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RICS CPD Day, Newcastle

Conference Newcastle, 11 Feb 2017

A regional conference for the North East

The 2016 date has now passed. Register your interest in the 2017 CPD Day.

Your regional conference is packed full of focused CPD within land, property and the built environment. This well attended conference offered essential solutions that delegates would be able to implement into your daily practice and provides you with a selection of break-out sessions tailored to meet your specific learning requirements. 

This programme offered an essential round up of key developments in your region, allowing delegates to explore the potential challenges and opportunities facing your business. Ensure you are working to best practice standards with sessions, case-studies and legal updates relating to planning law, landlord and tenant mediation, regional economic performance, PDRs, commercial property legal update, CDM regulations, local case studies, construction law and admin update, expert witness, viability, EPCs and more.

Last year, over 190 delegates attended this annual growing programme featuring carefully selected topics appropriate to the needs for the North East's land, built environment and property sector. Delegates came from a variety of organisations enabling excellent networking and learning opportunities.

"Again the 2015 North East CPD programme proved to be a great day for maintaining one's knowledge to deliver the best to our firms and clients, and also keeping in contact with old friends from all spheres and hearing their challenges. The great underlying theme was that we are coming out of the recession and starting to see many previously thwarted plans come on stream throughout the North. I look forward to 2016 and the market changes ahead within my specialism of the licensed sector and look forward to yet another great RICS CPD day to kick off the year."

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*If you wish to book a Half day, please select either 3 morning sessions or 3 afternoon sessions and enter voucher code: VHR0000161 to obtain that rate. This voucher code is to be used on Half Day bookings only.

Group discounts
RICS recognises the value of learning in teams. Groups of 3 or more booking at the same time from the same company receive a 10% discount. 5 or more receive a 15% discount. 7 or more receive a 20% discount. Only one discount available per person. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer from RICS Conferences. To take advantage of our group discounts please call +44 (0)20 7695 1600.

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09:00       Registration and refreshments

09:20       Chair’s opening remarks
David Furniss
, BNP Paribas & Chair, RICS North East Regional Board             

09:30       Opening keynote: Regional economic and growth update
Dr Walter Boettcher
, Director, Research and Forecasting, Colliers  

Break-out sessions

Delegates select which session to attend from the Built environment, Property or Land options. 
For example, at 10:10 please select 1A, 1B or 1C.

10:10       Break-out Sessions 1

1-A Customer led housing, new build and offsite

  • An overview of the trends and agenda in the Newcastle area
  • Key case studies: design aspects and projects
  • Benefits to the community and client
  • Challenges: what’s being done to stimulate the take up?

Jon Sawyer, Director, Igloo

1-B Planning law update

  • Section 106 appeals and cases
  • Case law update
  • Implications for surveyors

Neil Robson, Partner, Ward Hadaway

1-C Money laundering: surveyors at risk

  • Gaining an awareness
  • Options for mitigating the risks
  • Legislation

Andrew Swan, Partner, Head of Regulation & Financial Crime, Short Richardson &

11:00       Networking refreshments

11:20       Break-out Sessions 2

2-A Letters of intent

  • What is it and why use it?
  • Binding or non-binding
  • Key legal considerations and examples

Graham Sutton, Associate Solicitor, Hay & Kilner
Jan Rzedzian
, Solicitor, Hay & Kilner 

2-B Permitted development rights: application in a conversion scenario

  • Assessing the different types of PDRs to aid conversions
  • Considering best and most economical change of use
  • Working with local authorities and communities

Allison Blakeway, Director, Evolution PDR

2-C EPCs and minimum energy efficiency standards

  • Overview of the Energy Act 2011 and MEES
  • Properties subject to MEES
  • Key ‘need to knows’ if your property is subject to MEES
  • Exemptions

Nick Parrott, Director, WHP Limited

12:00       Break-out Sessions 3                                     

3-A CDM regulation changes

  • New obligations
  • Role changes
  • Essentials to know

Jonathan Crockett, National Operations Manager, Aedis CDM

3-B  Viability in planning: understanding the key issues

  • Maintaining viability and the current political landscape
  • Meeting targets: inefficiency in the system
  • Site wide versus area wide challenges
  • CIL
  • Land use options

Atam Verdi, Director, Aspinall Verdi

3-C Commercial property landlord and tenant mediation

  • Approaches to challenging landlord and tenant scenarios
  • L&T mediation and the surveyor’s role
  • Compulsory mediation
  • RICS Mediation Guidance Note, 1st edition    

Richard Stubbs, Trinity Chambers                     

13:00       Lunch                                                                                    

13:45       Afternoon keynote: RICS Futures: War for talent and key challenges for the profession                       

  • RICS Futures work & challenges ahead for the profession
  • Winning the war for talent

Matthew Howell, Managing Director, UK, RICS

14:25      Break-out Sessions 4

4-A Inclusive design, space and access

  • Equality Act and regulation update
  • Consideration for space – design and refurb
  • Access to space and environment

Simone West, Access Consultant, Atkins Global

4-B Environmental legal updates and case law

  • Land
  • Flooding
  • Fracking & other energy issues
  • Invasive species

Lyn Dario, Associate, Planning & Environment, Shulmans

4-C Valuation updates and lending

  • Valuation Commission update
  • Liability and PII
  • Valuation and long term issues 

Peter Eustance, Account Manager, CoStar

15:10      Networking refreshments

15:30     Break-out Sessions 5

5-A Construction law and contract administration

  • Improving your contract administration
  • Contentious issues arising in construction
  • Recent case law update

Rob Langley, Partner, Muckle

5-B Boundaries and disputes        

  • How do boundary issues arise?
  • Key legal aspects to know
  • Evidence requirements
  • Surveyor’s role in a dispute scenario

Peter Stafford, Partner, Cartmells
Caroline Smith, Solicitor, Cartmells

5-C Commercial property refurbishment: RICS Award Winning case study

  •  Managing the project
  • Unique aspects to the refurbishment/redevelopment and learnings
  • Key successes and value aspects

 Chris Hale, Design Manager, S Harrison developments

16:15      Break-out Sessions 5                     

6A- Construction procurement issues

  • Procurement procedure updates
  • Principles for awarding your contracts
  • Possible irregular and unacceptable aspects tenders
  • Innovation partnerships 

Steven James, Partner, Burges Salmon LLP 

6-B Nuisance revisited: gaining legal clarity and case law

  • What and who is a nuisance?
  • Case law update

Charles Morgan, Barrister,  4- 5 Gray’s In

6-C Commercial property legal update

  • Break clauses and options
  • Case law and legal issues update

Thomas Pearson, Partner, JMW Solicitors
Richard Glover, Associate, JMW Solicitors

17:00      Close of conference