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 and most recently, kayaking.

Cooke & Arkwright has advised Network Rail on a wide variety of development sites in South Wales from Mon Bank in Newport to Radyr Sidings in Cardiff. They bring a high level of commitment, technical expertise and knowledge to the successful disposal of complicated development sites."

Stuart Kirkwood, Development Director, Network Rail
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