Business Rates Experts

Our business rates experts have a first-class track record in delivering an outstanding, responsive service to local, national and global occupiers across the UK. By taking ownership of our clients’ liability, we save them time and money.

DWD provides a comprehensive business rates service to clients across the UK.  

Business rates is a tax on the occupation of property and is one of the few taxes that is based on opinion.  The DWD business rates team’s experience and expertise mean we can challenge those opinions confidently and manage business rates issues effectively.

Our mission is to work with our clients to reduce their business rates liability and remove the burden of business rates administration.  

Our tax mitigation work falls into two distinct parts: challenging the level and configuration of business rates assessments and managing and exploiting the charging processes.

By taking ownership of our clients’ liabilities and applying the available tools we deliver our clients objectives.  

We reduce rateable values, we manage rates payment processes and we improve our clients profitability.  

Services include:

  • Appeal submission, negotiation, and settlement
  • Managing liabilities for property undergoing works to Business Rates Mitigation
  • Portfolio forecasting and individual budgeting, including for proposed acquisitions 
  • Exemption and rate relief management 
  • Rate demand auditing and authentication
  • Rate payment services; from ‘check and forward’ to full rate payment 
  • Duty to Notify services 
  • BID Levy advice 
  • Historic business rate audits 
  • VO Rental Information Request support 


The result for our clients is a minimised business rates liability with the burden of business rates administration transferred to DWD.  

Our aim is to reduce liability and to allow our clients to focus fully on their business.

For further information regarding business rates, upcoming changes and the service we provide, please download our Business Rates Briefing

Latest Experiences

Trespass in Great Yarmouth

DWD are instructed across the four home nations to manage and appeal Trespass’s business rates assessments  


£1m Liability Saving on St James’s Offices

Our client Towerbrook Capital took occupation of newly built offices in St James’s Market, SW1.


Rating Appeal for Prezzo

DWD are instructed to manage and appeal the business rate liability for Prezzo Restaurants across the UK. 


Sloane Street Success

DWD are instructed to manage and appeal Swatch Groups business rates assessments across all of their brands including Omega, Swatch, Breguet, Blanc Pain etc. 


Our Business Rates Experts team

Alan Vickery

Director & Head of Business Rates

020 7489 4831

Andrew Meech

Director - Business Rates

020 7489 4839

Richard Bason

Rating Practice Manager

020 7489 4838

Chris Baker

Senior Associate - Business Rates

020 3327 6282

Jeff Norris

Senior Associate - Business Rates

020 7332 2112

Our Clients

We always provide exceptional quality advice and enjoy working with our clients has part of an integrated team – leading to long-standing relationships. By providing best in class advice, we create significant added value through understanding and delivering client objectives.

Sectors we work with

We work with businesses, charities, high net worth individuals and public sector organisations across a range of sectors to navigate the complexities of property and planning consultancy.