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Programme: RICS Rural Conference

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() 14 Mar 2018

Morning sessions

8:30: Registration and coffee

09:00: Chair’s Opening Remarks

Gerard Smith, Partner, Lacy Scott & Knight and Chairman, RICS Rural Professional Group

09:05: Agriculture and Brexit – challenges and opportunities

  • Irish and UK agricultural sectors
  • Potential Brexit implications
  • Impact of change on the agriculture sector, exports and the industry in general

09:45: Q&A

Dr Fiona Thorne, Senior Research Officer, Teagasc
Ian Bailey, Head of Rural Research, Savills

09:55: Clean Growth Strategy – leading the way to a low carbon future

  • Leadership and progress
  • Opportunities and challenges
  • Next steps

10:25: Q&A

10:35: Networking refreshment break

11:00: Renewable energy – what are the opportunities

  • Overview of renewable energy sectors in the UK
  • Renewable energy outlook
  • Batteries, grid and the capacity market
  • Other issues facing the sector

James Court, Head of Policy and External Affairs, Renewable Energy Association

11:30: Q&A

11:40: Taxation update

12:15: Q&A

David Chismon, Partner, Saffery Chapmness

12:25: Lunch

Afternoon sessions

13:40: Rural arbitration guidance

  • The recently published Rural Arbitration Guidance Note
    • relevance to members
    • relevance to clients
    • relevance to other professionals
    • arbitration procedures and process – the law and in practice
    • acting as arbitrator – who are they and what do they do
    • acting for a party to an arbitration – as advisor, advocate or expert
  • The Simplified Arbitration Scheme
  • TRIG recommendations to Defra to allow expert determination of disputes as an alternative to arbitration

14:10: Q&A

Philip Meade, RICS Registered Valuer, Davis Meade Property Consultants

14:20: Financing of farm businesses

  • Debt and equity finance
  • Security over agricultural assets
  • Guidance for distressed businesses

14:50: Q&A

Rachael Ruane, Partner, Burges Salmon

15:00: Networking refreshment break

15:20: Valuation of development land

  • Assessing the development potential
  • Valuing by the comparison method
  • Valuing by the residual method
  • The residual method
  • Assessing the land value
  • Reporting the valuation

15:50: Q&A

Robert Fourt, Partner, Gerald Eve

16:00: Compulsory purchase orders – compensation aspects

  • The Compensation code
  • Relevance of Town and Country Planning legislation
  • Compensation considerations
  • Standards of behaviour and competence

16:30: Q&A

Mark Warnett, Associate Partner, Carter Jonas
Charles Cowap, Principal Lecturer, Harper Adams University

16:10: Chair’s closing remarks

Gerard Smith, Partner, Lacy Scott & Knight and Chairman, RICS Rural Professional Group