Robert Brown BSc, FRICS, FIRRV
Robert is Partner, Rating Services at chartered surveyors, Sanderson Weatherall LLP. He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a fellow of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation. He serves on the executive of the IRRV Yorkshire and District Association and was the Association President in 2013-14. In 2009 he was elected onto the IRRV National Council, where he served on the Law and Research Committee and the Professional Conduct committee and the Valuers’ Association Board.
He is a committee member and former Honorary Treasurer of the Rating Surveyors’ Association and is the National President for 2015-16. He is also an inaugural member of the Compulsory Purchase Association.
Robert graduated in 1979 from Newcastle upon Tyne with a BSc degree in General Practice Surveying. His early career was with the Valuation Office Agency, firstly in York some London offices and then Harrogate. Whilst at the VOA in 1982 he qualified as an associate of RICS. In 1985 he moved to Leeds Valuation Office, where he became senior valuer in the City Centre Rating Section, appearing on a weekly basis at Local Valuation Courts. He was also responsible for the Valuation Office Property Market Report for Offices. In 1988 he returned to Harrogate Valuation Office to co-ordinate a team of valuers preparing the 1990 Rating Revaluation, thereby concluding 10 years of Valuation Office experience. He joined the Rating & Valuation Association in 1989, (later IRRV) and became a fellow of the RICS in 1994.
In 1989 he left the VOA to join Weatherall Hollis and Gale in Leeds to establish a new Rating department for the 1990 Revaluation. Following the merger post 2000 with northern chartered surveyors Sanderson Townend and Gilbert and the acquisitions of GF Singleton and Co and Dixon Rankin, the practice now trades as Sanderson Weatherall LLP.
Robert now deals with all types of Rating valuation, property taxation and compulsory purchase and compensation and has been an expert witness at Tribunal and an independent expert on unusual Rating cases. He specialises in the Rating valuation of non-bulk properties, such as car showrooms, motor auctions, film and television studios, educational properties, glassworks, major printing works; plus bulk properties, comprising shops, city centre offices and banking premises, industrials and retail warehouses. He sat on the JPIVRF committee that reviewed the operation of the Contractor’s Test method of Valuation for the 2017 Rating Revaluation.
He has experience in Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax valuations and is an expert in compulsory purchase matters and the preparation and negotiation of compensation claims; business disturbance (particularly within the motor trade), major highways schemes, sewerage and water undertakings, rapid transit schemes, urban development corporations and slum clearance. He has carried out valuations both for secured lending purposes and as an asset valuer to British Telecom, the Post Office and British Land. He also valued RAF Strike Command bases and Early Warning Stations on a national MOD asset valuation exercise.
Robert lectures in Rating matters to clients and students and has contributed several articles in the past to Insight and The Valuer on business rating issues.