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Jerry Schurder

Head of Business Rates

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I’m Head of Business Rates here at Gerald Eve with responsibility for co-ordinating and organising our extensive rating business. I’ve been with the company for over 30 years and have experience in most property sectors. I’m regarded by key industry, trade and think tank organisations as the leading independent advisor to industry in the debate with government about business rates. I’m a regular conference speaker on business rates as well as appearances on the main TV and radio news media.

In addition to leading our 60+ rating surveyors who have saved clients over £3bn since the 2010 rating revaluation, I devise and implement strategies to minimise rates liabilities for vacant property. I also oversee a specialist team dedicated to rates payment management services, taking over responsibility for paying clients’ rates bills and managing their liabilities, removing all the hassle of rates. Our rapidly growing team is responsible for managing and paying over £1.3 billion in rates liabilities for over 40,000 client properties.

I’m regularly called on to assist the British Retail Consortium, CBI, Federation of Small Businesses, the British Property Federation, Revo, London First, and the Flexible Space Association to inform their policies on business rates as well as assisting with government lobbying.

 

MY RECENT PROJECTS

  • In addition to assisting many clients and trade organisations to prepare their submissions to the Treasury Select Committee in respect of its inquiry into the Impact of Business Rates on Businesses, I was also asked to present oral evidence to the Committee.
  • Since 2013 I have represented Cardtronics UK, the largest independent provider of ATM cash machines, following the Valuation Office Agency’s decision to separately assess many thousands of cash machine sites for business rates. Having progressed through hearings in three lower courts, test cases are to be heard by the UK Supreme Court in March 2020 with many £millions at stake.

 

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