Case studies

Splits and Mergers and their effects on Business Rates Assessments Splits and Mergers and their effects on Business Rates Assessments We have recently concluded two Rating cases through the new Check, Challenge, Appeal procedure resulting in both of our clients becoming 100% free of business rates liability.   “Rateable Value Halved” - 2017 Business Rates CCA System “Rateable Value Halved” - 2017 Business Rates CCA System We effectively reduced the Rateable Value in half and generating savings in excess of £20,000 in business rates payable over the 5 year Rating List period.   Conversion Works Conversion Works Following the recent Supreme Court decision the interpretation of rating law has been altered when considering works of repair, refurbishment, conversion and redevelopment.   Wheel Forge Way, Trafford Park Wheel Forge Way, Trafford Park Acting on behalf of a national online clothing retailer Roger Hannah & Co were successful in agreeing a substantial reduction in the business rates assessment of an industrial unit in Trafford Park Manchester.   Raise a glass to Fair Maintainable Trade Raise a glass to Fair Maintainable Trade Roger Hannah & Co were successful in reducing the Rateable Value of the premises by £15,000. Wine Bars are generally valued on a Fair Maintainable Trade which takes into consideration publican trading figures as at the valuation date.   Ergon House, Business Rates Assessment Reduction Ergon House, Business Rates Assessment Reduction Acting on behalf of Liquidators of the former tenant of Ergon House in the City of Westminster we successfully reduced its rateable value from £487,500 to £432,500.   £0.00 VALUE FOR UNECONOMIC WORKS OF REPAIR £0.00 VALUE FOR UNECONOMIC WORKS OF REPAIR The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has determined a property in Tunbridge Wells.   No more of a ‘Mill Stone hanging round the developer’s neck’ No more of a ‘Mill Stone hanging round the developer’s neck’ Acting on behalf of the owners of a large derelict mill building in Manchester, Roger Hannah & Co has successfully appealed its rateable value; reducing it down to £0 backdated to April 2010.   Plymouth - 36% Rates Reduction for Sea Front Restaurant. Plymouth - 36% Rates Reduction for Sea Front Restaurant. Roger Hannah & Co acting for a Plymouth Hoe local restaurant have negotiated a significant rates reduction on their property.   Significant Rates Reduction at Car Showroom in Grantham Significant Rates Reduction at Car Showroom in Grantham Lincolnshire acting on behalf of the owner we successfully reduced the empty rate liability ultimately saving in excess of £100,000 in liability.   Rates Reduction at Cafe Bar Media City Manchester Rates Reduction at Cafe Bar Media City Manchester A modern café and bar situated in Salford Quays acting on behalf of the operator we successfully negotiated a reduction in the rateable value form £52500 down to £26000.   Significant Rates Reduction for an Apart Hotel in Liverpool Significant Rates Reduction for an Apart Hotel in Liverpool A period property located in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, acting on behalf of the developer we successfully reduced the rateable value from £78500 to £0 during the period of conversion and subsequently acting for the hotel operator negotiated a reduction in the rateable value from £134000 down to £62000.   Greater Manchester Police Station Greater Manchester Police Station Acting on behalf of a developer client who acquired the premises as a residential development site, we successfully appealed the assessment reducing this from a rateable value in excess of £50,000 to £0 resulting in a substantial savings to our client of circa £100,000.   Large Industrial complex, Cheshire Large Industrial complex, Cheshire On the grounds that the property was incapable of beneficial occupation, we successfully appealed the assessment reducing the Rateable Value of circa £150,000 to £0.   Lakeside, Cheshire Lakeside, Cheshire A modern office block located in a business park location undergoing substantial structural alteration and repair. The rateable value of £800,000 was reduced to £0.00 for a period of 9 months during construction work.   Former Casino & Nightclub, Southport  Former Casino & Nightclub, Southport The property had been vandalised and was suffering from subsidence/structural defects and had been acquired by a developer. We appealed the rateable value of circa £75,000 and successfully reduced this to £0.   Westlink Industrial Estate, Leigh Westlink Industrial Estate, Leigh A modern single storey industrial estate in prominent position fronting East Lancs Road where we appealed against the rateable value of £126,000 and had this reduced to £92,000.   Factory Premises, Oldham  Factory Premises, Oldham This property was recently purchased by a client and we appealed against rateable value on the grounds of a material change in circumstance resulting in a reduction in the rateable value from £69,000 to £60,000.   Office Building, Salford Office Building, Salford We appealed the 2010 rating assessment on the grounds that the rateable value was excessive and successfully achieved a reduction in the rateable value of more that 30%, resulting in significant savings for our client.   Former Industrial Site, Greater Manchester Former Industrial Site, Greater Manchester Working with our client we devised an empty rates mitigation strategy involving temporary occupation of the property resulting in savings of circa £17,000 in empty rates to our client in the current year.