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Monday, 19 November 2018

Property Law Update


A summary of the LRA 2002 reform followed by current Law Commission projects on leasehold law reform and electronic... Read more

Monday, 5 November 2018, Deal or No Deal ?

DEAL OR NO DEAL?

An expert view on the looming economic and political risks for the commercial real estate market

Neil Parker

Market... Read more

26 June 2018, Legal Indemnities Update

Legal Indemnities Update

Are you aware of all the options available for legal indemnity insurance?  Times have moved on!

 

Read more

Events

We provide highly engaging, well prepared, events - at interesting venues, with topics aligned to members’ areas of interest. We consistently attract high quality speakers from large property companies, organisations and others in the property sector. These have included; British Land, the Olympic Park Legacy Company, NAMA, Aberdeen Asset Management and Crossrail. Most events will be relevant to and count as part of members’ Continuing Competence record, being the replacement regime for CPD since 1st November 2016.

Our audience is primarily CRELA members, but for some events, we encourage the invitation of guests, who are typically other lawyers, surveyors or anyone else relevant to our members’ work. Events are usually followed by networking sessions over drinks - so members can enjoy meeting former colleagues and others in relaxed circumstances. This can lead to commercial opportunities, as our members may refer work on conflict or other, to those whom they know and trust.

Events

Monday, 19 November 2018

Property Law Update


A summary of the LRA 2002 reform followed by current Law Commission projects on leasehold law reform and electronic execution of documents.

The slides can be viewed here.

3 topics in a 90-minute session on issues relevant to commercial real estate practitioners presented by

Professor Nick Hopkins, Law Commissioner

Stephen Lewis, Law Commissioner

Siobhan McKeering, Law Commission Lawyer

The Topics

LRA 2002 REFORM UPDATE
by Professor Nick Hopkins
A summary of some key recommendations in the Law Commission’s Report on Updating the Land Registration Act 2002 and consideration of what happens next.

LEASEHOLD LAW REFORM
by Professor Nick Hopkins
An introduction to the Law Commission’s current work to reform residential leasehold and commonhold announced as part of its 13th Programme of Law Reform. Following an overview of the Law Commission’s work in this area, the presentation will provide a summary of the provisional proposals for reform of enfranchisement in the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper, Leasehold Home Ownership: buying your freehold or extending your lease, the consultation period for which is open until 20 November. The presentation will then give a preview of key issues in the forthcoming consultation on commonhold.
Professor Nick Hopkins is Law Commissioner for Property, Family and Trust Law and Professor of Law at the University of Reading. He was appointed Law Commissioner on 1 October 2015. He was lead Commissioner for the Land Registration Act project, and he is leading the Commission’s work on enfranchisement and commonhold. He is an academic member of the Property Bar Association and an Honorary Bencher at Middle Temple.

ELECTRONIC EXECUTION OF DOCUMENTS
by Stephen Lewis and Siobhan McKeering
A discussion of the Law Commission’s project on the electronic execution of documents. The presentation will provide a summary of the provisional conclusions on the validity of electronic signatures, and proposals for reform in the Law Commission’s consultation paper on the electronic execution of documents. The consultation period for this project is open until 23 November.
Stephen Lewis is an experienced City solicitor, and he was appointed as Commissioner for commercial and common law on 1 January 2015. His work at the Law Commission has included projects on insurance, consumer pre-payments on retailer insolvency, and bills of sale. Previously, he was a consultant at Clyde and Co, working within the firm’s international insurance and reinsurance group. He joined Clyde and Co after almost 20 years as a partner at Clifford Chance.

Siobhan McKeering is a lawyer in the Commercial and Common Law team at the Law Commission. Siobhan has recently started work on the Law Commission’s scoping study into the use of smart contracts to execute legal contracts under the law of England and Wales. Siobhan is a dual-qualified solicitor in England and Wales and New South Wales.

 

Monday, 5 November 2018, Deal or No Deal ?

DEAL OR NO DEAL?

An expert view on the looming economic and political risks for the commercial real estate market

Neil Parker

Market Strategist, NatWest Markets

The slides can be viewed here.

Synopsis

Neil presented his thoughts on the economic outlook (both in the UK and globally), interest rates, Brexit and the scenarios still available and also on the challenges and opportunities facing the commercial real estate sector.

Neil Parker joined The Royal Bank of Scotland in 1995 having graduated with a BA Hons in economics and a Masters degree in international economics. He has worked for RBS for 23 years, currently as part of the FX Desk Strategy team, and during that time he has specialised in UK economic analysis, the Euroland economy and also FX and interest rate markets. He currently offers his thoughts and opinions regarding the economies of the G10, interest rate and foreign exchange markets. In this capacity, Neil regularly speaks at corporate events and seminars, hosts a regular monthly conference call for clients, attends client meetings and writes research on all of these subjects for clients.

 

 

26 June 2018, Legal Indemnities Update

Legal Indemnities Update

Are you aware of all the options available for legal indemnity insurance?  Times have moved on!

 

Speakers

Josh Dennis

Trevor Barnett

  DUAL Asset Underwriting

followed by drinks

Venue: 1 Friar Street, Reading RG1 1DA

kindly hosted by

Blandy & Blandy LLP

Members are encouraged to invite guests

Non-members are also welcome

Attendance free

This session will cover the following

  • Legal indemnities through the years
  • Practicalities of legal indemnities – restrictive covenants, access, mines and minerals, easements etc
  • Known v unknown risk cover
  • Development risks covers
  • Case studies
  • Legal indemnity claims – the acid test

 

The Speakers

Josh Dennis started his career in underwriting at Countrywide Legal Indemnities in May 2014 before joining Dual in July 2015. In just a short space of time he has demonstrated his technical potential and commercial awareness and become a fully independent and motivated underwriter.

