Business Rates

Business Rates

Negotiating the right business rates

We provide bespoke consultancy in order to reduce rates liabilities, manage appeals, provide budget forecasts, approve rate demands, check payments and assist with long term planning through clear, independent advice.

We specialise in reviewing assessments for both commercial occupiers and landlords. We take a comprehensive and collaborative approach through all stages of the appeals process.

Our rating specialists work closely with you to help navigate the complexities of the business rates valuation system to ensure your annual assessment is not over estimated. We provide honest advice and manage the entire process with a high degree of discretion and aptitude.

We also oversee liaison with local billing authorities to ensure correct relief and exemptions are applied.

We obtain the best results possible through extensive preparation and high attention to detail.

Dealing with business rates appeals can be daunting and at times frustrating. Our ability to demystify technical language is matched by our deep understanding and experience generating positive outcomes for our clients.

Our services include:

  • Auditing of actual liability
  • The review of current rating assessments and the collation of evidence
  • Property inspections
  • Lodging and negotiating appeals against the level of the Rateable Value
  • Lodging appeals to reflect changes in circumstance to your property or the locality
  • Lodging appeals for disturbance caused by your own or adjacent building works, fire damage and the like
  • Dealing with certification issues
  • Applications for rate relief and/or exemptions (vacant and part vacant properties)
  • Budgeting for future rate liabilities and strategic advice


Debbie Warwick

Debbie Warwick


Debbie worked in both the public and private sector before joining Daniel Watney in 2008, with roles at the Valuation Office, Weatherall Green & Smith (now BNP Paribas) and as a director of niche rating firm, Dixon Rankin, giving her an in depth knowledge of the rating system.

As head of our rating team, Debbie works with a number of property companies, developers, investment funds, trusts and private investors providing detailed rating advice and guidance across all disciplines of the rating sphere.

Debbie has extensive experience in helping companies to mitigate their exposure to empty property rates. Whether the client has property sitting idle while awaiting planning permission or is holding an empty property whilst in search for a new tenant, Debbie has advised client’s on a number of alternative solutions to lower the burden of empty property rates.

More recently, Debbie has worked closely with Frogmore and Land Securities on the joint redevelopment of the North West corner of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

A fan of the outdoors, Debbie is a keen golfer and skier.

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Debbie worked in both the public and private sector before joining Daniel Watney in 2008, with roles at the...