Business Rating

At Walton Goodland our aim is simple; to help businesses manage their Business Rates and minimise ongoing liability.

We seek to ensure that our clients’ liability is as low as possible at the start of each new revaluation cycle. We then lower this liability through appeal where the assessment remains unreasonable. We ensure that we act on every opportunity to secure further savings so that the total liability paid in any revaluation period is the lowest possible. Managing Business Rates liability effectively requires a depth of service and customer responsiveness beyond that traditionally offered. We are committed to maintaining an expert team capable of challenging and winning disputes. We specialise in managing the rate liability for large and small portfolios across multiple sectors as well as large specialist single sites. Our rating clients include leading operators in specialised business sectors, who trust us to manage their Business Rate liability because we perform by delivering savings time and again. We advise a wide variety of clients, from Plcs with large portfolios of property to small individual business. Our wide client base enables us to deal with city offices, industrials and retail complexes. Our particular specialisms include Livestock Markets, Abattoirs, Leisure and Licensed properties, Schools and Colleges. Rates advice is highly cost effective, and no charge is made until our advice is completed. We can also provide non-contingency fee consultancy advice at fixed rates where the client so requires. The 2005 revaluation is now fully timetabled and the legislative changes introduced by the Local Government Act 2003 have been implemented. We are now advising businesses on how best to prepare for the impact of the new Rate List and will be pleased to discuss how we can help you manage Business Rates and minimise liability.

What Can We Do?

Appeals. Advice on and submission of valid appeals against Valuation Office Agency / Assessors assessments. Negotiations. Negotiations with the Valuation Office Agency, Scottish Assessors and local billing authorities. Litigation. Expert Witness appearances as necessary at Valuation Tribunal and Land Tribunal. Refunds and Interest. Rates refunds and tracking and advice on interest due on Rates overpayments. Release and Exemptions. Strategic advice on portfolio occupation management, including empty rates and available release and exemptions to both landlords and tenants. Skills summary. Qualified advice provided by RICS and IRRV qualified surveyors with in excess of 15 years experience in the Rating field. Rent returns. Completion of Notices requiring a return of rental information for Rating purposes. Budgeting. Provision of Rates forecasts for budgeting purposes. Rates Management. Advice on complex transitional arrangements, checking and authorisation of Rates demands. Investigation. Search, retrieval and analysis of Valuation Office Agency Rating assessments, surveys, professional measured rating surveys to RICS Measuring Practice Guidelines. Please contact Deborah Goodland direct using the e-mail links below: Deborah Goodland BCs (Hons) FRICS IRRV Tel: 01228 514 199 E-mail: