Rhian Howells  MA (Oxon), MSc, MRICS, FAAV
Associate, Land Agency

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About Rhian

Rhian is an Associate with the Land Agency team dealing with property management, agency, lease advisory and utility work.

Rhian is an Associate within the firm's Rural department, working for a variety of private and public sector clients across South Wales including The Crown Estate, Merthyr Mawr Estate and The Representative Body of the Church in Wales.

Her responsibilities include:

  • Estate management: including landlord & tenants matters such as rent reviews and lease renewals;
  • Land agency: managing rural property lettings, sales and marketing;
  • Rural professional services: advising on negotiation of easements, utilities and compulsory purchase, and a variety of other topical matters;
  • Valuation: Red Book and other valuations for a variety of clients and purposes.

Areas of Expertise

Experience

  • Day to day management of a number of rural estates.
  • Advising landlords on leasehold enfranchisement valuations.
  • Acting for The Crown Estate in the management of its marine and coastal portfolio in South Wales.
  • Associate Solicitor (Real Estate) with Taylor Wessing LLP, London, specialising in commercial property investment and management work.

Qualifications

  • MRICS
  • FAAV / RICS registered valuer
  • MSc Rural Land and Business Management
  • PGDip Law
  • MA (Oxon) Geography

Interests

Rhian enjoys a variety of sports activities, including netball and charity runs. She loves travelling whenever possible: whether it’s hiking in West Wales, backpacking in the tropics, or relaxing on the beach in the Med!

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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