Stewart has in excess of 15 years’ experience advising clients in respect of statutory valuation matters. After joining the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) in 2005, Stewart gained extensive experience settling business rates appeals across a range of different sectors and properties. In 2012 Stewart was asked to lead the VOA’s Central London Office Team, which involved the settlement of numerous high value office assessments in London’s West End and City. Stewart then moved on to the role of Appeal Team Leader – Central London, prior to taking a major role as Subject Matter Expert and Challenge Product Manager, in the VOA’s development of the new business rates appeal system Check, Challenge Appeal.
After leaving the VOA in 2016 Stewart joined GL Hearn’s CPO and Regeneration Team where he provided strategic advice to clients such as Sainsbury’s, Asda, Severn Trent Water, John Lewis, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, London Borough of Wandsworth and the Richmond Housing Partnership in respect of compulsory purchase matters, valuation and land assembly.
Stewart has acted as an expert witness on a number of occasions in both the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and the Valuation Tribunal England. In addition, Stewart is an active member of the RICS and acts as Chairperson / Assessor for their Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) interviews.
- Business Rates
- Compulsory Purchase and Site Assembly
- Business rates strategy and assessment reviews
- Appeal submissions and negotiation of rateable value levels
- Rates mitigation strategies
- Site assembly
- Compulsory Purchase
- Lease advisory matters
- Planning & Development Viability