People

Andrew Altman

Partner

Location
London (West End)

Contact Andrew
T: +44 (0)20 7333 6331
E: aaltman@geraldeve.com

Andrew is a Partner in Gerald Eve’s Specialist Rating team, a member of the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation, the Rating Surveyors Association and an RICS Registered Valuer, He is a business rates expert with particular experience in local authority, police and educational properties and those used for charitable purposes. He is responsible for the firm’s advice to public sector clients in London and the south east and is involved in most of the valuations and negotiations.

Local authority clients which Andrew currently advises include the City of London Corporation, the London Boroughs of Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Cambridge City Council, Central Bedfordshire and Wycombe Council. He also advises Surrey, Sussex and Hertfordshire Police.

Andrew is very experienced in representing clients at the Valuation Tribunal. He has extensive knowledge of rating reliefs and exemptions including charitable relief, empty rates relief and exemptions for properties used by the disabled, theological exemptions and facilities ancillary to public open space.

Specific experience

Andrew was very involved for the 2005 and 2010 Revaluations in central negotiations between the Valuation Office and a small group of firms, on the valuations bases for local authority schools, independent schools and libraries. Negotiations are just starting for the 2017 Revaluation for which he is again at the forefront .

He provides business rates and council tax advice to over 100 independent school and college clients including the two largest school groups – Alpha Plus and Cognita.

He is experienced in presenting appeals before the Valuation Tribunal for specialist properties. Successful cases in the 2010 Rating List include Chelsea Library (reduced from £295,000 to £146,000) and a car park in Harlow (reduced from £355,000 to £237,000).

Andrew particularly enjoys the challenges of valuing more unusual properties for rating purposes. These have included over the last couple of years, the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), Barbican Centre, masonic temples, the remains of a Roman bath house and a dockside border inspection post.

Andrew has for many years provided strategic advice and rating appeal services to the 35 Oxford colleges and associated institutions, through their central bursars’ committee.