Business rates expert with particular specialism in minimising rate liabilities for hotel and trading properties.
For over 25 years Sandra has provided rating valuation and liability advice across a wide range of business sectors, with her particular specialism being the hotel and leisure sector. She has advised clients on seeking to minimise current and future business rate liabilities for existing and planned developments in her specialist area, but also has experience in the bulk classes of offices, retail and industrial and more specialised properties such as Film Studios, Car Showrooms, Health Clubs, Golf Courses and Bowling Alleys.
Sandra started her career in the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) before moving to private practice as a valuation and rating surveyor; following a career break returned to the Reading Valuation Office before joining the Hospitality and Leisure team at Edward Symmons in 2005 where she was responsible for business rates for all hotel and trading clients throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
For the 2010 rating revaluation she was able to reach prior agreements with the VOA on numerous assessments to minimise rate liabilities, with the benefit of foregoing the appeals process with its time implications and uncertainty. However her extensive experience of negotiating with the VOA ensures the best outcomes are achieved to maximise client savings when appeals are discussed.
She is on the panel involved in agreeing the scheme of valuation for hotels with the VOA for the 2017 revaluation.