Josh has dealt with a mixture of residential and commercial title risks including restrictive covenants/title conditions, easements, defective leases, contaminated land and possessory title, allowing him to consider a wide range of real estate issues from continued use to developments within the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland.

Trevor Barnett enjoyed a 27-year career in residential lending holding a number of senior managerial & underwriting positions with several of the UK’s largest banks and building societies.

Trevor currently manages a portfolio of law firm client relationships across England & Wales developing residential & commercial property business and has been instrumental in profiling My Legal Indemnity Shop, the first legal indemnity comparison site in the UK.

 

Timings

5.00 pm          Registration opens

5.45 pm         Presentation begins

6.45/7 pm      End of questions. Adjourn for drinks and discussion

7.30 pm          Close

To book places, RSVP to booking@tpsnorfolk.co.uk using the booking form here.

North West Event, 16 May 2018, The New Electronics Communications Code

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 (starting at 6 pm)

The new Electronic Communications Code, the importance of robust digital infrastructure in modern buildings and the Standardised Wayleave Kit.

Three talks addressed different aspects of modern communications.  The slides can be accessed here.

Speakers

Oliver Radley-Gardner, Falcon Chambers

Tom McClellan, WiredScore

Alison Hardy, Ashurst LLP

The New Electronic Communications Code

by Oliver Radley-Gardner, Falcon Chambers

The Electronic Communications Code sets out the regime that governs the rights of designated electronic communications operators to maintain infrastructure on public and private land.  The Law Commission’s review of the Code in 2013 described the previous code, which dated from 2003, as “complex and confusing, … inconsistent with other legislation, and … not up-to-date with modern technology.”  A revision of the Code, based largely – but not entirely – on the Law Commission’s recommendations, was brought into force on 28 December 2017, while people were still relaxing over the Christmas break.   Oliver Radley-Gardner will outline the main changes that are contained in the Code for owners and operators.

Oliver Radley-Gardner is a barrister at Falcon Chambers, dealing with all aspects of real estate litigation, including associated negligence and insolvency matters.  He regularly advises on, and acts in cases under, the Electronic Communications Code.  He is the co-author of Adverse Possession (2nd ed), Commercial and Residential Service Charges, Fisher and Lightwood on Mortgages and Fundamental Texts on European Private Law (2nd ed).

 

The importance of robust digital infrastructure in modern buildings and the benefits of Wired Certification

by Tom McClellan, WiredScore

Wired Certification, developed by WiredScore, champions the modern-day necessity for cutting-edge technology in commercial real estate by providing the definitive benchmark for the digital connectivity of commercial buildings. WiredScore launched Wired Certification in 2013 in partnership with Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York. Following success in the US, WiredScore won the Greater London Authority’s tender to be the official Mayor of London Digital Connectivity Rating Scheme in October 2015. To date, more than 350 million square feet of commercial real estate in more than 1,000 buildings have been Wired Certified globally.

In an increasingly tech-driven economy, connectivity is fast becoming the most critical factor for tenants when selecting office space. The widely recognised Wired Certification seal is a trusted symbol that identifies buildings that have been independently certified to provide the best-in-class connectivity infrastructure that businesses require to thrive. For more information on Wired Certification or to find Wired Certified buildings, visit: http://wiredscore.com/

Tom McClellan joined WiredScore in 2017 to run the company’s expansion across the United Kingdom & Ireland, including their launch in Dublin in May last year, and has been supporting landlords and developers in enhancing the connectivity of their assets. Previously, Tom worked in commercial real estate investment and portfolio management working across a range of funds and portfolios of assets across the UK.

 

The Standardised Wayleave Toolkit

by Alison Hardy, Ashurst LLP

The City of London Corporation recently launched a standardised wayleave toolkit, the result of detailed negotiations between London’s main developers, landlords, broadband operators, property managers, government, law firms and key trade associations.  This wayleave is being adopted across the country.  Alison Hardy, who was a member of the drafting team, will provide a brief introduction to the documentation and how it is expected to speed up transactions.  She’ll also tell you about some proposals for a standard form mobile telecoms lease for greenfield and rooftop sites. 

Alison Hardy is the Immediate Past Chair of the Property Litigation Association.  She is a partner in the property litigation practice at Ashurst LLP, London.  Her practice focuses on advising a range of clients including developers, telecoms companies, investment funds, commercial landlords, occupational tenants and retailers on their property disputes.

 

Tuesday 30 January 2018, Cybercrime Awareness

Held at Simmon & Simmons LLP,  CityPoint,  One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS.

The event slides can be viewed by clicking here. A write up of the event can be viewed by clicking here.

Rob Shapland is an ethical hacker with over 8 years’ experience conducting penetration tests for hundreds of organisations, from small businesses to major international organisations. He specialises in simulating advanced cyber attacks against corporate networks, combining technical attacks with his other hobby of dressing up and tricking his way into company headquarters using social engineering techniques. He is also a regular speaker at events and conferences around Europe, and recently appeared on ITV as their cyber security adviser. He holds qualifications from SANS, Offensive Security and CREST, and has been trained in social engineering techniques by Chris Hadnagy, one of the world's leading practitioners and researchers.

 

Wednesday 15 November 2017, Cybercrime Awareness

Postponed to January 2018.

Wednesday 18 October 2017, Wine Tasting

The Chairs of CRELA and PLA (Robert Highmore and Alison Hardy respectively) invite you to join them for an evening of networking with wine-tasting overlooking the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

Don’t miss this opportunity to mix with property colleagues over a glass of wine with one of the best views in London.

This event is in aid of LandAid. Instead of an attendance fee, you are invited to make a donation to LandAid.  Robert and Alison suggest that £25 per head would be appropriate.

