Company Profile


Established some 20 years ago, Williams & Donovan has over the past two decades firmly established itself as one of the most successful – and, equally importantly, most respected - independent Estate and Letting Agents in South East Essex.

We opened our first branch in Hockley in 1999, adding a dedicated Lettings and Property Management office just across the road 5 years later. In 2014, we opened our Benfleet sales and lettings office.

Williams & Donovan provide award-winning sales and lettings, complemented by property management and financial services. We not only offer properties for sale and to let in Benfleet and Hockley, but also cover most other areas in South East Essex including Ashingdon, Rochford, Thundersley, Hadleigh, Bowers Gifford, Canvey Island, Pitsea, Basildon, Leigh-on- Sea, Westcliff-on- Sea, Southend-on- Sea, Thorpe Bay, and Shoeburyness. In postcode terms, that means SS4, SS5, SS6, SS7 and SS8 - and beyond.

We are proud to be traditional independent High Street agents. What do we mean by independent? Simply that we are not part of some big, faceless corporation. The firm was founded and is still owned by lifelong friends Ian Williams and Colin Donovan, both of whom grew up in the area. As such, they – and every member of our team - have a very direct personal stake in ensuring that the services we offer are always of the highest possible quality.

Here at Williams & Donovan, we know there is a lot more to successfully selling or letting your home than simply listing it on the Internet and waiting for the offers to roll in. As traditional, full-service agents, we adopt a dynamic and highly proactive approach from Day 1, leaving no stone unturned to achieve a satisfactory result for our clients. Rather than utilising a simple "one size fits all" approach, our marketing campaigns are tailored precisely to meet individual objectives and timescales, and our friendly staff are on hand to provide updates, expert advice and support at every stage of the process.

Finally, as ultimate proof of our commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards at all times, Williams & Donovan not only belong to the Property Ombudsman Scheme, but Ian, Colin and other key staff are also members of the industry’s foremost professional body, the National Association of Estate Agents.