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CPD Day, Kent

Conference Ashford, 26 Jan 2018

A regional conference for the South East.

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Your regional conference is packed full of focussed CPD within land, property and the built environment. This well attended conference offers essential solutions to be implemented in your daily practice and provides you with a selection of break-out sessions tailored to meet your specific learning requirements.

This programme offers an essential round up of key developments in your region, allowing you to explore the potential challenges and opportunities facing your business.

Highlights of 2017:

  • Benchmark the economic performance of Kent and the south-east against the UK as a whole
  • Hear an update on RICS international standards work, including progress of the Property Measurement Standard
  • Gain essential insights on liquidated damages in construction contracts, section 106 obligations and minimum energy efficiency standards
  • Listen to experts on a range of key issues including a high-profile local infrastructure project case study, wayleaves and easements and the Housing and Planning Act 2016
  • 6 hours CPD learning

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.

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2017 Programme

08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Chair’s opening remarks
Julian Scannell, Chair, RICS Local Association Kent

Opening plenary

09:40 Keynote address: A regional economic update for the South-East
•    Latest economic forecasts from the Bank of England
•    Outlook for inflation and GDP growth
•    Emerging trends and drivers

Adam Bryan, Director, South East Local Enterprise Partnership
Sarah Nurden, Kent and Medway Economic Partnership

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 – Local infrastructure case study
•    An introduction to the case study – the Kentish Flats Extension Offshore Wind Farm (Highly Commended – Infrastructure category, RICS South East Awards 2016)

Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, Vattenfall Group 


1B – Exploring Section 106 obligations
•    Section 106 and CIL in the region
•    Utilising s. 106 in developments not fundable through CIL

Vicky Stoodley, Associate Director and Head of Planning, Whitehead Monckton


1C – Valuation update
•    Lessons learned from recent changes in market conditions
•    The role of the valuer in stabilizing the market

11:00 Networking refreshment break

11:30 – 12:15

Built Environment

2A – An update on Building Regulations
•    Changes to parts M, Q and R explained

Martin Burgess, Associate, Assent Building Control


2B – Wayleaves and easements
•    Utility companies’ use of wayleaves and easements
•    Negotiating wayleaves and easements
•    Utility companies’ statutory powers over private property
•    Compensation

David Hall, Partner and Head of Property Dispute Resolution, Furley Page Solicitors


2C – Landlord and tenant – case law update
•    New case law and case studies explained

Allis Beasley, Partner, Brachers

12:15 – 13:00

Built Environment

3A – Liquidated damages in construction contracts
•    Damages and penalties
•    Commercial practice
•    Practical examples and case studies

Tom Owen, Barrister, Keating Chambers


3B – Land disposal
•    HCA land disposal and development plan 2016 – 2017 detailed

Christopher Moore, Development Director – East and South East Team, Homes and Communities Agency


3C – A guide to leasehold enfranchisement
•    Tenants’ rights
•    Bases of valuation: price and premium
•    Case law and valuation update

Alison Sparks, Senior Associate, Thomson, Snell & Passmore

13:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:45

Afternoon keynote: RICS international standards work
•    Building on our reputation as the world's leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction
•    Why is this important to members?
•    A summary of work undertaken to produce a truly international suite of standards
•    International Property Measurement Standards – progress so far

Alexander Aronsohn, Director – Technical International Standards, RICS

14:45 – 15:25

Built Environment

4A – Game of drones
•    Commercial aerial drones
•    UK legislative environment
•    Practical applications for surveyors
•    Infrared thermography for building defects

Mike Edwards, Director, Ocuair Ltd


4B – Protected species
•    Identification of protected species
•    Legislation that may impact property development
•    Surveying and assessing approaches
•    Licensing requirements
•    Methods of mitigation

Daniel Hone, Principal Ecologist, Hone Ecology Ltd


4C – The Housing and Planning Act 2016 explained
•    Updates to the House and Planning Act
•    Self-build and custom house building
•    Implications for surveyors

Heidi Copland, Partner, DMH Stallard

15:25 Networking refreshment break

15:45 – 16:30

Built Environment

5A – Invasive species
•    Beyond Japanese Knotweed: should surveyors be worried about other non-native invasive plants in the UK?
•    Identification, property risks legal issues and effective treatment

Dr Paul Beckett, Director, Phlorum


5B – Adverse possession
•    Factual possession and necessary intention explained
•    Limitation periods
•    Prescriptive easements
•    Land registration issues


5C – Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in relation to Commercial Properties
•    The Green Deal and the original “no upfront cost” proposals
•    Which transactions MEES will apply to
•    What works landlords will be required to undertake
•    Exemptions
•    Enforcement and penalties
•    Practical implications

Peter Williams, Professional Support Lawyer, Shoosmiths

16:30 – 17:15

Built Environment

6A – Reinstatement cost assessments
•    Introduction to reinstatement cost assessments
•    Taking instructions and preparation for inspection
•    Collection of information and site inspection
•    Basis of assessment
•    Guidance and examples of good practice


6B – Valuation of land for renewable energy assets
•    Freehold and leasehold sites
•    Valuation challenges
•    Purpose of valuation and confirmation of instructions

Mark Newton, Partner, Fisher German


6C – Right to rent checks and renewals – a legal guide
•    Single new occupiers in HMO’s
•    ID guidance – how to spot a forged document
•    Penalties explained

Marion Money, Area Representative – Kent, National Landlords Association

17:15 Close of conference