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RICS Dilapidations Forum Conference

Conference London, 20 Sep 2018

Technical and practical advice on dilapidations disputes from valuation, surveying and legal perspectives

RICS Dilapidations Forum 2017 conference has now taken place. Register your interest to be the first to hear once 2018 date and programme have been confirmed.

Does new technology add value to building surveying? Read a short summary of the PropTech session from 2017 conference.

Want to get a feel for the conference? Watch highlights from 2017 Dilapidations Forum Conference.

“An excellent event… Great range of speakers delivering at a good level”

Dilapidations can be a legally and technically complex area of work. In 2017 we gathered together the leading experts in dilapidations to show you the critical updates, strategies and tactics that apply right now.

This meant you didn’t need to spend weeks and months of your precious time poring over current legislation, standards, papers and changes. We’ve condensed all that time into one day.

In its 12th year and chaired by Paul Spaven of TFT Consultants, the conference busted myths and offered the expert advice you need to succeed in your role. 

It’s about more than just dilapidations

Networking is a critical part of working in this sector, but as a busy professional it can be a struggle to find the time to do this effectively.

With this in mind, we set aside time in the day to give you a chance to catch up with your peers and network with our expert panel of speakers; for example, the two-course networking lunch (which is included in the price of your ticket) where you can enjoy a selection of tasty food while catching up with colleagues old and new.

As part of the conference we also brought together a group of key exhibitors. These were specially chosen to be relevant and of potential value to your business. 

Here’s a sample of what a delegates' day involved

The main purpose of the conference was to add value to your practice. Here’s some of what we covered:

  • Delegates discovered the current legal trends that could impact your business, with Zia Bhaloo QC of Enterprise Chambers, Nicholas Dowding QC of Malcolm Hollis, David Shortall of Alexander Reece Thomson and Chris Sullivan of Malcolm Hollis.
  • Delegates found out how drones help surveyors conduct their work more effectively, with Tom Willcock of Auster Aviation.
  • Delegates learnt the little-known techniques an experienced barrister uses when cross-examining an expert witness, featuring a real-time roleplay with David Holland QC at Landmark Chambers and Iain Feasey of Malcolm Hollis.
  • Delegates gained expert guidance on how to navigate the often-tricky path of expert determination, with Edward Shaw of Savills.
  • Delegates updated their understanding of RICS policy on conflicts of interest, with William Glassey and James Morris of Mayer Brown.

Our primary focus is on providing you an interesting, diverse and relevant range of subjects. In addition to an industry-leading group of speakers and content, you also had access to...

A great tool to make your day even more valuable

Last year we introduced the RICS conference app to enhance your conference experience, and it’s only available to people who register for the conference. In addition, our attendees received access to content maps. Find out more about the benefits of the conference app and mind maps.

The delegates also had a choice of three breakout sessions

The idea of the breakout session is to let you tailor your day to best meet your specific requirements in terms of your professional development.

Everyone has different areas they are particularly interested in, so we put together a choice of three value-packed breakout sessions:

  1. VALUATION with David Shortall, Partner, Alexander Reece Thomson, Simon Crust, Joint Founder, ProMission and Jon Rowling, Technical Partner at Tuffin Ferraby Taylor.
  2. MECHANICAL AND ENGINEERING with Steve Lemmon, Partner, Malcolm Hollis and Ray Faulkner, Director at iRed.
  3. TECHNOLOGY with David Bell, Chairman, GoReport,Tom Willcock, Founder of Auster Aviation and George Ballard, Director at GB Geotechnics Ltd.

What to do next

The 2017 conference is now over but if you're interested to hear more about this event next year, register your interest and we will keep you informed.

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A content map will be produced for each conference session and emailed to delegates after the conference. These visual records will capture the key information from the speakers’ presentation and any subsequent discussion.
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2017 Conference Programme

08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:00 Chairman’s introduction
Paul Spaven, Partner, TFT Consultants and Chairman, RICS Dilapidations Forum

09:10 Sponsor’s welcome
David Bell, Chairman, GoReport

09:15 Legal review and panel discussion: Trends in dilapidations
Chair: Zia Bhaloo QC, Enterprise Chambers
Nicholas Dowding QC, Consultant, Malcolm Hollis
David Shortall, Partner, Alexander Reece Thomson
Chris Sullivan, Partner, Malcolm Hollis

10:15 Concrete defects and dilapidations
Trevor Rushton, Technical Director, Watts Group

