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Non-Domestic Rating

Jenny Wigley has a strong practice in the field of non-domestic rating (local government tax). She regularly appears both for rate payers and local authorities in the Valuation Tribunal, Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and the Higher Courts, including in the recent landmark Divisional Court cases concerning empty rates (Makro, Kenya Aid, Digital Pipeline and Pall Mall - see cases below).  One of her current cases is for a football club and concerns the important issue of whether relegation from the Premier League can constitute a ‘material change of circumstances’ for rating purposes.  Her cases of note in this field include (more details in cases tab):

  • Student Union Lettings Ltd v. Leicester City Council [2018] RA 175

  • City of York Council v. Sykes (VO) [2017] UKUT 230 (LC)

  • South Kesteven DC v. Digital Pipeline Ltd [2016] EWHC 101 (Admin)

  • Sleekmade Ltd v. Sheffield City Council [2015] EWHC (Admin) (17 November 2015)

  • Pall Mall Investments (London) Ltd v. Gloucester City Council [2014] EWHC 2247 (Admin), [2014] PTSR 1184, [2014] RA 395:

  • Lidl (Uk) GmbH v. Ryder (VO) [2014] RA 23

  • Kenya Aid Programme v. Sheffield City Council [2013] EWHC 54 (Admin) Div, [2014] QB

  • Makro Properties Limited v. Nuneaton & Bedworth BC [2012] EWHC 2250 (Admin)

  • Webster v. Yorkshire Water Services Ltd [2009] RA 317

  • Thames Water plc v. Peter Handcock (VO), Lands Tribunal, 16 September 2008

  • Baker (VO) v. Citibank NA [2007] RA 93Jenny co-edits the main rating text book, Ryde on Rating and the Council Tax and she edits the rating chapter in Atkins Court Forms and the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents.

Jenny graduated in law from Cambridge University. She was called to the Bar in 2000 by the Middle Temple, having worked for five years in a solicitors’ firm in the City.

During her time as a solicitor, Jenny practised in the commercial and property litigation department of city firm, Stephenson Harwood, where she also had conduct of the firm’s rating practice.  During that time she worked on the law changing case of Benjamin (VO) v. Anston Properties (which led to the Government introducing the Rating (Valuation) Act 1999) and the case of Coventry & Solihull Waste Disposal Co v. Russell (VO) ([1999] 1 WLR 2093) in the House of Lords.


“Her knowledge of judicial review is impressive”
Legal 500 2016 (Public Law)

“Presents a clear and cogent case”
Legal 500 2015 (Public Law)

“Thorough in her preparation and forceful in her advocacy”
Legal 500 2014 

The ‘excellent’ Jenny Wigley is recommended for planning matters
Legal 500 2013

In the last year Jenny Wigley has been involved in a number of judicial review and statutory claims. One recent example of her work was a three-week planning inquiry, where she acted against Ian Dove QC, relating to a site on the edge of Leicester called Glenfield Park. This area had been earmarked for a mixed employment and housing scheme. 
Chambers UK 2013

Jenny Wigley is proficient in all aspects of planning law, including highways and CPOs along with enforcement, inquiries and local and statutory reviews in the High Court. Currently, she is continuing to challenge the Secretary of State's dismissal of an appeal for 1,100 houses on a derelict sugar beet factory site in Ipswich. 
Chambers UK 2010

"Jenny Wigley has impressed with a series of planning judicial review applications and appeals" 
Legal 500 2009