The cost of rates paid by many businesses can be substantial, so professional advice is essential to understanding overall liability and how assessments may be challenged or liabilities reduced via splits, mergers, empty rates, disturbance appeals and Section 44a applications.

Hartnell Taylor Cook LLP has extensive experience of advising businesses on their rating liability, achieving reductions averaging 25% on the rating list assessments, which has resulted in significant year on year financial savings for our clients.

Martin Davenport (Partner in charge) is the elected the President of the Rating Surveyors Association (RSA) and therefore is in a good position to advise clients on changes in legislation etc. before they become public knowledge.

Extensive knowledge

Our extensive database of comparable evidence, case law and statute, along with our close working relationship with our agency colleagues enables us to advise on all rating matters affecting property.

We cover all types of properties including retail, offices, industrial, health & fitness centres, vehicle repair workshops, hotels, restaurants, universities and educational establishments, health centres, nursing homes, equestrian centres, nightclubs and coastguard stations.

Business Rates Update 

There are major changes being introduced to the current rating system which will see some major changes with the new system of 'Check, Challenge, Appeal' being introduced with the onus being firmly placed upon the appellant. This will affect everyone and action is required from September 2016 but are you ready? It is still not too late to appeal your current business rates, assessed in 2010 but action is required now, for further information on the changes and what you should be doing because this will affect everyone, contact Martin Davenport or click here


Clients include 2812, Aberdeen Asset Management, Adelphi Hotel, Alterian, ATS Euromaster, Daylesford Organics, Bentley & Skinner, Billborough College, Boston University, Carillion Plc, Comptoir Des Cotonniers, Credit Suisse, Coughlans Bakery, Eric Bompard, Forbidden Planet, Furla, Garrards, Jamie Oliver Group (including Jamie's Italian, Fifteen, Barbecoa, Union Jacks and Jamie's at Home), John Laing Construction, Harvey & Thompson, Insight, Italian State Tourist Board, Maritime and Coatguard Agency, New York University, Notra Dame University, Park International Hotel, Pepe Jeans, Prezzo Restaurants, Rocket Restaurants, Thompsons Solicitors, Tribal Group, Virgin Group (various companies), Unison, William Yeoward, Yoji Yakamoto, Zadiq et Voltaire, Zurich Assurance.

Our People

Our team comprises highly motivated, enthusiastic experts who have a vast knowledge of the market and are committed to providing the best possible service for our clients.

Case Study

Hartnell Taylor Cook LLP's Rating department has successfully negotiated a reduction in the Rating Assessment of Jamie's Italian restaurant in Milton Keynes saving £300,000 in business rates.


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