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Dilapidations Forum conference - north

The RICS Dilapidations Forum Conference comes to the North in 2020 to provide critical updates for practising building surveyors, valuers and legal experts.

Debating the key valuation, technical and legal topics for the dilapidations professional

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Tue 4 Feb 2020
08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Hilton Deansgate, 303 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ
5.5 hours formal CPD
£245 + VAT


Chaired by Chris Sullivan from Hollis, this event showcases leading experts giving high-level perspectives on key valuation, technical and legal topics every dilapidations professional should know about. It will provide you with a unique opportunity to understand legal essentials, refresh your practical knowledge and understand dilapidations from various jurisdictions and sectors.

The day includes breakout sessions offering either a Valuation or Technical stream and we have set aside an exhibition space for you to explore the latest offerings for dilapidations professionals.


The event will feature several interactive and demonstrative sessions to showcase best practice and for you to get involved and bring your questions to our expert speakers. 

These include:

  • A mock mediation
  • Panel debate on the future of leased commercial property
  • Afternoon discussion with two QCs
  • Interactive mediation skills for dilapidations professionals

Network with more than 200 attendees and receive the very latest updates to ensure you remain at the forefront of this complex area of practice.

Want to sponsor future talent?

Do you have APC candidates or newly qualified surveyors in your firm looking to further their career in building surveying and/or dilapidations? Why not sponsor their place at the event? We are heavily subsidising the cost making each ticket only £50. Should you sponsor ten or more tickets, you will be listed as a “Supporter of emerging talent”.

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Morning Sessions

Opening keynote address
Bryan Johnston (former Chair of the Property Litigation Association) will look at the work RICS and PLA have done on the dilapidations protocol. He will also give a brief view from the court, including legal updates, alternative dispute resolution and cladding claims.

International jurisdictions
How could we improve the way we go about dilapidations claims? Are inclusive rents better? Alison Hardy (Ashurst LLP) and Mark Tatlow (CBRE) will explore how dilapidation claims are handled elsewhere in the world and discuss learnings you could use in your own practice.

Difficult issues for the valuer
Simon Crust (ProMission), Tony Guthrie (GeraldEve) and Nicholas Dowding QC, (Hollis) will use a series of real world scenarios to tackle the common problems encountered by valuers, including the extent of the reversionary interest, sub-tenancies and properties for which there is little or no demand. This will lead into a panel discussion, giving you both the legal and valuation perspectives on the topic.

Technical updates for dilapidations professionals
Receive the latest mechanical and electrical services engineering update from Marc Hill (TFT), including practical guidance and key things to consider in your practice. This year includes the impact of statutory compliance and the risk and considerations of non-visual defects.

Technical Due Diligence paper
David Mann (TFT) will give an overview of the latest RICS guidance note on Technical Due Diligence, which is essential for building surveyors to ensure best practice and avoid getting sued from disappointed clients.

Afternoon Sessions

Mediation skills for dilapidations professionals
This practical session, led by Gary Webber and Sara Benbow (The Property Mediators), will give you crucial mediation skills to have those difficult conversations, artfully negotiate and solve conflicts in your daily practice. If you thought this was your post-lunch snooze slot – think again!

Afternoon panel discussion
Two barristers, Janet Bignell QC (Falcon Chambers) and Julian Greenhill QC (Wilberforce Chambers) will look at common legal issues, including Court v Arbitration – the pros and cons, along with the Expert’s role and Specific Performance, rightly rare?
Delegates are encouraged to participate in this lively discussion

Afternoon panel debate: What is the future of leased commercial premises in the UK?
Brexit deal or no deal, dilapidations will continue to feature in commercial premises. So what are the external factors that may influence the dilapidations market? What are the pros and cons of traditional leases vs flexible leases? What do client’s want? Graham Chase (University of Westminster), Tom Sleigh (Colliers International) and Tarrant Parsons (RICS) will debate the future of leased commercial premises, including the retail and office market perspectives.

Mock mediation
This interactive session will bring a case to life, looking at key issues that present themselves during mediation. Two solicitors, Saleem Fazal (Taylor Wessing LLP) and Kate Andrews (Hamlins LLP), two building surveyors, Alex Charlesworth (Cushman & Wakefield) and Ed Shaw (Savills) and other speakers from the day playing the valuers and clients, will demonstrate best practice in this lively closing session.

Build your surveying network

You’ve told us that networking is an important part of your conference experience. So, we’ve set aside times in the day to give you a chance to network with like-minded professionals, including your peers and our expert panel of speakers. One of these is a two-course hot lunch while you connect with colleagues old and new.

As part of our conference exhibition, sector-specific exhibitors will introduce the latest products and services to you to add value to your business.


Group bookings:

  • Book 3 or more places and get 10% off
  • Book 5 or more places and get 15% off
  • Book 7 or more places and get 20% off

Only one discount available per booking. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer from RICS.

  • Standard Price RICS Professionals £245 + VAT
  • Non-RICS Professionals £330.75 + VAT
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