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Adam Barnfield

Senior Surveyor
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Adam started his career at the Valuation Office in 1999 initially in the Birmingham Office before moving to the Coventry Office. During this time he gained an in-depth
knowledge of the rating discipline.

In 2007 he joined Ruddle Merz and continued to grow his knowledge of business rates, providing advice to a vast array of clients in respect of a vast spectrum of properties, from shops to sawmills and warehouses to football stadiums, all across the UK – literally from Land’s End to John O’Groats! Following the acquisition of Ruddle Merz by Vail Williams in 2017, he continues to provide expert advice in respect of new and his existing clients.

His knowledge of business rates enables him to provide advice from all angles;

  • full/partial empty space relief – through applications to the local authorities
  • properties affected by road or building works, or other circumstantial events – through MCC (Material Change of Circumstance)
  • appeals, and; appeals to the Valuation Office if he believes a rateable value is incorrect

All of the above is achieved by working closely with his clients. Conducting surveys of all properties in the first instance, following that up with detailed analysis of his findings and providing advice on how to effectively challenge applied rateable values. Culminating in negotiations with the Valuation Office to achieve savings on his client’s behalf. If resolution with the VO cannot be achieved, he is more than happy to represent at Valuation Tribunal. An example of this is his recent appearance at Tribunal resulting in a reduction from £1,440,000RV to £1,290,000RV with effect from 1st April 2010 for a significant industrial unit in Hereford (Special Metals Wiggin Ltd).

Adam’s current focus is on providing advice in respect of the 2017 Rating List for clients located in both England and Wales.

A recent car crash has cut short his aspirations to be a professional footballer / cricketer / kayaker / squash / badminton / tennis / rugby player. He is working hard on getting back to full fitness and hopes to take up cycling in the near future. His other interests include modern history and trying to stop his children from being too noisy.