 

Thursday 7 September 2017 Tax Issues Event

TAX ISSUES

for commercial real estate lawyers

Speaker

Michael Thomas, Barrister, Pump Court Tax Chambers

Venue:

The Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Manchester Town Hall

(Albert Square, Manchester M2 5DB)

Admission free for this inaugural event in Manchester

Open to all those engaged in commercial real estate

(The Commercial Real Estate Legal Association aims to encourage the sharing of ideas and best practice amongst like-minded professionals. This is the first of what is hoped will be many events arranged for lawyers in Manchester, Liverpool and the North-west region generally. Please come along to meet us and to learn what we are about and how participation in the Association can benefit you.)

To celebrate our inaugural event, we are proud to welcome eminent barrister Michael Thomas from Pump Court Tax Chambers to address us on common issues affecting SDLT and VAT.

 In “Tax Issues”, Michael Thomas will be discussing some tricky areas where tax can make a real difference to the manner in which a transaction is structured, focusing specifically on

- Buying and selling investment properties

- Sales of SPV Companies

- Development transactions: issues for vendors and developers

- Introduction to tax structures

- Common pitfalls and risk management

Michael will also be considering issues arising in relation to Stamp Duty Land Tax, Value Added Tax and the Construction Industry Scheme.

The talk is intended as an overview of the tax issues which real estate lawyers should be aware of and how to start dealing with them.

Michael Thomas advises and litigates in relation to all areas of the UK tax code.  His practice covers business tax, private client work and VAT.  He has a particular interest in property tax and has been involved in some of the UK’s largest real estate transactions and development projects. Chambers’ Bar Guide has said that “he has a strong tax record of success in tax litigation” and that he is “ahead of the game when it comes to property taxation”.  He is the author of “Stamp Duty Land Tax” (Cambridge University Press).

 

 

Wednesday 7th June 2017, Tax Issues for commercial real estate lawyers

Speaker: Michael Thomas, Barrister

Venue: Pump Court Tax Chambers, 16 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4EF

In “Tax Issues for commercial real estate lawyers”, Michael Thomas will be discussing some tricky areas where tax can make a real difference to the manner in which a transaction is structured, focusing specifically on

- Buying and selling investment properties

- Sales of SPV companies

- Development transactions: issues for sellers and developers

- Introduction to tax structures

- Common pitfalls and risk management

Michael will also be considering issues arising in relation to Stamp Duty Land Tax, Value Added Tax and the Construction Industry Scheme.

The talk is intended as an overview of the tax issues which real estate lawyers should be aware of and how to start dealing with them.

Michael Thomas advises and litigates in relation to all areas of the UK tax code.  His practice covers business tax, private client work and VAT.  He has a particular interest in property tax and has been involved in some of the UK’s largest real estate transactions and development projects. Chambers’ Bar Guide has said that “he has a strong tax record of success in tax litigation” and that he is “ahead of the game when it comes to property taxation”.  He is the author of “Stamp Duty Land Tax” (Cambridge University Press).

 

Thursday, 18th May 2017, The Crown Estate

The Crown Estate, Windsor Great Park

Speaker

Paul Sedgwick, Deputy Ranger, Windsor Great Park

The Windsor estate covers approximately 6,400 hectares, stretching from Windsor Castle in the north, to Camberley in the south, a distance of some 16 km (10 m). The estate includes Windsor Great Park, the Home Park of Windsor Castle, extensive forests, residential and commercial properties, golf courses, Ascot racecourse and let farms. Windsor Great Park is one of the country’s most visited tourist attractions, welcoming around 5 million visitors a year.

Within his role at Windsor, Paul Sedgwick reports to the Ranger of the Great Park, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and also to The Crown Estate.

Paul provided an overview of The Crown Estate as a whole entity and focused on the Windsor estate as one of the largest rural estate assets in the country, including the challenges of running a rural estate in a sub-urban environment under The Crown Estate Act, and the opportunities and constraints that this poses.

Paul 's examples included business leases, all the way through to the complexities of the collaborative agreement on the Ascot High Street Redevelopment Project and talked through the depth and breadth of the commercial portfolio at Windsor, and the relationships with our tenants.

Paul Sedgwick was appointed Deputy Ranger of the Windsor estate in 2014, and manages a team of around 180, covering activities such as property management, tourism, horticulture, marketing, grounds maintenance and forestry. A qualified chartered surveyor, Paul was previously a partner with Strutt and Parker, managed the Duke of Wellington’s StratfieldSaye estate, and also managed Lord Iliffe’s estate at Yattendon. He remains a Non-Executive Director at StratfieldSaye.

The event slides can be viewed here.

Thursday 23 February 2017, Inaugural event in Manchester

The inaugural event for the North West branch of the Commercial Real Estate Legal Association (CRELA) got underway on 23 February. The presentation was to be given by Michael Thomas of Pump Court Tax Chambers concerning VAT and SDLT. However following the widespread travel disruption caused by Storm Doris the event was hastily reimagined whilst many delegates from London, Liverpool and Leeds were forced to withdraw including Michael Thomas.

However, the show went on and the tax seminar was substituted for a brief seminar on property due diligence given by Jon Pearson-Basudev. The event was well attended under the circumstances and achieved delegates from firms including JMW, Irwin Mitchell, Kuits, MLP, Eversheds and Hill Dickinson. 

The event was opened by Jon Pearson-Basudev who welcomed the survivors of Storm Doris to the Central Library in Manchester and thanked them for coming out. Tribute was paid to the CRELA London Committee who had hoped to be present, but had been adversely affected by the disruption and the significant role that they had played in organising the evening. Jon went on to outline that CRELA in the North West would be whatever our members in the North West made it.

