Delegates have described the 13th ALEP conference, which was held at the Royal College of Surgeons on 22 October and attended by over 200 enfranchisement professionals, as a ‘first class afternoon’.
Feedback forms were distributed to all and the keynote speaker, Her Honour Hazel Marshall QC, who spoke on the role of the expert witness, received high praise with 94% of respondents rating her and the content of her presentation 8/10, or more.
Barristers Ellodie Gibbons and Mark Loveday, who spoke at length on the new First-tier Tribunal of the Property Chamber, also scored highly, with 94% of delegates marking the panel session content 8/10 or more. Tom Jefferies, who provided the traditional case update, also scored well with his presentation achieving an average of 8.8/10. A request for an increased number of case updates to be presented at future events was also received.
The venue, new for this conference, was rated particularly highly, with 89% of respondents scoring it over 8/10. A plated meal was served for the networking lunch instead of the usual bowl food, with the food and accompanying salads and vegetable dishes scoring an average of 8.6/10. The ‘delicious’ vegetarian option in particular was singled out for praise.
Plans are underway for the next conference, which will take place at the Royal College of Surgeons on 20 March 2014 and the committee is grateful for the feedback and ideas for future topics received, including the need for more chairs at lunch.