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The 21st National Rating Day

The National Rating Day has come of age – 21 years in the making. Yet it has been a must attend event for much of its adolescent existence and has consistently been the largest rating event in the calendar. The 2021 event will continue to look at the here and now, policy and reform; and best and effective practice. Whilst the pushback against COVID is promising, once again we are unable to meet in person and so for the second year, we will be running this conference virtually, by hosting two, 90 minutes sessions. 

Start Date Venue Price  
8 June 2021 2 Virtual Seminars    

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

Event duration: Two Virtual Sessions (5 hours total CPD).
Registration from: 9.50. Event starts at: 9.55. Event finishes at: 12.35.

The 21st National Rating Day, will be taking place on the following dates:

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Last year, the National Rating Day took place under the shadow of COVID. As we move from that world to a new reality, we do so in a new shadow, that of the fundamental review of the rating system. Little can be said on the Review until its published (and we will bring you a dedicated event for that), but there is much for the 2021 Rating Day to focus upon:


  • Rating became a valuable means to provide financial support for a great number of businesses during the COVID crisis. Even now, circa 50% of the taxable base receive a business rate holiday. Some ratepayers may be able to claim a Material Change of Circumstances, others may not. Where do your clients fall?
  • What are the building blocks for Reval 2023 and its AVD?
  • What is the change with transition and multipliers?
  • Mitigation and empty rates
  • All change in VT hearings
  • The decisions from the Valuation Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal 




Welcome & Introduction from the Conference Chair - Josh Myerson

Building Blocks for Reval 2023 - John Berry and Tim Johnson

  • VOA progress to date
  • What is the task ahead?
  • Timelines and key milestones
  • Establishing values at AVD - evidence at the AVD and the VOA's approach 
  • Interaction between material day and AVD

Remote Hearings: Here to stay? - Jon Bestow and Donald Scannell

  • Commentary from the Valuation Tribunal and Upper Tribunal
  • On-line hearings - what has worked and what hasn't?
  • Hearings in a post COVID environment 
  • Submitting evidence at the VTE - what is expected from participants prior and at a hearing
  • Expectations from the Upper Tribunal

Panel Discussion with Question and AnswersJon BestowDonald ScannellDan Kolinsky QC and Austin Marshall

Case Law Update - Dan Kolinsky QC 


Welcome & Introduction from the Conference Chair - Tim Johnson

2017 List Material Change of Circumstances and Covid - Helen Zammit-Willson and Michael Pearce

  • What does the Bill say?
  • “no account is to be taken of any matter (whether arising before or after the passing of this Act) that is directly or indirectly attributable to coronavirus” except for specified circumstances.” Does that mean all COVID MCCs are holed below the waterline?
  • Revoking the current SI – what will that mean?
  • The conflict between the 2017 and 2023 Lists

Liabilities - Blake Penfold

  • The annual budget statements from March 2021
  • Rate holidays
  • Multipliers and Transition

Mitigation of Empty Rates Roger CohenAlistair Townsend and Victoria Boateng

  • Hurstwood Properties (A) Ltd and others (Respondents) v Rossendale Borough Council has been handed down
  • Other key court decisions
  • How will this now dictate mitigation strategies deployed by ratepayers and their advisors?