website-business-rates-retail-imageRetail expertise & experience

Allsop are recognised specialists in the retail sector achieving substantial savings for shop, café and restaurant operators nationwide in town centres, shopping centres and out of town retail parks



  • 70 years of experience in advising many of the UK’s leading big name retailers
  • Chairman of London’s Oxford Street Rates Committee for 20 years
  • Lead member of the body coordinating rate appeal negotiations on shops nationwide
  • Founder of the successful UK scheme used to identify rates savings on shops
  • Represent over 200 retailers ranging from independent traders to large multiple retailers
  • Only charge a fee when successful

Successful track record at winning substantial appeals

Brands we have won appeals for include: Primark, Topshop, Bonmarche, Moss Bros, Wallis, Hotel Chocolat, Camper, Muji, Lacoste, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Burtons, Geox, Sunglass Hut, CEX, Cards Galore, Regis, Supercuts, Clas Ohlson, QD Stores, Charles Tyrwhitt, Trailfinders, Foyles, Blackwells, Apostrophe, Burger King, Costa Coffee, Fuel, Shakeaway, Spudulike

Taking a Lead

Allsop’s Robert Sherwill is the Chairman of the influential Rating Surveyors Association Retail Panel which has established the framework facilitating the effective negotiation of appeals with the Government’s Valuation Office in the main 400 retailing locations in the country.  Robert Sherwill is currently undertaking detailed discussions with the Valuation Office as to how to implement the Governments new “Check Challenge Appeal” system in the retail sector.

Leading through negotiations

Allsop have led the appeal negotiations with the Valuation Office in many of the main retailing locations in the UK including Westfield London and Oxford Street, London.

Leading through innovation

In 1999 Allsop founded the successful UK scheme used by the leading rating agents to identify adverse changes affecting town centres. We continue to run this scheme which identifies over 100 potential rates saving situations each year.

Changes to town centres can lead to substantial rate savings.  We constantly look for opportunities to reduce retailers business rates, identifying where changes to town centres can lead to substantial rate savings, these have included…

Opening of competiting shopping centre

Opening of a competing shopping centre

Westfield London Impact – Up to 32.5% rates reduction secured on nearby retail locations hit by the opening of Westfield London.




Impact of out of town retail park

Impact of out-of-town-retail park

Haverfordwest – Up to 40% rates reductions secured on town centre shops due to impact of expanding out-of-town retail park.






Preston -Up to 10% rates reductions secured during roadworks on Fishergate.




Shopping centre refurbishment

Shopping centre refurbishment

Cheltenham – Up to 25% rates reductions during refurbishment of Regent Arcade shopping centre





Meet the Business Rates Appeals team

Robert Sherwill


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Aoife Broderick


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John Connolly

Professional Services Consultant

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Joseph Lydon

Assistant Surveyor

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