CRELA will engage, stimulate and challenge its members in the North West through its choice of speakers, topics and interesting venues. The aim will be to challenge members to think differently about the way that we do our jobs promoting specialist, non-contentious, commercial real estate skills and providing a forum for members to share knowledge and information.

This would retain a focus on matters directly affecting the North West.  The CRELA website contains further information concerning the organisation’s objectives. To this aim topics on the impact of the Northern Powerhouse and the role of Liverpool 2 can be expected. Following the pace of development in Manchester we would also hope to introduce presentations on rights of light and CRELA would welcome the input of its members in selecting topics and speakers for future events. Jon urged the audience to become involved in the organisation and to join as members to help shape the future of CRELA in the North West.

Then followed the presentation on property due diligence which focused on the work that goes into investigating a property outside of the negotiation of the purchase agreement or lease. The presentation also covered how good property due diligence can sometimes not only assist in a purchase, but can also be used to expedite a sale. 

After the presentation drinks and canapés were enjoyed and the delegates were given the chance to get to know one another. Feedback from attendees has been excellent and there is widespread interest in the North West community to develop CRELA further.

CRELA hope to reschedule the tax event for the near future and further details of this shall be released closer to the time. CRELA would, once again, like to thank those delegates who were able to attend.

Wednesday 22 February 2017, Connectivity

Three talks were given addressing different aspects of modern communications, which was of interest to everyone involved in the development, letting and management of commercial property.

For the event's slides and notes:

 - please click here for Tom Redmayne's slides

 - please click here for Oliver Radley-Gardner's slides and here for his related handout

 - please click here for Alison Hardy's slides

Speakers

Tom Redmayne, WiredScore

Oliver Radley-Gardner, Falcon Chambers

Alison Hardy, Squire Patton Boggs LLP

 

The Benefits of Wired Certification

by Tom Redmayne, WiredScore

WiredScore is the pre-eminent international platform that rates and provides transparency on the infrastructure, connectivity and technological capacity of office buildings. It was first developed in New York in 2013 by leaders in real estate, technology and telecommunications – including Google and Cisco, and with endorsement from Mayor Bloomberg – with the goal of improving the city’s technology infrastructure.

Launched last year with an endorsement from the Mayor of London, WiredScore has brought its connectivity certification programme to the UK to stimulate conversation around commercial property connectivity, and to provide developers and landlords with a trusted mark to demonstrate their best-in-class technology infrastructure.

Since its UK launch, the introduction of Wired Certification for London’s commercial buildings has been met with enthusiasm from occupiers, landlords, developers and office leasing agents alike, with over 20m sq ft of commercial buildings and developments already committed to the certification programme. Those actively supporting the scheme include some of property’s leading developers, asset managers and occupiers including Derwent London, British Land, Blackstone and Legal & General. WiredScore has certified over 300m sq ft in the UK and the US.

The session explained the benefits of Wired Certification.

Tom Redmayne is Director of Business Development for WiredScore in the UK. Previously Tom worked on the Global Tech Team at Cushman & Wakefield, spending time in San Francisco and Hong Kong looking at technologies changing real estate. Alongside his colleague, William Newton, he was placed seventh on Estates Gazette’s Power List 2016 and was named Estates Gazette’s Rising Star 2016.

 

The Proposed New Electronic Communications Code

by Oliver Radley-Gardner, Falcon Chambers

The Electronic Communications Code sets out the regime that governs the rights of designated electronic communications operators to maintain infrastructure on public and private land. The Law Commission’s review of the Code in 2013 described the current code, which dates from 2003, as “complex and confusing, … inconsistent with other legislation, and … not up-to-date with modern technology.” A proposed revision of the Code, based largely – but not entirely – on the Law Commission’s recommendations, is contained in the Digital Economy Bill currently in the House of Commons. Oliver Radley-Gardner outlined the main changes that are expected to be contained in the Code for owners and operators.

Oliver Radley-Gardner is a barrister at Falcon Chambers, dealing with all aspects of real estate litigation, including associated negligence and insolvency matters. He regularly advises on, and acts in cases under, the Electronic Communications Code. He is the co-author of Adverse Possession (2nd ed), Commercial and Residential Service Charges, Fisher and Lightwood on Mortgages and Fundamental Texts on European Private Law (2nd ed).

 

The Standardised Wayleave Toolkit

by Alison Hardy, Squire Patton Boggs LLP

The City of London Corporation recently launched a standardised wayleave toolkit, the result of detailed negotiations between London’s main developers, landlords, broadband operators, property managers, government, law firms and key trade associations. Alison Hardy, who was a member of the drafting team, provided a brief introduction to the documentation and how it is expected to speed up transactions.

Alison is the chair of the Property Litigation Association. She is a property litigation partner at Squire Patton Boggs LLP based in the firm’s London office. Her practice focuses on advising a range of clients including developers, telecoms companies, investment funds, commercial landlords, occupational tenants and retailers on their property disputes.

 

13 June - 8 July 2016, The Law Commission Regional Roadshow

The Law Commission’s Regional Roadshow – at 8 locations

Consultation on proposed changes to the Land Registration Act 2002 - a 90-minute briefing including the opportunity to ask questions

Speakers

Professor Nick Hopkins, Law Commissioner

Sarah Dawe, Lawyer at the Law Commission

The Law Commission has published a wide ranging consultation paper on the Land Registration Act 2002. Professor Nick Hopkins and Sarah Dawe from the Law Commission outlined the key issues raised by this technical and important subject for practitioners. The presentation included an explanation of the Commission’s proposals relating to the registration of easements, the protection of other third party rights on the register (including the procedure for the entry of notices), priority rules, adverse possession, and Land Registry’s indemnity scheme.

