CBRE has announced that its head of rating in Scotland, Brian Rogan, has relocated to the Aberdeen office to focus on assisting clients in the North East with the business rates revaluation appeal process following the April revaluations.
Rogan was previously based in CBRE’s Glasgow office and has specialised in rates appeals for more than ten years. Last year he successfully led a landmark appeal against the Grampian assessor for a number of CBRE’s oil and gas and professional services sector clients which occupy office premises in Aberdeen, on the basis that the local economic downturn was a material change of circumstances (MCC) and as such rates bills should be reduced.
Derren McRae, head of CBRE’s Aberdeen office, said: “Given the scale of the issue in the North East, coupled with the technical nature of both the MCC and revaluation appeal processes, we believe all businesses will need the specialist advice of an experienced rating adviser to ensure they are not being overcharged on business rates. We wanted to strengthen our local rating service and having Brian in our office will greatly assist this initiative.”
Rogan added that businesses in the North East should be aware that they have a new right to appeal against their 2016 business rates charges as a result of our MCC appeal case and in addition have the right to challenge their new 2017 Revaluation figures.