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Business Rates & Lease Advisory Consultants

Maughan Mitchell is the trading name of Simon Maughan & Associates, an independent firm of chartered surveyors established in 1992 by Simon Maughan specialising in advising and representing clients in relation to Business Rates, commercial lease issues and property portfolio management. In February 2010 Chris Mitchell joined the practice and the trading name changed to Maughan Mitchell. We now have offices in Southampton and Bristol but are active throughout the country.

At Maughan Mitchell we focus on giving a professional but friendly personal service to our clients and place much emphasis on developing a mutually beneficial working relationship. Our objectives are to provide specialist knowledge on a highly informative basis in areas which can often be disruptive and time consuming to clients. Our key goal is to reduce property related costs.

Maughan Mitchell is regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and our surveyors are all qualified as Members of the RICS.

Business Rates & Lease Advisory Consultants

What We Do


Business Rates

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Lease Consultancy and Acquisition

Lease Consultancy and Acquisition

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Property Portfolio Management

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Business Rates is a specialist discipline requiring a depth of knowledge of Rating law, practice, procedures and the mechanics of the rating system. We have been successful in reducing rate payers liabilities by some £millions during the course of the 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and the current 2017 rating list across a diverse range of properties. This includes the realisation of substantial rates savings for conventional office, industrial and retail sector premises, in addition to specialist category properties such as public houses, restaurants, car showrooms, car parks, casinos, pyrotechnic compounds, residential show houses, marinas, ferry terminals, hotels and nightclubs.

On a predominantly performance related fee basis, with invariable opportunity to provide clients with free rating health check, Maughan Mitchell are well placed to extend their friendly specialist rating service to mitigating liabilities following the 2017 rates re-valuation.

Lease Consultancy is a compatible service provided to clients along with rating expertise necessitating in an extensive knowledge of lease covenants, rent review provisions, repairing obligations, landlord and tenant statutes and case law. Maughan Mitchell are therefore able to offer a high quality service to their clients in connection with rent review and lease renewal negotiations, pre-acquisition of leasehold premises and transactional management.

We provide solutions and strategies for landlords and tenants in connection with break-clauses and lease expiries, disputes, dilapidations issues and assignment or sub-letting scenarios. We have also been actively involved in a number of successful lease re-gear negotiations.

Our Asset Management service is for both property funds and private investors, focused on delivering enhanced income and capital growth. We provide a ‘one-stop’ service tailored to our clients’ needs, always seeking to maximise performance and returns through proactive and imaginative property management strategies and close liaison with tenants. We seek to identify and act upon opportunities for improved property performance as well as provide solutions to problems that can arise.

We deal extensively with industrial, office and retail sector property holdings that are occasionally geographically diverse adopting a ‘hands on’ approach whilst always focusing on the key goals of preserving and enhancing rental income and capital value.

What our clients say…

“We have used Maughan Mitchell extensively on Town Quay to provide landlord and tenant advice and undertake business rates appeal work over a number of years. They have provided us with a first class service throughout demonstrating a high level of expertise and close understanding of our aims and objectives which has enabled them to produce excellent results for us.”

Lex Hanham - Town Quay Manager, Associated British Ports

“Maughan Mitchell are unparalleled in the world of rates mitigation.  A tenacious, immensely knowledgeable and hugely likeable team who get solid results.”

Shelagh Doyle of Todd Doors

“Maughan Mitchell do a great job for us!”

Delicious Dining

“We have been professionally advised by Maughan Mitchell for 24 years.  A very successful partnership covering our expansion into both leasehold and purchase of factory premises.   Additionally, over these years our business rates have continued to be very successfully negotiated.”

Mike Bull - MD, Gordano Support Group

“As a residential developer the business of managing a commercial estate does not come naturally. Having Maughan Mitchell on our side was extremely beneficial not only from a day to day management perspective, but also when it came down to the specialised consultancy advice relating to lease negotiations, rent reviews and business rates mitigation on vacant units. Genuine, pro-active, expert, personable and highly recommended.”

Ben Boyce, Ashill Developments

Our Clients

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