Professor Nick Hopkins is the Commissioner for Property, Family and Trust Law at the Law Commission. He is also Professor of Law at the University of Reading, and has published extensively on property law. Sarah Dawe is a lawyer at the Law Commission. She has practised as a commercial property solicitor and more recently has worked as a professional support lawyer for a large law firm.

The consultation period officially ended on 30 June.

 

Wednesday 8 June 2016, CRELA/PLA Event

Joint event with the Property Litigation Association (PLA)

The first joint PLA and CRELA event took place on 8 June 2016 and was a great success.

The event was a seminar concerning the Law Commission's Land Registration Consultation, and both organisations were honoured to have the Law Commissioner, Professor Nick Hopkins and Sarah Dawe of the Law Commission providing key note speeches on the scope and purpose of the Law Commission's extensive Consultation on Land Registration.

The Law Commission is also conscious of market and legal concerns arising from the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995. This was further explored by Peter Williams on behalf of CRELA who updated the PLA and CRELA on the recent EMI case concerning whether a tenant can assign to a guarantor and the problems arising from that and other relevant decisions.  The slides can be viewed by clicking here.

Bryan Johnston on behalf of the PLA then addressed a potential solution that has been formulated by the PLA. Bryan highlighted the extensive work undertaken by the PLA's Law Reform Committee in drafting proposed amendments to the LTCA 95 and then obtaining industry support from the BPF,BRC and PBA for the proposals as well as lobbying government via DCLG in respect of these proposals.

A copy of the Briefing Paper submitted to government by the PLA can be viewed by clicking here.

Further materials available at the seminar will be available on the PLA's website.

The chairs of both organisations, Keith Conway and Robert Highmore also spoke, emphasising the importance of the links between both organisations and setting out their aims for future collaboration between CRELA and the PLA. It is hoped that this is the first of many joint initiatives undertaken by both organisations who play a vital role in representing the voice of real estate legal practice

 

Thursday 12 May 2016 - Lawrence Bernstein

HOW TO DELIVER A GREAT SPEECH OR PRESENTATION

by Lawrence Bernstein, Great Speech Writing

So many speeches, pitches and presentations are handicapped by dry content and “wooden” delivery, leaving audiences totally underwhelmed.

There is room for improvement in us all, and so learn how to plan, write, edit and deliver your speeches and presentations better.

The Speaker

Lawrence Bernstein is one of the top speech writers in the UK. His clients include senior politicians in the UK and Europe, CEOs of FTSE 100 companies, world champions and high-level administrators from the world of sport, top-ranking people at NGOs across the globe, and many leaders of tomorrow.

Lawrence runs a business that provides speeches and presentations for international conferences, high-profile events, think tanks, dinners and a wide-range of social occasions.

You can visit his blog here.

 

 

 

Regional Event, Thames Valley Region - Thursday 17 March 2016

The CRELA (Thames Valley) regional group will be holding an event on Thursday 17 March 2016 (starting at 5.30 pm).

The event will focus on the issues, challenges and opportunities commercial property professionals in this region encounter, combined with some valuable networking. We hope you can make it. 

Event Details:

Date:     Thursday, 17 March 2016

Timing:  Registration 5.00pm 

             Speakers 5.30-6.30pm

             Refreshments and networking until 7.30pm

Place:    Shoosmiths Offices, Reading

Price:    CRELA Members - Free

             Non Members - £25    (Annual CRELA membership fee)

Speakers

James Brown, Partner, ShrimplinBrown -Why Planning is now at the centre of the Political agenda

 

  1. Planning is a focal point in the Conservative Government’s Agenda - Drive to build 1 million new homes by 2020, major infrastructure projects - Crossrail, HS2 etc 
  2. Planning in the Thames Valley - Which authorities are on top of the growth agenda, who is lagging behind, challenges and opportunities
  3. What are the Government doing to encourage growth
  4. Potential obstacles

 

Peter Williams, Professional Support Lawyer, Shoosmiths - Commercial Property Update

 

  1. RICS Property Measurement, First Edition – a new code of measuring practice.  This includes new mandatory international standards for measuring office buildings. 
  2. Forthcoming changes to accounting rules for leases.  From 2019 organisations are going to have to bring lease obligations onto their balance sheets.  Shorter leases will have a lesser effect so perhaps average lease lengths will be dropping further.
  3. The importance of replying honestly to enquiries before contract: the lessons to learn from Greenridge Luton One Ltd v Kempton Investments Ltd

To register to attend this event, or for more details, please contact:

Melissa Baxter

E: melissabaxter@cliftoningram.co.uk

T: 0118 912 0210

 

10 February 2016, Canal and riverside development

Canal and riverside development – challenges and opportunities

An event which focused on the issues – both legal and practical – affecting owners and developers of land adjacent to our canals and rivers in a 90-minute presentation by

The Canal & River Trust

James Lazarus, Head of Property Development

James outlined how the Trust’s Development Team manage, churn and grow its £500 million+ property portfolio and explained how the Trust works with joint venture partners on developing waterside schemes, both large and small, using developments in Docklands, Icknield Port Loop (in Edgbaston) and Brentford as examples.

Julie Smith, Trust Solicitor

Julie outlined a number of legal issues that will be of interest to lawyers and surveyors including adjoining landowners’ responsibilities; how works agreements are used to protect canals; issues involved when bridging canals; environmental issues and water supply and discharges.

Richard Mercer, Head of Utilities

Richard provided an introduction to the Canal & River Trust, its conversion in 2012 from a nationalised industry into one of the largest charities in the UK and its plans for the future.

Richard also talked about a number of exciting commercial opportunities for the Trust including using water from canals for heating and cooling new buildings; using waterways as a heat source and the Trust’s involvement in renewable energy developments and innovative drainage solutions.

