work done by Independent Experts from the two bodies.  A Guidance Note is intended to embody ‘best practice’; that is procedures which, in the opinion of the RICS and HKIS, meet a high standard of professional competence.

Paul has been retained on an annual basis as the expert surveyor providing rent review, on-going advice and strategic consultancy services for institutional landlords in relation to their portfolios in Asia.  He has also acted for a number of other landlord companies on major projects and disputes, as well as for tenant clients.

Areas of Expertise

  • Rental valuations for office, F&B and retail accommodation
  • Landlord and Tenant matters for office and retail premises
  • Independent Expert
  • Tenancy Administration / Asset Management
  • Advocacy / Strategy
  • Retail, F&B and Office Agency

Education, Memberships and Awards

  • Fellow of The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (FHKIS)
  • Member of The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
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