Business rates expert Adam Francis has joined the Bristol office of commercial property specialist Colliers International as a director.

A member of the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation (IRRV), Mr Francis was previously a director at Goodman Nash. He has 16 years’ experience in auditing business property, and specialises in historic business rates audits.

He will be leading the Bristol Accurates team which sits within the Rating department at Colliers International and provides forensic examination of historic business rates payments to identify overpayments for clients.

Tim Davies, head of the Bristol office of Colliers International, which covers the South West and South Wales, said: “Colliers International is renowned for the business rates solutions provided by our Accurates team, and Adam’s extensive knowledge of auditing historic business rates cases will be invaluable to the expanding range of clients benefitting from this specialist service.

“The appointment of a professional of Adam’s calibre to the Accurates team will also create opportunities for Colliers to develop further the key growth sector of rating in the South West and South Wales.”

Mr Francis added: “Not only is Colliers International a market leader in forensic rating compliance auditing, but it has been responsible for shining a spotlight on the need for business rates reform through impressive campaigning.

“Joining such a highly-regarded global company with a UK rating specialism is a great opportunity for me, and I’m looking forward to helping the Accurates team make a real difference for businesses seeking to recover substantial sums of money that should not have been paid.”

PHOTO (left to right): Tim Davies, head of the Bristol office of Colliers International, with Adam Francis, who has joined as a director and will be leading the Bristol Accurates team in the Rating department.