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RICS Dilapidations Forum Conference 2016

Conference London, 22 Sep 2016

Over 350 professionals attended our 2015's Dilapidations Forum Conference.

This year's Dilapidations Forum Conference has now passed. Register your interest to gain regular updates to the 2016 event. Please note the date and location is still to be confirmed.

Over 350 practicing building surveyors, valuers and legal experts in the sector attended our 2015's Dilapidations Forum Conference. This historical event featured choice of technical breakout sessions allowing attendees to gain detailed knowledge across a variety of dilapidations issues and providing you with exceptional value in your daily role.

At the event attendees had the opportunity to update their knowledge on important court cases, many of which our legal experts directly involved in such as Sunlife v Tiger and Hammersmatch. They were refreshed on the pitfalls in dilapidation survey and valuations with technical sessions on the schedule of condition, diminution valuation and technical building defects to ensure you are adhering to best practice.

With a variety of specialist topics for next year's programme, you cannot afford to miss the event and network with industry leaders.

Highlights for 2015's conference included:

  • Case law round up from the last 12 months with specific updates and guidance on common law loss and interpretation of contracts
  • Update on the incoming Energy Act and its impact on both landlord and tenant. Understand the meaning of “cost-effective works” and remediation coupled with a practical assessment on how EPC assessments are carried out regionally, supersession risk and time/cost analysis
  • Valuation speak easy including the top 5 pitfalls in diminution valuations with the authors of the related draft RICS Guidance Note and the acting legal experts involved on both sides of Sunlife vs Tiger and Saint Gobain v Hammersmatch a chance to understand S18 from all angles
  • Understand building defects in relation to cost and repairs; a core area for any building surveyor and one with inherent risk
  • Legal speakeasy with in-depth guidance on a range of legal complexities within dilapidations such as reinstatement, supersession and schedules of condition with practical case studies
  • Update on RICS guidance and standards for all practising surveyors including the RICS Expert Witness Scheme and mediation
  • B2B networking and drinks reception with industry colleagues including building surveyors, lawyers, valuers, engineers and other specialists
‘The annual RICS Dilapidations Conference is your chance to listen to the experts and to voice your opinions within the presence of your peers. I am looking forward to welcoming you to this seminal event in the Dilapidations specialist’s calendar.’


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2015's programme plenary

08:30 Registration and refreshments

Morning plenary

09:30 Chair’s welcome

Paul Spaven, Partner, TFT Consultants & Chair, RICS Dilapidations Forum

09:40 Case law round up

Emma Humphreys, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

10:10 Common law loss

  • Claims for consequential losses

Nic Taggart, Barrister, Landmark Chambers

10:40 Interpretation of contracts for dilapidations’ surveyors

Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC, Falcon Chambers

11:10 Refreshments

11:45-13:00 Breakout sessions: attendees to pick one session

1A: Impact of the Energy Act

Chair: Christopher Sullivan, Partner, Malcolm Hollis

11:45  Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard regulations (MEES) in relation to commercial properties

  • The Green Deal and the original “no upfront cost” proposals
  • Properties that are subject to MEES
  • Lettings that are subject to MEES
  • Meaning of “cost-effective works”
  • Exemptions
  • Enforcement and penalties
  • Landlord and tenant issues (including dilapidations issues)

Peter Williams, Founder, Falco Legal Training

12:20  Practical implications of the Energy Act

  • How are EPC assessments carried out?
  • The seven year rule
    • Regional outlook and approach: differences in Wales, England and Scotland
    • Improvements on sub-let space with case studies
    • What works are landlords expected to carry out in practice? Considering time, cost and ‘problem buildings’
    • Practical issues around different types of works: insulation, windows, boilers and lighting
    • Valuation and rental issues: Considering energy efficiency and the risk of supersession

Matt Lown, Partner, TFT Consultants

2A Valuation speakeasy

Session chair: Terry Davis, Partner, T N Davis Chartered Surveyors

 11:45  Update and progress on RICS Dilapidations Guidance Note - seventh edition

Terry Davis, Partner, T N Davis Chartered Surveyors

11:55  Discussion focus: important points regarding dilapidation diminution valuations

  • When do you need a valuer?
  • To what extent does a valuer need to consider or review the costs of works claim as assessed by a building surveyor? 
  • How should a valuer establish the hypothetical purchasers intentions?
  • Is S18(1) past its "sell by " date?
  • What is the difference between “repair” and “reinstatement” in valuation terms
  • Supersession:  is it a matter of valuation, building surveying or law?
  • The Sun Life v Tiger case: reflections and lessons learned from Counsel involved

Chair: Terry Davis, Partner, T N Davis Chartered Surveyors


David Gilbert, Director, Lambert Smith Hampton

Mark Wonnacott QC, Maitland Chambers

Andrew Outterside, Partner, Vail Williams  

Peter Beckett, Partner, Beckett and Kay

Charlotte Black, Barrister, Wilberforce Chambers  

12:50  Open Q&A with our panel of experts

*Attendees can pre-submit questions to Kelly Power at

13:00 Lunch

14:00-15:15   Breakout sessions: attendees to pick one session

1B Building defects in relation to cost and repairs

Chair: Paul Spaven, Partner, TFT Consultants & Chair, RICS Dilapidations Forum

14:00 Common building defects in dilapidations’ claims and how to correctly deal with them

Trevor Rushton, Technical Director, Watts Group PLC

Paul Spaven, Partner, TFT Consultants & Chair, RICS Dilapidations Forum

Andrew Tee, Principal, Tee Technical

14:45  M&E installations

  • Expensive installations which regularly feature in dilapidations claims
  • Boilers and electrical systems
  • Lifts and air conditionings

Stephen Lemmon, Partner & Building Services Engineer, Malcolm Hollis

2B Legal speakeasy

Chair: Brian Kilcoyne, Partner, Lewis Silkin LLP 

14:00 Discussion focus: Q&A session on legal complexities in dilapidations claims

  • Reinstatement ; claims under sub-leases, alterations and lease renewals
  • Repairing covenants; repair and condition, schedules of condition and the application of qualified repairing covenants  
  • Supersession/betterment: discussion on application
  • Quantified Demand:  are they being completed correctly?

Chair: Brian Kilcoyne, Partner, Lewis Silkin LLP

David Holland QC,
Landmark Chambers
James Rees,
Partner Bond Dickinson
Duncan Freeman,
Partner, Temple Bright LLP
Zia Bhaloo QC,
Enterprise Chambers
Christopher Sullivan,
Partner, Malcolm Hollis

*Attendees can pre-submit questions to Kelly Power at

15:15 Refreshments

Afternoon plenary

15:45 RICS Guidance and standards update

1. RICS Dilapidations Guidance Note – seventh edition
Jon Rowling, Director,
Goodrow Building Consultancy

2. RICS Dilapidations Dispute Resolution Scheme
Christopher Sullivan,
Partner, Malcolm Hollis

3. Mediation update
Jacqui Joyce,
Independent Mediator, Property Mediators and Working Party, RICS Mediation Guidance Note

4. RICS Certificate in Dilapidations
Martin Heffron,
Partner - dilapidations resolution consultancy, Cluttons LLP

16:20 Keynote address

Peter Bill, Author (Planet Property) & Real Estate Columnist, Estates Gazette

16:55 Chair’s close

Paul Spaven, Partner, TFT Consultants & Chair, RICS Dilapidations Forum

17:00 End of conference

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