Welcome to Linley & Simpson
Since we first opened our doors in 1997, we have helped more than 50,000 people move home across Yorkshire.
In fact, in the short time it takes you to read this sentence, it's likely that one of our team will be supporting someone, somewhere in Yorkshire, to make that move - as smoothly and quickly as possible.
Our team of over 250 staff, and the family of 22 branches, share the same mission:
Whether you're letting, buying, or selling your home, we will provide a first class service built on professionalism and trust, to ultimately make moving easy.
We give you this assurance by drawing upon this unparalleled expertise and the pool of talent that exists among our team. This ensures we can provide you, whatever your needs, with the very best customer experience in the property world.
And by embracing innovative technology; ensuring we are at the forefront of new ideas and thinking; and investing in the skills of our people, we strive to always be the best at what we do.
Linley & Simpson in the Community
Linley and Simpson are proud to be working closely with the communities in areas where our branches are based. The company offers support to local charities, schools and sports clubs with a particular focus on helping children.Our Community Work
Proud of our Yorkshire roots and values
This has been the hallmark of our service since founding directors Will Linley and Nick Simpson launched our 'home grown', independent Yorkshire agency more than 20 years ago.
We did so with just two offices in Leeds - Horsforth and Oakwood - and initially focused solely on lettings. But as demand for our services grew, other branches soon followed - and so did our own move into residential sales.
This planned programme of growth saw us expanding first into Harrogate and then Wetherby, Leeds city centre, Wakefield, York, Ilkley, Ripon, Saltaire, Chapel Allerton and Pudsey, and most recently into East Yorkshire where we now have Hull and Beverley branches. We recently joined forces with Dale Eddison in the Wharfe Valley to further enhance our service to our customers in Otley, Guiseley and Skipton. The Dale Eddison name will continue in these locations and Ilkley for sales.
This network of offices now extends the length and breadth of North, East, South and West Yorkshire, covering the most sought-after places to live.
We offer all types of property including studio flats, luxury apartments, conversions, cottages, terraced houses, townhouses, semi-detached and substantial executive detached houses with rentals ranging from £400 pcm to £4,000-plus pcm; and sale prices between £49,950 to £2.6m.
Our high-profile shopfront premises; contemporary image and design; familiar To Let and For Sale boards; hugely successful website; and personal recommendation combine to ensure that we attract plenty of potential tenants and buyers who can be confident that they are dealing with a reputable agent.
Launching added dimensions to our services
It has also been a natural progression for us not just to extend our expertise into new cities, towns and villages across Yorkshire – but into new services as well.
To ensure we could meet all the needs of our clients, we successfully launched a residential sales department with the aim of bringing our high levels of customer service and results into this sector too.
We have also added a further dimension to our core services by supporting developers through the setting up of a division specialising in new homes and land acquisition.
Spearheaded by David Waddington and Greg Smallwood, and with its own purpose-designed digital showroom that brings projects to life, the team is fast becoming the go-to specialist in a sector that is witnessing a resurgence here in Yorkshire.
Investing in innovation - and staff
Throughout every part of our company, we are determined to deliver a top quality service to all our clients.
We are continually re-investing in the latest ideas, people, systems and software to ensure that we remain the leader in both the letting and sales markets.
We build trust with our customers through a professional and fair approach that makes moving as easy as possible.
There are no shortage of examples – from breaking new ground in the sector by introducing our popular Live Chat service; to appointing dedicated Move Makers to guide you through – and speed up – the homebuying process.
In addition to our highly-committed lettings and sales teams at each individual location, we have the benefit of a centralised accounts office, based in Leeds and headed by our Accounts Manager Lynne Taylor.
We also have dedicated property managers, a tenancy renewals team and a tenant referencing team. Internal standards are also continually monitored by our in-house operations team.
Multi award-winning services
Our journey to becoming one of Yorkshire's leading estate and letting agents has been marked by a clutch of awards for our customer service. This includes being named 2016 Estate Agency of the Year in the first year we entered the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards, run in conjunction with the Yorkshire Post.
Our family have branches has also picked up a number of accolades in the British Property Awards - four of our branches were recognised in the 2017 awards and seven collected awards in 2018-2019 with Ripon, Shipley and Wakefield being identified as Gold winners. 2021 saw eight of our branches win gold with City, Hull, Pudsey, Horsforth, Ripon, Roundhay, Harrogate and Skipton all taking the top prize.
2018 also saw us crowned 'Community Champion of the Year' at The Negotiator Awards and named winners of the 'Contributing to the Community' category in the Yorkshire Business Masters. This followed on from a win at the Agents Giving Awards the previous year where we were selected as winners for the 'Best Corporate Social Responsibility' campaign in the Fundraising Champions Awards.
Ultimate peace of mind
For ultimate reassurance, we are members of ARLA (the Association of Residential Letting Agents), TDS (The Dispute Service) TPO (The Property Ombudsman for Lettings) and were a founder member of the SAFEagent scheme. We are also members of the National Association of Estate Agents.
This means that we are fully accountable for our service levels; our systems are regulated; and all client money is fully protected giving you complete peace of mind.
We are proud to be providing our clients and customers the best service. It's also a great privilage to be recognised for these efforts.
Working at Linley & Simpson
We recognise that the key to our success is our people and that it is the skills of our staff which set us apart from our competitors. We aim to be a 'first class' employer offering a 'first class' service to our customers.
