About Gazeal

Gazeal is transforming the way people buy and sell property. By speeding up the exchange and binding parties together, we offer peace of mind from first offer to final exchange.

About Gazeal

The Gazeal story

Gazeal Ltd is an established UK company, formerly Arquebus Ltd. The business has expertise spanning insurance, property law and technology; having developed specialist products in this market since 2008.

On securing new investment, the business has directed itself at one of the most complex and painful problems in the UK’s property market. Our mission is to dramatically simplify buying and selling a house in England & Wales – working with agents and conveyancers to eliminate gazumping and agreed house deals falling through.

Winner of PropTech Company of the year 2017, Gazeal is committed to making buying or selling a house simple for everyone. We work with Agents, Developers and Conveyancers across England & Wales in delivering this new service.

"The Gazeal process was a revelation! The whole process was quick and easy and I was kept informed at every stage using my online portal. It takes the uncertainty and stress away."

Jane Haggerty

The problem

The legal position of a house Buyer and Seller between offer and exchange of contracts is often exploited. It can take up to 18 weeks to complete, which leaves good people at high risk. Our new service fixes this uncertainty. Once both parties agree to a deal, it is enforceable in law, so no one can back out.

Our solution

The solution we have created involves a 3-party contract (committing Buyer-Seller to an agreed deal), Title Escrow service, digital Title verification (using the latest technology), and Title Indemnity Insurance. It offers Buyers and Sellers certainty. When you’re ready to buy or sell a house, ask your agent to Gazeal the deal.

The team

Gazeal Team

Duncan Samuel

Founder & CEO

Expert entrepreneur and solicitor, with experience in the property services market and the application of IT and workflow process to professional services.

  • Partner in Ritchie Samuel (Solicitors)
  • Founder and Principal of Duncan Samuel Solicitors
  • Founder and Partner in Brunels (Solicitors)
  • Founder and Managing Director of LawVoice (will writing software)
  • Founder and Managing Director of Convex (volume conveyancing)
  • Founder and Managing Director of Gazeal (property related workflow process IT solutions).
Gazeal Team

John Halpin

Commercial Director

Solicitor, with dual qualification in the UK and Ireland, John is equipped with general commercial experience outside the practice of the law. This includes experience in the application of insurance to entrepreneurial products, and the professional and compliance implications regarding the FCA, SRA and Law Society.

Gazeal Team

Bully Rai

Chief Technology Officer

Bully obtained his law degree and Legal Practice Diploma in the late 90s before working as a paralegal from 2000. From October 2002 he worked as an Associate Property Lawyer with Countrywide Property Lawyers, where he was responsible for the administration of their case processing IT systems. Bully originally joined the Convex team in 2004, when he took control of the conveyancing case processing team and IT infrastructure. On transferring to Gazeal he took over responsibility for IT systems and development.

Gazeal Team

Steve Dawkins

Sales & Digital Marketing Director

Steve spent almost a decade working in Investment Banking and then left the City to move into media. He was the Sales Director for the launch of Real Estate TV, the world’s first dedicated property television channel, broadcasting on the Sky network in the UK and across Europe. Fox International Channels acquired a majority stake in the channel in 2008 and promoted Steve to the position of Managing Director, making him one of the youngest MDs within the group at the time.

Steve then helped to launch and manage a real estate and financial investment brokerage focusing on mainland China, HK and SE Asia and worked on other start-up initiatives including Global Property TV with the Entertainment Media Group and Canis Media, one of the UK’s leading broadcast media consultancies.

Gazeal Team

Bryan Mansell

 

Bryan has spent over 3 decades working within the UK property market. Holding senior positions such as Director for Foxtons, Managing Director at various brands within Countrywide and Your Move (LSL) In addition also working on the board of GPEA owners of Fine & Country and The Guild of Professional Estate Agents a licensing and membership organisation with over a 1000 estate agency businesses.

Gazeal Team

Lorraine Richardson

Head of Legal Professional Practice

Lorraine Richardson M. A. (Cantab) is an experienced property solicitor who has practice and teaching experience. In addition to running a branch office and being a partner, Lorraine was the COLP for her firm. She also teaches and designs and delivers property and legal skills related courses, on line materials and webinars. Lorraine has developed a skill for writing and delivering webinars and aims to produce work that is both interesting and accessible for the viewer.

Lorraine has a particular expertise in Quality Assurance Procedures for training courses and assessments. At the College of Law, Lorraine managed the very successful Higher Rights of Audience programme. She was responsible for dealing with all academic and assessment issues; arranging and chairing Assessment Board meetings and preparing minutes; commissioning new assessments; ensuring the integrity of assessment processes (both written and advocacy) and reviewing all assessment results.

Lorraine is a co-editor of the popular and practical Law Society publication ‘Conveyancing Forms and Procedures’ and is the major contributor to the monthly update journal for solicitors, the ‘Practical Lawyer.’

Gazeal Team

Al Chetwode

Al is an experienced software entrepreneur, with well-developed skills in strategic planning and management, and a proven track record of helping technology companies build and grow market-leading platforms. Since graduating with a BSc Hons Degree in Computer Science (specialising in artificial intelligence) from Exeter University, Al has spent his career working and investing in early and mid-stage software and tech businesses. Al started his career in Madrid working for a credit card transaction software company for three years, subsequently moving to London, where he was a founder-director of Rave Technologies, which was subsequently sold to its largest client in 2002. Since then he has invested in and exited successfully three further technology businesses in a variety of diverse verticals.

Gazeal Team

Paige Hall

Senior Account Manager

Paige had over seven years experience in Property Management and Customer Service before finding a natural flair for Sales Progression in Estate Agency, building relationships with her clients and supporting them every step of the way until a sale completed.

Having a keen interest in the conveyancing process, Paige has decided to take the leap in to Property Tech with Gazeal to expand on her current expertise.

Gazeal Team

Lera Noskova

Account Manager

Lera brings with her 5 years of property experience, having specialised as a broker for New Homes across London. There she was focused on providing exceptional customer service for her clients whilst successfully managing a portfolio of over 300 properties. She has also worked with various property developers with whom she was able to sustain long-term relationships.

She is currently undertaking a part-time law degree at University of London and has recently completed an internship at an international law firm.

Speak to us today

Contact the Gazeal Customer Support team on +44 (0)207 760 7582 or email us at info@gazeal.co.uk

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