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RICS CPD Day, Birmingham

Conference Birmingham, 24 May 2017

Maintain, develop and broaden your knowledge and skills in just one day

This conference offers essential solutions that you will be able to implement into your daily practice and will provide you with a selection of break-out sessions that have been tailored to meet your specific learning requirements.

The programme offers an annual round up of local and national updates, allowing you to explore the potential challenges and opportunities facing your business. Our highly-technical sessions will ensure you are working to best practice standards to enhance your skills. The sessions are delivered by RICS practitioners, industry experts and practising surveyors.


RICS member full day rate
£150 + VAT
RICS member half day rate* £95 + VAT
Non-member full day rate £202.50 + VAT
Non-member half day rate* £128.25 + VAT

*If you wish to book a half day, please select either three morning sessions or three afternoon sessions and enter voucher code: VHR0000461 to obtain the correct 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 three or more booking at the same time from the same company receive a 10% discount. Five or more receive a 15% discount. Seven 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.

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2017 Programme

09:30 Chair’s opening remarks
Monique Royle, Associate Director, Licensed and Leisure, Colliers International

09:40 Opening keynote: West Midlands economic update
• Recent economic update for the region
• Business challenges and opportunities
• Key investment drivers
• Emerging themes
Paul Forrest, Director, West Midlands Economic Forum

Break-out sessions

Delegates select which session to attend from the Built environment, Property or Land options. For example, at 1015 please select 1A, 1B or 1C.

10:15 - 11:00

Built Environment
1A – Liquidated damages in construction contracts
• Damages and penalties
• Commercial practice
• Practical examples and case studies
Mark Robinson, Managing Associate and Victoria Ball, Senior Associate, Trowers & Hamlins LLP

1B – Contaminated land
• Buying contaminated land
• ‘Special sites’
• Costs of remedy
Richard Lawless, Unit Director, Geoenvironmental, Delta Simons

1C – Legislation changes in PRS
• Update to the recent RICS publication
• Summary of the legislative changes
• How will this impact landlords and tenants?
Tracey Hartley, Principal, Foundation Real Estate

11:00 Networking refreshment break

11:30 – 12:15

Built Environment
2A – Overview of traditional and contemporary repair solutions
• Survey Considerations
• Stone Restoration
• Terracotta Restoration
• Heritage Refurbishment
Lindsay Law, Commercial Manager of Quadriga Contracts Ltd

2B – Wayleaves and easements
• Statutory rights of utility companies
• How do wayleaves and easements differ across utility sectors
• Drafting the agreement through negotiation
• Compensation issues
Charles Hamer, Chairman, Gateley Hamer

2C – The Housing White Paper and the Housing and Planning Act 2016 – what you need to know
• Overview of updates to the House and Planning Act and the recently launched Housing White Paper
• Extension of right-to-buy explained
• Starter homes – supply and valuation
Stephen Morgan-Hyland, Planning Director, Lichfields

12:15 – 13:00

Built Environment
3A – BIM – local case studies
• BIM, what's it all about?
• Roles and small business involvement
• Technology advances in measurement and surveying
• Local case studies, challenges and benefits
Andy Green, Director, Faithful + Gould

3B – Adverse possession
• Factual possession and necessary intention explained
• Limitation periods
• Prescriptive easements
Laura Cole, Associate, Nabarro LLP

3C – Managing your commercial property assets
• Effective and innovative approaches to managing your property assets
• Case studies

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Afternoon keynote: Birmingham Gateway and Grand Central – a case study of regional regeneration

14:35 – 15:20

Built Environment
4A – Risk management in construction
• How to minimize potential threats
• Quantifying cost and performance
• Applying an effective risk management process in any construction project

4B – Planning law
• 2016 legal updates
• Update on S.106 obligations
• Case law update
Anna Cartledge, Senior Associate, Shoosmiths LLP

4C – A guide to leasehold enfranchisement
• Tenants’ rights
• Bases of valuation: price and premium
• Case law and valuation update

15:20 Networking refreshment break

15:40 – 16:25

Built Environment
5A – Modern building defects
• Common areas for defects
• Uncontrolled movement and cracking 
• Cladding systems and timber frame 
• Moisture issues

5B – Permitted development rights – latest updates
• Exemptions explained
Mark Dodds, National Head of Planning and Development, Lambert Smith Hampton

5C – Legal compliance for commercial property professionals
• Money laundering, terrorist finance and sanctions compliance – tackling the changes
• Anti-bribery
• Legal and regulatory issues
Sue Mawdsley, Partner, Legal Risk LLP

16:25 – 17:10

Built Environment
6A – Daylight, sunlight and overshadowing and rights of light explained
• Natural light calculations
• Considering common law and the planning system
• Risk assessments
Stephen Mealings, Director, Anstey Horne

6B – Land disposal
• HCA land disposal and development plan 2016 – 2017 detailed
Karl Tupling, General Manager, Midlands, Homes and Communities Agency

6C – Valuation of new build properties
• Update on latest RICS guidance
• Client instructions
• Reviewing the instructions
• Inspection and restricted inspections
• Planning, building regulations and other assumptions
• Assessing the property and the development
Neil McAndrew, Technical and QA Manager, Landmark Chartered Surveyors

17:10 Chairs closing remarks

17:20 Close of conference 

Price excl. VAT

£150.00 for RICS members

£202.50 for non-members

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