11:00 Networking refreshment break

11:30 Breakout session: Delegates choose between two parallel breakout sessions

Breakout session 1A: Valuation

•    At what stage is a Diminution Valuation required? How is the issue of diminution dealt with in preparing a Quantified Demand.
•    Should a Building Surveyor’s Scott Schedule response reflect the concept of supersession?
•    What is supersession and how does it arise? Limb 1 – Economic or Market Supersession, Limb 2 – Actual Supersession. 
•    R 22 Refrigerant – What is the approach to assessing diminution if the system is yielded up in a state of compliance, and out of compliance?
•    Consequential Losses and Loss of Rent – what is the test?
•    What is the correct starting point for Valuation A (Assuming Compliance) and Valuation B (In Actual Condition)
•    Can Limb 2 operate to eradicate a claim in part only? Firle Investments v Datapoint and Carmel v Strachan 
•    The measure of damages for non- repair breaches namely; reinstatement, decoration and statutory compliance.

Chairman: Brian Kilcoyne, Partner, Lewis Silkin
Simon Crust, Joint Founder, ProMission
Jon Rowling, Director, Goodrow Building Consultancy
David Shortall, Partner, Alexander Reece Thomson

Breakout session 1B: Mechanical and engineering
Mechanical and engineering update

  • Using technology, such as infra-red thermography or ultrasonic corrosion monitoring, to find defects or to defend a claim 
  • R22 all over again - this time it's the HFCs. The timetable for phase-out of greenhouse gases and what it means in practice 
  • Mind the gap: why is there a difference between the value of a dilapidations claim and the cost of a refurbishment? Some common pitfalls and how to avoid them

Steve Lemmon, Partner, Malcolm Hollis

Ray Faulkner, Director, iRed

Breakout session 1C: Technology
Chairman: Chris Sullivan, Partner, Malcolm Hollis

The role of PropTech in surveying: The capture and use of electronic survey data

  • The evolution of mobile data capture technology 
  • Using technology to capture site data: a change in work practice or a change in mindset? 
  • The value of reusable electronic data 
  • Relevance at the beginning, during and end of a lease 
  • Cutting costs, not corners: how technology can deliver real time savings

David Bell, Chairman, GoReport

The future of flying robots

  • Understand the legalities of using a UAV/drone in UK for commercial work
  • How can drones be used today for inspection and surveying? What are their limitations? 
  • What will be able to use drones for in the future?

Tom Willcock, Founder, Auster Aviation

Non destructive testing – can it help?
•    Technology verses eye sight
•    Practicalities
•    Value

George Ballard, Director, GB Geotechnics Limited

12:45 Networking Lunch

13:45 Maintaining your professional reputation: Dealing with cross-examination as an expert witness

  • Surveyors are often called into court to act as expert witnesses in complicated cases; but while you may be an expert surveyor, dealing with the pressure of cross-examination in court might come less naturally 
  • A roleplay session featuring a “cross-examination” between a barrister and a surveyor, giving you an insight into the “tricks” of the advocate’s trade, what might constitute a “robust” surveyor’s response … and what might not 
  • Explore the “dos and don’ts” of cross-examination and ensure that you articulate your points without getting bamboozled

Chair: Louise Clark, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys
Iain Feasey, Senior Associate, Malcolm Hollis
David Holland QC, Landmark Chambers

14:30 RICS policy on conflicts of interest

  • The need for reform of the rules on conflicts, and the 2015 RICS project 
  • An introduction to the RICS professional statement published 1 March 2017 
  • The structure of the professional statement 
  • Conflicts of interest: the principles and new rules 
  • Confidential information and its interaction with conflicts 
  • Worked examples in the dilapidations context

Will Glassey, Partner, Mayer Brown
James Morris, Senior Associate, Mayer Brown

14:55 The RICS dilapidations guidance note: A review, one year on

  • What were the main changes to the 7th Dilapidations guidance note? 
  • In practice, has the dilapidations process improved as a result of the changes? 
  • Are settlements being achieved any quicker? 
  • Could the guidance note be improved any further?

Neil Gilbert, Partner, TFT

15:10 An update on expert determination

  • Review of the various forms of ADR 
  • How the various forms suit differing types of dispute 
  • Focus on expert determination 
  • Review of the RICS scheme 
  • How can the profile of ADR be raised?

Edward Shaw, Director, Building & Project Consultancy, Savills

15:25 Networking refreshment break

15:45 Dilapidations from a client perspective: A fireside chat between landlord and tenant
Chairman: Matthew Ditchburn, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Nick Burgess, Managing Director, London & Cambridge Properties
Ian Griffiths, Group Estates Director, Connells Group

16:45 Close of conference & networking drinks reception