Delivering innovative, practical and reliable business rates advice

The cost of business rates paid by many businesses can be substantial. Navigating your way around how assessments may be challenged or liabilities reduced via splits, mergers, empty rates, disturbance appeals and Section 44a applications can be extremely complex.

Hartnell Taylor Cook’s Rating team is headed up by Martin Davenport, who is the immediate past President of the Rating Surveyors Association (RSA) and has decades of experience in advising businesses on their rating liability.

Using our extensive database of comparable evidence, case law and statute and vast knowledge of changes in legislation, we have an excellent track record in minimising our clients’ liabilities with reductions averaging around 25% on the rating list assessments, resulting in significant year on year savings for our clients.

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, vineyards and coastguard stations.

Case studies

Enhancing MCA’s entire UK portfolio

Enhancing MCA’s entire UK portfolio

A full service, multi-disciplinary approach that has streamlined Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s entire UK property portfolio

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Managing The Savoy Estate, WC2

Delivering a management strategy that future proofs The Duchy of Lancaster estate for generations

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Huge business rates savings for Denbies

Business rates advice that led to a massive 63% reduction for one of the UK’s largest vineyards

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Strategic advice for ATS Euromaster

Helping ATS to build their profile and network of good quality centres across the south of England and Wales

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Martin Davenport



020 7788 3809

Partners | Rating | Valuation

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Rupert Boheimer



07982 909880


Email Rupert

Capability Statement

For more detailed information on our Rating service and who our experts are in Bristol and London please click on the relevant capability statement.

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Following the Government announcement on 31st October, we are pleased to advise that our colleagues continue to operate successfully, with the majority working from home, and we do not anticipate any impact to the service provided. We remain fully contactable on either mobile phone or email.

Alternatively, if you are uncertain who to contact then please call our main reception on 0117 923 9234 between normal office hours 9.00am to 5.30pm for help.

If you require further information on a particular property we are currently marketing, the details are set out on our website (click here).

If you have an enquiry regarding a property we manage, please contact the appropriate property/facilities manager (https://www.htc.uk.com/about-us/team/). In addition, you could contact our 24/7 helpdesk available on 0345 241 1528.

If you do experience a delay in contacting your chosen Hartnell Taylor Cook representative we thank you for your patience during the current situation.

Hartnell Taylor Cook
5th November 2020