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RICS Water Conference 2018

Join leading experts from water companies, regulators and government bodies as we discuss and debate the future of the water sector and the role surveyors can play in making the industry more resilient.

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Tue 27 Nov 2018
09:00 AM - 05:10 PM
Crowne Plaza Solihull, 61 Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3QD
5 hours formal CPD

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£200 + VAT


Population growth, urbanisation, climate change and development pressures all have serious impacts on how we use water and as a global professional body, we should be leading the way so as the profession can remain relevant in the face of these challenges.

Michael Gove’s 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment features key goals and policies around water; namely reducing flood risks, creating and sustaining wetlands to reduce flood risks, natural flood management, water abstraction, valuation of natural capital amongst others. These are all areas in which surveyors operate or advise on. Against this background, RICS has partnered up with the Environment Agency to launch the inaugural RICS Water Conference which will provide an opportunity for surveyors to engage with each other and share best practice in the water industry.

Build your 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.

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Highlights of the conference include:

  • Delivering long term environmental improvement
    Get to grips with the scope and ambition of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, a summary of key targets and how can the rural profession help leave the environment in a better place for future generations.
  • Natural Infrastructure Schemes in Practice
    Explore new markets for flood alleviation and water quality, how these lead to income streams for farmers and landowners and how well such schemes are working on the ground.
  • Water abstraction regime in England
    The Government is currently planning to reform water abstraction regime to protect the environment and improve access to water. Find out what the upcoming changes are, how and when they will be implemented and the overall approach to managing unsustainable abstraction.
  • Know your riparian rights
    Case law has shaped what rights riparian owners have over the use of water within a river or watercourses. This session will look closely at the latest case law, riparian owners’ rights and responsibilities and what impact these have on landowners.


To present the sessions, we have invited industry leading speakers, including:

  • Philip Wilbourn, CEO, Wilbourn & Co
  • Gerard Smith, Partner, Lacy Scott & Knight
  • George Simpson, Partner, Fisher German
  • Patrick Begg, Outdoors and Natural Resources Director, National Trust
  • Stewart Clarke, Freshwater and Estuaries National Specialist, National Trust
  • Peter Fox, Director of Water, Land and Biodiversity, Environment Agency
  • Senior representative, Water UK

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  • Roles and responsibilities of water companies
    What are the roles and responsibilities of water companies and how can working in partnership increase resilience? Hear from our speaker who delves further into the subject matter with some practical case studies and lessons learnt along the way.
  • Statutory powers of water companies – a view from Undertakers and landowners
    What powers do water companies have in relation to land and how can landowners be professionally represented to ensure minimal disturbance and recover fair compensation? Find out as this session seeks to address both perspectives.
  • Flooding, valuation and land
    The environmental challenges we face are unprecedent and the resulting implications and impact on property and land are quite significant. Find out how to undertake valuation in the face of environmental challenges and value considerations arising from flood risks.


Group discounts

  • Book three or more places and get 10% off
  • Book five or more places and get 15% off
  • Book seven 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.

  • RICS professionals £200 + VAT
  • Non-RICS professionals £270 + VAT
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