Blake Penfold is an independent consultancy specialising in Business Rates advice.

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Blake Penfold BSc FRICS MCIArb


  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) University of London
  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)

Blake Penfold has more than 35 years’ experience as a rating consultant in private practice and has been involved with rating appeals in respect of all types of property throughout the United Kingdom and in the Irish Republic, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. As well as appeals before Valuation Tribunals and the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), he has been involved with appeals to the Court of Appeal and House of Lords on matters of rating law. He has also appeared before Local Valuation Appeal Committees in Scotland and as an expert witness in the High Court, at County Court, and in Magistrates’ Court proceedings in respect of business rates.

Blake began his career with H Brian Eve and Company (later Wilks Head & Eve) before joining Hillier Parker (now CBRE) and, most recently, headed the Business Rates team at GL Hearn for ten years. He is a former Chairman of the RICS Rating and Local Taxation Panel and represents RICS on the Valuation Tribunal for England Tribunal User Group and elsewhere, including giving evidence to the Parliamentary Scrutiny Committee on the Business Rates Supplements Bill. He is a past President of the Rating Surveyors’ Association and a former member of the Valuation Standards Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

His consultancy has expertise in all aspects of business rates from legislation to liability and all types of property. We also have experience from throughout the United Kingdom and in respect of property tax systems elsewhere.