Arden Chambers Property Law Conference 2018
We are delighted to announce the date for this year’s Property Law Conference in association with Arden Chambers. We will be working together to bring you an informative and stimulating event, which will be of interest to property managers, solicitors, surveyors, housing associations and others working in this challenging sector.
About Arden Chambers
Arden Chambers is a modern and forward-thinking team of barristers, providing specialist advocacy, advisory and mediation services in housing, property, local government, public and human rights law. This highly specialist team has long been recognised for its unrivalled expertise and experience across our practice areas. Arden Chambers works with clients throughout England and Wales and provide services to anyone who needs them, whether they be individuals, local or other public authorities, social housing providers or private landlords, third sector organisations or corporate bodies.
Below is a list of topic areas we will be covering, and you will have the opportunity to cherry pick the topics which are of most interest to you pre-event ensuring that your day reflects your personal business requirements.
⚫ Leasehold Law reform – the Government and the Law commission proposal – Speaker: Andrew Dymond
⚫ The wider impact of Grenfell Tower – Speaker: Justin Bates
Grenfell Tower was a tragedy which shocked the nation. The Public Inquiry is underway and will deal both with the immediate causes of the disaster and also wider points of importance, especially for regulatory reform. At the same time, other inquiries and reports are also ongoing, e.g. into the Building Regulations. This session aims to update participants on the state of the inquiry, outline the likely reform proposals and then discuss the impact that has already been felt by private sector landlords and tenants
∙ The scope of the inquiry, its aims and progress to date
∙ Other ongoing reforms and inquiries (e.g. Building Regs review)
∙ Implications for the private sector
⚫ Question Time – Meet the Experts
⚫ Up, down, all around – covenants and consents for extensions – Speakers: Annette Cafferkey, Rea Murray
∙ When can a freeholder or a leaseholder carry out an extension to building?
∙ When consent can be refused
∙ Challenges to refusals
⚫ Right to manage – Speakers: Justin Bates, Ayesha Omar
∙ What is the right to manage?
∙ Buildings over which the RTM can be acquired
∙ How to acquire the RTM
⚫ When service charges go bad – waiver, estoppel by convention, variation of leases – Speakers: Robert Brown, Brooke Lyne
∙ Understanding leasehold service charge mechanisms and when they can be misapplied
∙ When there might have been a waiver or an estoppel by convention
∙ How to apply for variation of leases
⚫ The role of experts and evidence in tribunal hearings – Speaker: Naveen Agnihotri
∙ Procedures for obtaining evidence
∙ The role of an expert in common tribunal disputes
∙ Evidence handling during hearings
⚫ Tackling breaches of leases – enforcement & forfeiture – Speakers: Christopher Baker, Rayan Imam
∙ How to tell when a covenant has been breached (understanding covenants and evidencing breach)
∙ Forfeiture procedure
∙ Other remedies
⚫ Lease Extensions: The case for valuation reform – Speakers: Stephanie Lovegrove, Clara Zang
∙ An overview of lease extension valuation
∙ A spotlight on Mundy v Sloane Stanley Estate Trustees  EWCA Civ 35;  H.L.R. 13
∙ Housing White Paper and Law Commission reforms: the potential impact
⚫ Settling neighbour disputes – Speaker: Jonathan Manning
∙ The role of a managing agent in resolving disputes between neighbours
∙ Breaches and injunctions
∙ Costs of legal action