The client’s property was situated on the ground floor and first, second and third floors of the same building, yet spanned two different rating assessments. One had a rateable value of £42,500pa, the other £31,750pa.
How we helped
Our business rates experts identified an opportunity to merge the ratings
This can be achieved when an occupier has two adjacent but connected units, or if they are located on multiple floors within the same property with an internal link like a stairwell
We submitted an application to the Council to merge the two rating assessments which was successful first time
By proactively communicating with an existing contact, we created an opportunity to make a significant financial saving at a challenging economic time for the UK business community
Our work, delivered on a performance only basis, decreased the client’s rates bill due to Quantum (a process where the larger the area occupied, the less you pay)
Now merged, the law firm’s business rates liability has reduced by 33% to £49,750pa, saving £24,500pa
As a result, the client has saved £72,628 over the 2017 Rating List.
“Vail Williams were clear, concise and proactive. They made a proposal to merge our two separate ratings for our Wimbledon Village office. Their application to the Council was accepted first time, creating a saving of over £70,000 over the current valuation period, far more than we anticipated. Needless to say, we were very pleased!”
Charles Hylton-Potts, Partner, Peacock & Co. Solicitors.