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Rating and Local Government

Guy specialises in Local Government Law, and particularly in Rating. Guy regularly advises local authorities and ratepayers as to liability for rates and how this may be enforced. Notable recent issues include the treatment of charitable purposes, and health and leisure centres, and issues of delay in local authorities enforcing rates demands, following Honda.

Guy acted for the successful claimant in R (Reeves (Valuation Officer) v Valuation Tribunal for England [2015] RA 241. This was, unusually, a claim for judicial review brought by the valuation office to quash the decision of the VTE which ordered the valuation officer to delete a hereditament from the list following the quashing of a completion notice. The High Court agreed that the tribunal had no power to make such an order against the VO

In 2016 he appeared in the VTE acting for Tesco Stores plc in relation to the rateability of ATM machines – a series of test cases – which will now be addressed on appeal by the Upper Tribunal in 2017.

Guy appeared in Sunderland City Council v Stirling Investment Properties Ltd [2013] EWHC (Admin) 1413 (24.5.13) where the Court considered the question of rateable occupation in the context of bluetooth marketing equipment.

He also appeared on behalf of the Lake District National Park Association in the Valuation Tribunal in relation to the exemption from rating of car-parks serving the National Park.

More widely. Guy advises a number of local authorities as to the exercise of their statutory powers relating to highways, footpaths, and Building Regulations.