Shambles: big concerns have been raised over the reduction in VOA offices

Reduction in VOA offices will be a 'nightmare' for businesses

By Georgina Townshend

The Government's plan to reduce the number of Valuation Office Agency (VOA) offices has been described as a "shambles" that will be a "nightmare for businesses wanting to appeal their business rates", according to global property...

Quickly as possible: VOA assures improvements are being made following feedback

VOA promises to improve challenge and appeal processes for rates

By Georgina Townshend

The Government’s Valuation Office Agency (VOA) said it is working to improve its check, challenge, appeal (CCA) service “as quickly as possible” after complaints from publicans that the website is “not fit for purpose”, leaving businesses which are challenging...

Licensing: Poppleston Allen were witness for the legal experts panel at the House of Lords select committee review into the 2003 Licensing Act

Licensing Act 2003

Legal analysis: expert opinion sought by Lords

By Poppleston Allen

Legal experts Poppleston Allen reveal some of the questions asked at the panel session held at the House of Lords select committee this month (November).

Beware of the appeals 'lottery'

Legal advice

Beware of the appeals 'lottery'

By Poppleston Allen

We are now into the 11th year since ‘licensing reform’ and the old system is becoming a dot on the horizon; anyone involved in the industry for fewer than 10 years is likely to think a ‘transfer session’ means a football transfer window-inspired drinking...

Punch said it will pay tenants its share of the rebate as well as interest on both shares

Punch gives guidance to tenants on HMRC machine tax rebates

By Ellie Bothwell

Punch Taverns has reiterated its position regarding the “several hundred million pounds” collectively owed by pub operators in “overpaid” tax rebates, following more letters sent by HM Revenue & Customs to tenants.

Brewdog: How did the brewer and operator combat cumulative impact?

Legal advice: combating cumulative impact

By Poppleston Allen

The words ‘cumulative impact’ can strike fear into the hearts of operators across the land, particularly if they appear at a time when you are looking to start a new business or extend your hours. Those two little words instantly prompt thoughts of applications...

'Some licensees are considering whether it might be possible to create a separate assessment for a detached function room'


A guide to business rates

By Ian Sloan

Recent statistics reveal that more than 90% of councils have not informed firms they are able to back-date a claim under the Small Business Rates Relief scheme.

The Kings Head in Pulham St Mary has been closed since 2007

Pub owner wins appeal against ACV listing

By Ellie Bothwell

The owner of a pub that has been closed for seven years has successfully appealed the listing of his site as an asset of community value (ACV).

Operators will have to pay back the money, plus interest, within 30 days

HMRC demands return of pubs’ machine tax rebates

By Ellie Bothwell

Pub operators will shortly receive demands to pay back the “several hundred million pounds” collectively owed in “overpaid” tax rebates in 30 days, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed.

HMRC to pursue pubs for overpaid VAT

HMRC to pursue pubs for overpaid VAT

By Michelle Perrett

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to pursue pub operators and licensees to recover money previously paid out in overpaid VAT.

Media Protection Services in liquidation

Media Protection Services in liquidation

By Michelle Perrett

Media Protection Services (MPS), the company that was previously responsible for investigating and prosecuting licensees for the use of foreign satellites, has been placed into liquidation.

Business rates firm CVS is calling for a speeding up of appeals

Business rates appeal woe continues for pubs

By Helen Gilbert

Pubs in England and Wales continue to be caught up in the business rates appeals backlog with more than 5,000 licensees waiting for their 2010 appeal cases to be heard, the PMA has learned.

Licensee at the Grafton is to appeal a planning permission refusal

Licensee to appeal roof terrace plan refusal

By Gurjit Degun

A licensee is appealing a planning permission refusal for a roof terrace, even though he has been successful in extending his premises licence for the area.

Building works: the Government is looking at ways of making planning permission appeals easier

Pubs to see faster planning permission appeals

By Gurjit Degun

Licensees in England are a step closer to seeing a faster and more transparent approach to planning permission appeals, as the Government begins a consultation on the issue.

Bill shock: Many licensees have complained about the high cost of business rates for their pub

How pub business rates are calculated

By Michael Yass

Business rates are one of the highest costs for pubs, and many licensees disagree with how much they have to pay. So how does the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) work it out? Ratings surveyor Michael Yass, director at Chesterton Humberts, de-mystifies the...

HMRC to fight VAT gaming machine ruling

HMRC to fight VAT gaming machine ruling

By John Harrington

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that it will continue to contest the Rank Group’s claim for overpaid VAT on gaming machines.