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Promotions in Rating team at the Bristol office of Colliers International

Work of Rating team recognised with appointments to director and associate director

Two members of the Bristol office of real estate advisors Colliers International are among promotions that have been announced across the UK business.

Ben Batchelor-Wylam and Daniel Johnstone, both members of the Rating team covering the South West and South Wales, have been promoted to Director and Associate Director respectively.

Tim Davies, head of the Bristol office of Colliers International, said: “Rating is a key growth sector for the Bristol office of Colliers International, and I am delighted that the pivotal role Ben and Daniel have played in this has been recognised in these promotions.

“The complexities of the new business rates appeals system have resulted in unprecedented demands for professional guidance, and the expertise of our Rating team has been producing impressive results for businesses across a range of sectors.”

Ben Batchelor-Wylam studied BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management at Nottingham Trent University then started his career at a niche Mayfair-based investment firm in 2000, before moving to a partnership firm of Chartered Surveyors for three years during which he began working in Business Rates.  He joined the Colliers International rating team at their London office in 2005, and in 2008 relocated to set up the Rating team in Bristol which is now six-strong.

Daniel Johnstone joined the Bristol office of Colliers International in 2011 after graduating from Nottingham Trent University, where he had studied BSc (Hons) Real Estate Management , which included a one year placement at Domino’s Pizza UK and Ireland in their Estates department. This is his third promotion since joining Colliers.

Tony Horrell, UK CEO, of Colliers International, said: “We place great importance on developing talent from within and I’d like to personally congratulate all who have been promoted, and look forward to seeing them develop further as they continue on in their careers at Colliers International.”

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Ben Batchelor-Wylam




With over two decades of commercial property experience, most of which specialising in Business Rates, Ben's property knowledge is both diverse in terms of geography and asset type but also detailed.  Large, small, common and uncommon property types, ranging from ATM's to distribution centres from boat moorings to hospitals, each asset requires their own consideration and valuation.  

Ben is responsible for Colliers Business Rate appeal work in South West England and South Wales.  Having also worked in London's West End Ben has a unique perspective regionally and nationally.  

Clients include; property funds, developers, HNIs and occupiers from multinational PLCs to sole traders. 

In addtion to providing expert rating advice Ben also provides consultancy to businesses concerned about how to bring properties into assessment.  Ben also provides RV estimates and budget forecasts as well as rate audit and rate mitigation advice.  

Colliers Rating team typically shares the risk/reward with Clients.  As a result, fees are levied based on a percentage of the saving achieved which means Colliers are results driven and both Client and Colliers are mutually aligned to achieve the lowest rate liability possible.  Over the years this has afforded strong, collaborative, relationships of great personal value.   

Recent highlights include;

  • Regional HQ building - consent order to reduced an RV from £1,600,000 to £900,000 following an appeal to the High Court Lands Chamber.  
  • A client with multiple properties saved over £500,000 following work to get the assessments reducecd to RV £0 from a particularly advantageous date.
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Daniel Johnstone




I am a Chartered Surveyor specialising in business rates, with over 13 years experience in the industry.

Having joined the company as a Graduate Surveyor in June 2011, I was promoted to Director in early 2021.

I manage the portfolios of numerous businesses, ranging from independent ratepayers to large household-name retailers.

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Tony Horrell

Chief Executive Officer - UK and Ireland


London - West End

Tony is Chief Executive Officer, UK and Ireland.

Tony has been CEO for the UK and Ireland since 2010. He is responsible for the direction and growth of the UK business, which now employs over 900 people across 16 offices. His focus is on accelerating clients’ success locally and internationally through an enhanced level of service, whilst also retaining and recruiting some of the best talent in the commercial property sector.

Tony is a member of Colliers International’s EMEA Board and Global Senior Executive team, which sets the vision and strategy for the company.

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