With more than 250 staff working across our branches, we are committed to providing a work environment that enables our staff to have a positive experience at work.Read More
In addition to excellent career opportunities and competitive salaries, our employees are also rewarded for their hard work with perks such as:
- Individual and team outstanding performance awards
- Job specific incentives and rewards
- Performance related commission
Employment at Linley & Simpson
“I am extremely proud of the people we have working for L&S. After all these years in business, nothing gives me more satisfaction than to see our people progressing through the ranks and fulfilling their career aspirations. Indeed we have many who have joined us initially as newcomers to the industry, who are now in senior management roles within the company.
Our success is down to our staff and I am acutely aware that we will only get the best out of our staff by giving them the tools and support to enable them to thrive in the workplace. For this reason we put a lot of focus into ensuring that we are providing a rewarding, caring and enjoyable environment, where employees can flourish in their chosen career.”
Will Linley, Founder
Meet our people
Will Linley - Founder
“Harrogate born and bred, and the son of a Leeds estate agent, I went straight into estate agency after leaving school in 1985 and, after a brief period in sales, was assigned the task of developing a lettings department across a network of Leeds branches.
After a somewhat shaky start and a very steep learning curve, it soon became apparent that lettings was in my blood and over the next few years I developed a substantial lettings department for my then employer. I later went on to gain promotion to regional manager, looking after 21 letting branches across the north east.
It was during this time that I worked alongside Nick Simpson and we made our decision to go it alone. From humble beginnings in 1997 we never looked back and I continue to thoroughly enjoy the ever changing challenges associated with running a letting agency.”
Nick Simpson - CEO
“Born and educated in Ilkley, I went on to spend four years in Newcastle gaining a degree in Estate Management before returning to work in Leeds for a corporate property chain.
This was where, in 1992, I first met Will Linley and we worked together for five years before setting up Linley and Simpson in September 1997 at the beginning of the Buy to Let boom. We have fond memories of those fourteen hour days spent decorating our first office in Oakwood!”
Martin Elliott - CFO
“The first 5 years of my career were spent in Audit at accountancy firms in Bradford and Leeds, before moving into industry in 2006. Having spent 2 years in manufacturing, followed by 4 years in the hospitality industry as Group Financial Controller, I made the move to Linley & Simpson in 2011, becoming Finance Director in 2015 and joining the Board in 2018. I qualified with CIMA in 2010 and completed a Master’s Degree in Strategic Business Management in 2015.
Outside of work, almost all my time is spent with my two young children, Zac and Esmé, although I do try to find time to cycle, run and go to the gym whenever I can!”
Lynne Taylor - Accounts manager / Associate director
“Following the birth of my first daughter Rebecca, I started working part time in the accounts department for a local property management company where I first met Will and Nick, and later joined them at Linley and Simpson in 1998 following the birth of my second daughter Hannah and have now worked for the company for over 16 years.
Out of work I enjoy going out and socialising with family and friends. I am also a keen swimmer, taking part in several open water swims for charity, I also compete in triathlons, with my ultimate goal to complete an Iron Man but I may have to settle for ½ an Iron Man for now.”
David Waddington - Land & New Homes Director
“David's working life since the early 1980's has always been associated with property in various guises. This initially included estate agency for over 15 years and a similar period of time at Director/Senior Management level of many leading house building companies. Highlights have included being a director of Crosby Homes for nearly ten years, simultaneously for a period of 5 years he was a director of Berkeley Clarence Dock Company Limited and responsible for the sales and marketing activities and other associated duties for the Clarence Dock Development, Leeds which covered over 1 Million Square Feet.
Having always worked within the North of the country he has personally been involved in the changing skyline of many northern centres with iconic high rise development extending to over 2000 properties. Furthermore he has been involved in "leafy lane" housing in the form of some of the largest executive homes in the region whilst not losing sight of the importance of affordable and more cost efficient housing of all types.
David has a keen desire to assist experienced and novice developers alike to ensure a creative use of house design, mix and density to ensure viable, profitable development.”
David Mear – Head of Lettings
“I was born and raised in Surrey and, after gaining a Diploma in Business and Finance at the University of Central England, the early part of my career was in Area and Regional sales roles for non-property related businesses. A change of path took me to live in Spain where I fell into property sales and lettings. Soon after I set up my own lettings agent over there which I owned for 10 years before I sold it in 2013 to make the move to Yorkshire. That company is still letting property in the sun today!
Recruited by Will Linley and Nick Simpson initially as Branch Manager of the Horsforth branch I progressed over the years to become firstly Area Lettings Manage, and then latterly Head of Lettings.
With my family and three children all settled in Yorkshire either at work or at school, I do now consider myself to be an honorary Yorkshireman (though maybe don’t mention that to the rest of my family down south!).”
Brad Ogden – Head of Sales
“I started my career in an estate agency as a negotiator in my hometown of Leeds in 2005, progressing to be Branch Manager of Ossett and then Morley, before being promoted into an Area Management in 2013. After a further 7 years of working in Regional roles for the same national agent, I decided it was time to take up a new challenge in this ambitious Yorkshire based company – Linley & Simpson.”
Luke Gibson - Head of central maintenance
“I started my property career working for a landlord who had amassed a large portfolio of properties and then set up a letting agents dealing predominantly with the student population. Again I plied my trade here by being involved in all aspects of the company from looking for properties to buy for development, lettings, maintenance and helping develop the business into a healthy company that is trusted by Unipol and the student unions of Leeds. After 7 years with the company I decided it was time to move on and further my career.
I started my Linley & Simpson career as a property manager for the Harrogate branch, where I was able to earn the trust of many landlords. As the office grew the personnel grew and I became a Senior Property Manager before being given the opportunity to head up our new central maintenance department - I currently have a team of 9 including myself and we cover the maintenance issues for about 2500 properties dealing with an average of 8000 repairs per year.”