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Rating Question Time 2020

We have a panel of leading practitioners to answer questions from the audience on a number of topical rating issues. This event will be followed by drinks and canapés to give time for valuable networking.

Start Date Venue Price  
16 January 2020 Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London £95 BOOK

Note: All prices are to be paid in GBP and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Evening Event (2 hours 30 mins CPD).
Registration from: 16.00. Event starts at: 16.30. Event finishes at: 18.00. Drinks Reception until 20.00.

We would like to thank Herbert Smith Freehills LLP for the use of their facilities.


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The Question Time will be chaired by Paul Sanderson, where members of the audience are invited to contribute comments and join in discussions. The evening provides an excellent up to date synopsis on current rating issues and culminates with a drink and canapé reception to allow informal debates and networking. 



Questions and topics that will be covered include:

  • Does the GPCR approach to coordination work and if so where and what lessons need to be learnt and changed to make it work?
  • With 2021 Revaluation now only 15 months away, what do practitioners need to do to be prepared?
  • Should contingent fees be regulated against and if not what solutions are needed to ensure a level playing field for all?
  • There are continued calls for a fall in the multiplier and some suggest this should be funded by the introduction of a sales tax based on a percentage of turnover. Is this a practicable solution and if not why not?
  • CVA Rents
  • A recent VOA statistic says 100,740 checks have now been made by small businesses from the current list. Is the market now waking up to making appeals?
  • English councils are due to receive £25bn from business rates this year. It is estimated that there will be £1.1bn losses from successful appeals. A 4% loss may be small, but it is not spread evenly. Just as there are winners and losers with changes to RV and payments on ratepayers, there will be some local authorities that will suffer a greater burden of loss of rates income. How will local government manage, and will Government step in to assist them?