The event slides can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

Monday, 12 October 2015 - Commercial Real Estate Update

Energy

Two current issues around energy in a 90-minute session on current commercial real estate issues presented by:

Peter Williams, Falco Legal Training

Charles Woollam, Sustainable Investment & Asset Management (SIAM)

David Thomas, Savills

The Topics

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard Regulations

by Peter Williams and Charles Woollam

From April 2018, it will be unlawful for a landlord to let a property with an EPC rating below E unless all possible cost-effective energy efficiency improvements have been made, or one of the exemptions applies.

What are the practical implications, and what do landlords need to do at this stage?

The session comprised an overview of the forthcoming Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations so far as they relate to commercial properties.

Peter Williams is the Head PSL at Shoosmiths LLP. Formerly a partner in the commercial property group at Norton Rose, he then worked as a Professional Support Lawyer for almost twenty years, first at Simmons & Simmons and then at Eversheds. Peter has written and lectured for organisations including Estates Gazette, Landlord & Tenant Review, Professional Conferences and the CPD Foundation and he was a member of the working group that advised the Government on the implementation of the MEES regulations in relation to commercial property.

Charles Woollam is a Chartered Surveyor and a partner at Sustainable Investment & Asset Management LLP (SIAM), a consultancy he co-founded in 2009 to advise owners of investment properties on the financial implications of sustainability-related issues. Charles was also a member of the working group that advised the Government on the implementation of the MEES regulations in relation to commercial property. He was also a co-author of the Green Construction Board’s research publication “Mapping the Impacts of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Real Estate”.

EU Heat Network Regulations

by David Thomas

These regulations apply to properties – both commercial and residential – where tenants are supplied with heating, cooling or hot water through a district heating system or communal heating. Where it is technically feasible and cost-effective to do so, owners of such properties are now required to install meters to measure individual tenants’ consumption. In addition, detailed technical information about all such systems needs to be provided to the National Measurement and Regulation Office by the end of this year. This talk will explain the legal requirements and the practical implications for landlords.

David Thomas is an Expert Energy Auditor, ESOS Lead Assessor and Certified Measurement and Verification Practitioner. He has 20 years’ experience as an energy consultant, providing both strategy and policy support as well as site surveys. He is currently managing the process for heat network registration for over 300 properties, covering both district heating and communal heating systems, and both commercial and residential properties.

The event slides can viewed by clicking on the following links:

P William slides

C Woollam slides

D Thomas slides

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 - Olympic Park Visit

A progress update on Olympic & Paralympic Legacy.

30-minute presentation was followed by a guided tour of the Park by Mark Robinson, Head of External Affairs, London Legacy Development Corporation.

Legacy is the promise that secured the Games for London.  Just 3 days after the Paralympic Closing Ceremony in 2012, CRELA members visited to be shown, by way of a presentation and viewing from the LLDC rooftop, how legacy would be delivered in the context of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park real estate.  3 years on and the Park is now open.

Mark Robinson talked about

  • the work to transform the Park from its Games-time mode to its long-term use
  • the successful re-opening of the permanent sporting venues
  • the development of the first housing on the Park
  • the creation of the new business district in the former Press and Broadcast Centres
  • plans to create a new culture and higher education quarter in the south of the Park. 

Mark Robinson has worked for LLDC since June 2012 and has had first-hand experience of all aspects of the Park’s transformation and future development plans. His work involves managing the intense media scrutiny of the Park’s programme, particularly the transformation and re-opening of the Stadium, as well as overseeing the Legacy Corporation’s responses to political scrutiny.

 

INAUGURAL THAMES VALLEY CRELA EVENT Wokingham Thursday 19 March 2015

Law firms Clifton Ingram, Field Seymour Parkes, Mercers, Allan Janes and Colemans (amongst others) met for the inaugural Thames Valley CRELA Event on Thursday 19 March 2015 from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm.  The event was held at Clifton Ingram’s office in Wokingham.

CRELA’s Thames Valley group will focus on the issues, challenges and opportunities that commercial property professionals in the region encounter, combined with some valuable networking.

The inaugural event featured presentations from two accomplished speakers:

Dr Ashley Bowes, a barrister at Guildford Chambers, is a recognised expert in planning law and procedure.  Ashley spoke on “The top five things every property lawyer should know on planning”, including community infrastructure levy (CIL) and planning obligations.

Peter Williams is a former professional support lawyer at Eversheds and now at Shoosmiths.  Peter gave an update on various commercial landlord and tenant issues, including the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard regulations that take effect in 2018 and the new Model Commercial Lease.  Peter has been personally involved in both these developments.

 

23 April 2015, Commercial Real Estate Update

Topics:

This update covered: Land Registration, Stamp Duty Land Tax changes and The Model Commercial Lease.

Speakers:

Prof Elizabeth Cooke, Law Commission

Richard Smith, Brodies LLP

Peter Williams, Falco Legal Training

The slides can be viewed by clicking on the following links :

Prof. E Cooke slides 

R Smith slides

P Williams slides 

2 December 2014, Social media - You mean it's just a conversation?

On 2 December 2014 Helen Hammond, Managing Director at Elephant Creative, discussed a selection of the most important social media tools available commercially and exposed some of the myths about the audiences currently using them and their roles within traditional legal marketing and business development. Lawyers using social media to underpin cross-selling, client care and business development were explored as well as thought-leadership, PR and knowledge management.  The slides can be accessed by clicking here. A summary of the talk by Peter Williams of Falco Legal Training can be viewed here.

8th October 2014, Development and the City of London Corporation - assisting or interfering?

The event notes may be viewed by clicking these links: -

Peter Bennett's notes

Neil Paterson's notes.

