Jane Shankland  BSc, MRICS
Director, Business Rates

02920 346321

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About Jane

Jane Shankland is a Director providing business rate advice including business rate liability assessments, rate relief schemes, legislative changes, appeals submission, VOA negotiation and Valuation Tribunal representation.

Jane is a Director in the firm’s professional rating department, one of the foremost and largest in Wales. She provides specialist advice to commercial occupiers, assessing their business rate liabilities and evaluating rate reduction potential. She also advises a number of public sector clients including ten Welsh unitary authorities on rating issues for their operational portfolios. She is highly experienced in completing and submitting appeals, negotiating with the Valuation Officer, preparing and presenting cases at Valuation Tribunal. She also advises clients on the best way to mitigate empty property rates, and on rate relief schemes, legislative changes and rate exemption issues.

Jane has presented a number of seminars on non-domestic rates to business groups. Jane shares responsibility with fellow director Elizabeth Hill for overseeing our focus of activities on the public sector, especially in new business development.

Areas of Expertise


  • Business rate reduction for Cardiff University - £190,000, RV reduction
  • Business rate reduction for Bridgend County Borough Council - £76,000 RV reduction
  • Business rate reduction for Hutchings/Griffin Mill of 100% - £332,500 RV reduced to £0RV


  • BSc
  • Executive Committee Member IRRV South & West Wales Association
  • Member of Rating Surveyors’ Association Retail Committees in Wales
  • Past Chairman of RICS Wales matrics


Spending time with my family, walking my dog, cookery.

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group
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