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Business rates relief is welcome – but is the Chancellor closing the stable door after the horse has bolted?

The burden of business rates has often been cited as one of the main reasons why smaller retailers are struggling to balance their books. Empty premises on high streets have become one of the defining images of 2018.
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Colin Hunter | Divisional Director - Rating | Leeds
A major shift in business rates valuation for museums

Colin Hunter talks about the recent Upper Tribunal hearing in which it was determined that museums should be valued on a net income basis for business rates purposes, rather than rebuild costs.

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Business rates shock for shopping centre owners

A new aggressive approach by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is leaving hundreds of shopping centre owners facing an unexpected increase in their business rates bills.Read more

Colin Hunter
Supreme Court ruling will have major financial consequences for business occupiers

Following the case of Woolway (Valuation Officer) v Mazars LLP, all non-adjacent floors in single occupation will now be separately assessed for rating purposes, increasing the amount of rates payable for thousands of occupiers.

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Small window of opportunity for business rates refunds?

Many businesses across the UK could still receive a full five years’ worth of refunds in respect of their business rates owing to a small window of opportunity in the current appeal system. However, there is an element of caution to be applied. 

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Chancellor Case
What the Chancellor didn't say in his Autumn Statement...

Business rate payers and their advisors were left disappointed at the Chancellor's decision not to extend certain business rate relief schemes in his 2015 Autumn Statement. 

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Chancellor Case
Good news for small businesses but uncertainty mounts over business rates devolution deal

Paul Easton, National Head of Business Rates at Lambert Smith Hampton, comments on the Business Rates implications of the 2015 Autumn Statement.

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Paul Easton
Business Rates Reform: bureaucracy through the back door

Lambert Smith Hampton’s National Head of Business Rates, Paul Easton, provides his views on the Government’s latest proposals to improve transparency in the valuation of business rates.

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Lady Justice
When two into one won't go

The Supreme Court (House of Lords in old money) has brought clarity to the issue of two floors of offices (second and sixth) that were occupied by the same company (Mazars) where the Valuation Tribunal England decided on appeal that there should be one rating assessment for both floors.  Paul Easton, our National Head of Business Rates, explains why this decision has important implications.Read more

Rating in Brief Election edition

Welcome to Rating in Brief - leading the debate on business rates and policy.Read more

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