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

Experience

  • 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

Qualifications

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

Interests

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

The Leekes Retail and Leisure Group have substantial property assets within the group and have engaged Andrew West to appeal against rating assessments on these properties since 2010. We have consistently been impressed by Andrew's knowledge of the property market and his negotiating skills have been exceptional. Given Andrew's outstanding performance, we would not hesitate to recommend Andrew to any business large or small seeking to appeal their rates liabilities.

Mike Fowler, Group Finance Director, Leekes Group
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