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Check Challenge and Appeal – Brave New World or Cloud Cuckoo Land?

Check Challenge and Appeal (CCA) is the largest change to the appeals regime for non-domestic rates since the 1988 Local Government Finance Act, and potentially since the Crown stopped counting windows as a property tax.

Ratepayers’ advisors and in-house teams will need to become familiar with the CCA regulations. 

Date Venue Price  
12 June 2017 Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Birmingham    
19 June 2017 Eversheds Sutherland, Manchester    
17 July 2017 Eversheds Sutherland LLP, London    

Note: All prices are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Half Day Event (3 hours 30 minutes CPD) (Breakfast and Refreshments Included).
Registration from: 09:15. Event starts at: 09:45. Event finishes at: 13:30.

CCA is a massive step change in the way ratepayers and their advisors investigate, challenge and correct their rating assessments. It is also a huge shift in the way the VOA engages and interacts with the ratepayers and their advisors.

There is a fear that ratepayers and their advisors will not be able to follow the procedures and timetable to successfully challenge their assessments. From 1 April 2017, there will be no opportunity to lodge a proposal for £1 and then collect evidence in time for the VT hearing – valuation and comparable evidence is required upfront and it will be difficult to include new evidence later.

CCA is for the 2017 Rating List; but appeals relating to the 2010 List also have revised procedures.

This practical and solution focused seminar is essential for practitioners who advise on rating; particularly those that don’t do rating work exclusively.



Introduction and Scene Setting

  • How and when do the Regulations apply?
  • Positions in England, Wales and Scotland
  • Difference between 2010 and 2017 Lists
  • What are the Regulations?
    • The Non-Domestic Rating (Alteration of Lists and Appeals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017)
    • The Valuation Tribunal for England (Council Tax and Rating Appeals) (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

The new VOA Government Gateway web portal

  • Registration process
  • Uploading information
  • Communication between VOA and Agent
  • Communication to the ratepayer

“Check” stage

  • How and when to initiate a check
  • What information is needed?
  • How to return new or amended information?
  • Civil penalties for inaccurate information
  • When is it complete?
  • Significance of the check
    • Facts agreed
    • Material day set

“Challenge” stage

  • When can a challenge be made?
  • What’s involved in a challenge?
  • What evidence is required and when does it have to be presented?
  • Opportunities to negotiate?
  • How is a challenge concluded?

"Appeal" stage

  • When can an appeal be made?
  • How to appeal to the VTE
  • What evidence is required and what can be subsequently introduced?
  • How are appeals heard?
  • What are the fees?
  • Can fees be refunded?
  • What are the VTE powers?
  • Has “within the bounds of reasonable professional judgement” been dropped
  • What is “reasonable” and can the List be altered?
  • Appealing to the UT

Changes to the 2010 Appeals Process

  • New VTE Practice statement
  • Revised requirements for exchange of evidence
  • When do these apply?