Peter Bennett, The City Surveyor, City of London Corporation and Neil Paterson, Head of Project Management, Land Securities

Peter Bennett: The City Surveyor

Peter has been the City Surveyor since January 2008 and previously Deputy City Surveyor since 1990.  The City Surveyor is a role that dates back to 1478 and, in addition to being responsible for the City of London’s operational properties (such as the Guildhall and Mansion House), the City Surveyor manages the City Property Advisory Team which aims to find and retain premises for businesses in the City and oversees activity relating to commercial property and construction owned by the Corporation.

Peter will talk about the City Corporation and its position as a unique authority providing services across London and not just in the City.  He will explain the Corporation’s property holdings - around 20% of the property in the City and also extensive holdings in the West End and Midtown areas of London - and how it uses its influence and powers to assist the property market, in particular in relation to rights of light and compulsory purchase issues to progress approved development.

Neil Paterson:  Land Securities Group plc

Neil joined Land Securities in 2004, and he is Head of Project Management of the London Portfolio with responsibility for the delivery of the London portfolio projects, including New Street Square, Wood Street, One New Change, 20 Fenchurch Street, 1 & 2 New Ludgate and several pre-application schemes in the City, Westminster and Southwark.

Neil has kindly agreed to present a case study of 20 Fenchurch Street (colloquially known as the “Walkie Talkie”) and the issues Land Securities encountered in developing that site and its unique structure.  Part of the case study will explain the S237 process that was used by the City Corporation to appropriate the site for development purposes.

 

Lawyer Monthly May 2014

CRELA Chairman, Robert Highmore, was interviewed by The Lawyer recently about the setting up of CRELA, its aims, objectives and aspirations.

You can access the article here.  

23 June 2014, AGM

This year's AGM will be held at the London office of Charles Russell, 5 Fleet Place, London EC4M 7RD.

The AGM will start at 6pm.

19 May 2014, Talk by Professor Barry Gilbertson

Professor Barry Gilbertson on "The Relevance and Risk of Real Estate in the Corporate World”.

As we emerge from the recession (albeit at different speeds around the country) company boards, executive management and, importantly, their lawyers and other advisers are wrestling with complex challenges in deciding whether property holdings are an asset or a liability, and how to optimise the risk management of real estate resources.

Professor Barry Gilbertson has more than 40 years’ experience in the real estate arena, with expertise in property, strategy and risk, all the while specialising in strategic solutions for real estate in a business context. Working on cases like Wembley Stadium, Canary Wharf, Enron, McCarthy & Stone and Lehman Brothers has given Barry a unique insight into the relationship between corporates, both large and small/medium enterprise (SME), and their property portfolios.

Kindly hosted by: Savills, 33 Margaret Street, London W1. 

10 March 2014, Capital Allowances, Chancel Repair Liability & RICS Service Charge Code

Three topical subjects were explored at this event.

Andy White, AECOM (Davis Langdon and previously as Crosher & James) -  Capital Allowances rules applicable to the sale & purchase of commercial property

Peter Williams, Falco Legal Training -  Chancel Repair Liability – still causing problems

Peter Williams is a freelance legal trainer, writer and lecturer at Falco Legal Training. Formerly a partner in the commercial property group at Norton Rose, he then worked as a Professional Support Lawyer for almost twenty years, first at Simmons & Simmons and then at Eversheds. Peter also writes and lectures for other organisations including Estates Gazette, Landlord & Tenant Review and the CPD Foundation.

Sue Highmore, Practical Law Company -  RICS Commercial Service Charge Code – changes in the 3rd Edition

Sue Highmore joined Practical Law Property in 2009, having previously headed up Linklaters’ Real Estate PSL service, with particular interest in training and precedent development. Sue also writes for Estates Gazette and Landlord & Tenant Review and lectures for Practical Law, RICS and other organisations.

Kindly hosted by Hogan Lovells International LLP.

4 December 2013, Free Training Event at SGH Martineau, Birmingham

3 speakers Taryn Nixon (Museum of London Archaeology), Sue Highmore (PLC) and Peter Williams (legal trainer, writer and lecturer) presented on the following topics.

For a link to the seminar notes members can log into the Members' Area.

Taryn Nixon, Chief Executive, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology): “It’s only a matter of time…  Turning archaeological risk into client value”

Archaeology is a well-established material consideration in the planning process and, developers spend an estimate GB£100m on direct archaeology costs each year in the UK. Archaeologists have learned to be risk managers. There are now new opportunities under the National Planning Policy Framework and latest heritage guidance to manage risk positively to deliver real value for new schemes. In this talk, Taryn Nixon will outline the heritage management framework in England alongside MOLA’s top tips for making heritage an asset.

Taryn Nixon is the Chief Executive of MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), which provides independent advice and services in archaeology and built heritage across the UK. Taryn has over 30 years' experience of commercial archaeology and heritage consultancy, in the UK and overseas. Her passion is for using the past to help build for the future by engaging neighbourhoods in understanding and celebrating place. Taryn is a former Chair of the Institute for Archaeologists and has served on a number of committees including CABE’s Design Review Panel, and English Heritage's London Advisory Committee.

PLC Property’s Sue Highmore, will be speaking on green leases - "50 Shades Of Green"

Mainstream property lawyers cannot avoid “green issues”, but it is often difficult to identify which are truly relevant to their practice. Sue will guide you through the maze of green lease clauses, EPC changes, the Green Deal, Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Flood Re, helping you identify the consequential changes to drafting of both leases and contracts.

Sue Highmore qualified into the Real Estate Department of Linklaters in September 1983, handling investment work, major development projects and advising landlords and tenants of commercial property. From 2002 she headed up the Real Estate PSL service, with particular interest in training and precedent development. Sue joined PLC Property in August 2009.

