Rating team success with Welsh Local Authorities bucks trend

Almost three-quarters of challenges result in a reduction

24 November 2016

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Over one million challenges against the 2010 local non-domestic rating list in England and Wales had been received by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) by 30 September 2016, according to the latest statistical figures released by the agency on 16th November. Of the 1.04 million challenges resolved (around 73%), only 29% (220,000) had resulted in a change to the appellant’s rating list, while 71% (544,000) had been unsuccessful.

In contrast, recent analysis conducted by Cooke & Arkwright’s specialist Business Rate Department revealed a much higher success rate for appeals conducted on behalf of eight Welsh local authorities.  The figures showed that of the total of 2010 list appeals conducted by the team on behalf of these clients, 72.38% had brought about an agreed reduction.

Associate Director, Jane Shankland comments, “Our success rate in representing our Welsh local authority clients is probably unparalleled and completely reverses the trend reported by the VOA, where almost three-quarters of challenges met with no success. We believe this is a reflection of the robust, highly professional and vigorous approach to negotiations adopted by the rating team here at Cooke & Arkwright.”

Mansford has expanded its investment portfolio over the last few years. Over this time Andrew West has provided us with a full rating valuation service which has involved giving a view on liabilities prior to acquisitions, as well as conducting negotiations with Valuation Officers on our UK estate. The portfolio includes a wide range of properties from shops, offices and pubs to major leisure schemes. He has been particularly successful in mitigating our liabilities to empty property rate, which has been an issue on acquisition prior to implementing our development and letting strategy. I have no hesitation in recommending Andrew's expertise in rating valuation for all property types. The profile of property within his portfolio and the successes achieved are testament to his position as an extremely accomplished rating practitioner.

Leopold Hall, Partner, Mansford LLP