Advisory - Rating

McCormack is a Partner specialising in rating

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    Ken has over 40 years’ experience in rating and has worked for Strathclyde Regional Council’s Assessors department, James Barr Chartered Surveyors as head of rating and GVA James Barr where he was also head of rating in Scotland. He joined Montagu Evans as in 2017.

    He has a wealth of experience in valuing all categories of subjects, acting for many well known clients including numerous on the high street, the industrial sector, the renewables sector as well as more specialist subjects such as whisky distilleries.

    Ken was asked to provide evidence to the Barclay Committee on the review of Business Rates in Scotland and has since been asked to participate in the Barclay Implementation Advisory Group.

    He was the first Scottish President of the Rating Surveyors’ Association (RSA) in 2014 and remains the only Scottish President in its 110 year history and currently sits on the Committee representing Scottish matters. He is also the Scottish Committee Member of the main RICS Rating and Local Taxation Group in London, a group of experienced rating practitioners from the private, public and corporate sectors reviewing rating policy across the UK.

    Key Skills

    • Rating appeals across all sectors of property
    • Specialist subjects including whisky distilleries, large industrial complexes and renewable subjects
    • Advisor to Scottish Government and business organisations such as Scotch Whisky Association, Scottish Renewables and CBI in Scotland on changes to rating system
    • Negotiating with Assessors, preparation and appearing as expert witness at Valuation Appeal Committees, Lands Tribunal for Scotland and Lands Valuation Appeal Court


    • Pernod Ricard – Chivas Brothers
    • William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd
    • Spirit Aerosystems
    • Scottish Prison Service
    • Ardagh Glass
    • North British Distillers
    • Glen Turner Company Ltd