Peter Williams -  "Ten House of Lords' decisions you need to remember"

Until 2009, the House of Lords was the highest court in the land, and yet some of the cases it considered raised fairly basic questions of property or landlord and tenant law.  In this talk Peter Williams will consider ten decisions from the House of Lords that every property lawyer needs to remember.

Peter Williams was admitted as a solicitor in 1983.  Formerly a partner in the commercial property group at Norton Rose, he then worked as a Professional Support Lawyer for almost twenty years, first at Simmons & Simmons and then at Eversheds.   

Peter is currently a freelance legal trainer, writer and lecturer.  He writes and lectures for various organisations including Estates Gazette, Landlord & Tenant Review, CRELA and the CPD Foundation.  

20 November 2013, Talk by English Heritage

On 20th November 2013, David Tomback of English Heritage kindly agreed to lead a discussion on the issues that are presently affecting the profession and, indeed, society when dealing with Heritage.

A "Guide to Heritage Protection in England" may be viewed by clicking here. It is the second most popular part of English Heritage's professional website.

30 September 2013, Joint Seminar with the Chancery Bar Association

On 30th September 2013, CRELA held a joint seminar with the Chancery Bar Association at The Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln Inn Fields, London with updates on the Telecommunications Code and the recent case of Marks and Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd and another [2013].

The Hon Mr Justice Morgan, who was the presiding judge in the Marks and Spencer case, chaired the event and the speakers were Professor Elizabeth Cooke of the Law Commission, Nicholas Taggert of Landmark Chambers and Patrick Rolfe of 5 Stone Buildings. 

For a link to the seminar notes members can log into the Members' Area.

25 June 2013, AGM

Minutes of CRELA's 2013 Annual General Meeting are available in the Members' Area.

25 April 2013, Museum of London

Your Past, Our Future - Archaeology and development in the City of London

presented by Taryn Nixon Chief Executive MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) kindly hosted by The Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2
This was an interesting talk discussing the latest thinking around archaeology in the planning and construction process under the NPPF, where it is both an obligation and a heritage asset. The talk drew on the extraordinary results from MOLA’s current excavations at the site of the Roman Temple of Mithras in the City of London. This is one of MOLA's most important and challenging archaeological excavations ever and highlights how multidisciplinary collaboration is managing the risk, unearthing our rich heritage and using it to strengthen our sense of place for the future.

31 January 2013, Sustainability @ The Wellcome Collection

SUSTAINABILITY – Martyn McCarthy, Director of Business Operations and Sustainability, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC gave an interesting
introduction to Aberdeen Asset Management PLC and, as a third party asset manager, the extensive client property portfolios worldwide which it
has under management.
Members and their guests were also treated to a tour of the venue, The Wellcome Collection.

15 November 2012, Crossrail

"Crossrail" - a talk by Ian Lindsay, Land and Property Director of Crossrail was an interesting insight into the biggest engineering project in Europe.

Kindly hosted by Willis at The Willis Building.

9 October 2012, Regional Event - Birmingham, NAMA

The first Regional CRELA event -  "NAMA (National Asset Management Agency) - the new player in UK property" was a great success.  It was a repeat of the event held in London in May 2012 (described by one member who attended as "exactly the reason why I joined CRELA").

Held at 1 Colmore Square, Birmingham B4 6AA (offices of SGH Martineau).

12 September 2012, Olympic and Paralympic Legacy

Just 3 days after the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games, Duncan Innes, who spoke to CRELA members in July 2011, provided a thoroughly informative talk about his experiences and the challenges ahead to ensure legacy in relation to the Olympic Park.
Duncan outlined next steps for the Olympic Park.  

12 July 2012, AGM

On 12th July 2012 our AGM took place at the offices of Charles Russell LLP to whom go our thanks for providing the venue. The minutes of the AGM and the 2012 Annual Report can be found in the Members' Area of the website.

13 June 2012, Law Commission on Easements

On 13th June, Professor Elizabeth Cooke, the Law Commissioner who heads the Property, Family and Trust Team, gave members and guests an interesting and informative talk on the Law Commission's 2011 Report on easements, covenants and profits � prendre. Our President, Lord Justice Lewison also attended and heard that the report makes recommendations to simplify, modernise and enhance the law in this field. These rights are essential to the effective use of land and are relied upon by a significant proportion of property owners in England and Wales (as distinct from servitudes in Scotland which are entirely separate). Parts of the current law are clearly ancient, contradictory and unfit for modern society, and the report recommends reform where it is required yet simultaneously preservation of aspects which function correctly.
The Law Commission's recommendations will not affect validity and enforceability of existing rights and there is clearly more to follow on this in the future.

17 May 2012, NAMA

There was a great attendance at the offices of Knight Frank LLP in Baker Street to listen to our three guest speakers Paul McDowell, (Managing Director and Head of Investment of Knight Frank in Ireland), Elaine Tooke, (Proprietary Partner for Corporate Recovery for Knight Frank in London) and John Hogan (Partner at Leman Solicitors in Dublin) who provided an entertaining and enlightening overview on NAMA and its role in the UK property market. Not only did the members leave with a clear understanding about what NAMA has done and why it was formed but we now expect to see it playing its own part in connection with the real estate market in the UK and Ireland. If you want to have a look at the assets that NAMA has under its control (NAMA bought loan books, not property) then have a look at its website www.nama.ie
A big thank you to our three speakers for giving up their time to attend and to present.

6 February 2012, Barbican Centre

Over 100 Members of CRELA attended the first CRELA event of 2012 at the Barbican Centre on 6th February, enjoying a fascinating talk on "Architecture in the City" by Sir Nicholas Kenyon, the Managing Director of the Barbican Centre. Mr Peter Rees the City Planning Officer for the City of London also provided his insight into the City's architecture reflecting upon the history of the City and the changes envisaged in the future.