Ben Marshall follows in a long line of auctioneers both within his family and the firm. His Great Grandfather was an auctioneer in Birmingham and his Father has been a livestock and property auctioneer, now retired. The firm’s reputation is built upon a generation of auctioneers including the late Peter and Tim Woolley, John Woolley, Richard Sharland and Paul Viney. However it was the late Guy Jessop, the former Residential Partner in Salisbury that set the benchmark for property auctions, so many of which were held in the Red Lion Hotel off the Market Square in Salisbury. It is not uncommon for Ben to ask his fellow partner John Woolley what Guy would have done when a difficult situation arises.
“I have received many useful words of advice over the years but first and foremost the Auctioneer has a duty of care to not just the Vendor but also the Buyer. They can be very nervous and a good auctioneer will put them at their ease and help them along. It is also so important to remain calm and not to become flustered even when the unexpected occurs. However I will never forget on the occasion of my first auction when the then senior partner Willi Verdon Smith asked if I had forgotten to wear my brown trousers and just as I began heckled me from the back of the room urging me to speak up!”