Valuation Appeal Panel
Lothian Valuation Appeal Panel
The Panel members are independent of the Assessor, the Valuation Board and local Councils. The Secretary of the Panel is a Solicitor appointed by the Sheriff Principal for Lothian. The Secretary provides legal guidance for the Panel members.
The Panel hears appeals covering the Valuation Roll and Council Tax Valuation List and also Council Tax Liability appeals.
The table below shows the current panel members and Secretary
|Depute Charpersons||Robert Robertson
Jane A. Will
|Secretary||David J. C. Nicol|
|Assistant Secretary||Sheena West|
|Panel Members||Kathryn M. Blaikie
Melissa C. Bradley
John A. H. Butters
Robert F. Dale
Elaine B. Dick
John G. George
Gordon J. H. Hunter
Anthony G. D. Johnston
Hamish A. N. McKenzie
Andrew W. Reid
Edward A. Smith
You can check the current schedule of dates and the cases that have been cited to be heard, on our Hearings page.
At each hearing three to six panel members will listen to the case. If your case has been called for hearing, you will be sent a citation to appear at a venue which is usually in central Edinburgh. You will also be sent the contact details of the member of staff who has been passed your case, so that you can arrange to discuss the appeal before hearing.
Council Tax Appeals and Valuation Appeals have different procedures and regulations covering their disposal. Information sheets have been created to help Appellants understand the procedures involved. The Council Tax Appeal Guidance note can be viewed here and the Valuation Appeal Guidance note can be viewed here. Please contact my office if you have any further questions.
Hearings may also be digitally recorded.
The Secretary will send you and the Assessor a written decision if your appeal is heard by the Panel. The decision may also published on the Scottish Valuation Appeals Committees website.
If you or the Assessor disagree with the Panel’s decision either party can raise an appeal. Council Tax cases must be lodged with the Court of Session and Valuation Roll cases must be lodged with the Lands Valuation Appeal Court.
Legal advice should be sought before proceeding.