ALEP Commonhold Lecture 2018

From Wednesday 21 February 2018

No.11 Cavendish SquareLondonW1G 0AN

ALEP Commonhold Lecture 2018

To attend the Commonhold Lecture 2018 - including tea or coffee on arrival and a networking lunch - costs just £170 + VAT for members and £245 + VAT for non-members.

The recent Government consultation on ‘tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market’ has
raised many interesting questions concerning the future of leasehold as a form of residential
land tenure in the 21st century.It has also indicated that Commonhold should be reviewed
as an alternative to the residential leasehold system.

Commonhold has been on the statute books since 2004 when the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 came into force.

In this lecture, we bring together experts in the field for an indepth look at the issues which
could have a major impact on the sector. Professor James Driscoll, Peter Haler MBE and
Philip Rainey QC will explore the background to Commonhold and consider the reasons why it
has been relatively unsuccessful to date.

We will also be looking at what amendments would need to be made to current Commonhold
legislation to encourage take-up and make it more effective, and what the implications could
be for the sector as a whole.

We look forward to welcoming you to No.11 Cavendish Square on Wednesday 21 February 2018.

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Morning Session

10.00 – 11.00:
Navigating the digital landscape – Josh Whiten, Google expert and digital marketing consultant

11.00 – 12.15:
Nick Looby, Communications expert, author and ‘Zombie Slayer’
Communications expert, Nick Looby, will present a talk based on his new book Modern Zombies – how to stay ahead of the horde and communicate your way t o incredible success.

Networking lunch with afternoon delegates 

Afternoon Session 

12.30 – 1.50:
Arrival, registration and networking lunch with morning delegates

1.50 – 2.00:
Host’s opening remarks

2.00 – 2.45:

Enfranchisement and Commonhold reform
Law Commissioner, Professor Nick Hopkins presents an update on the Law Commission’s work on enfranchisement and Commonhold reform

2.45 – 3.25:
Tax and Lease Extensions: the ticking tax time bomb – what happens if you don’t extend your leases on completion - presented by Robert Pearce QC

3.25 – 3.55:
Tea and coffee served

3.55 – 4.40:
Captialisation rates after All Saints - presented by Piers Harrison, Barrister at Tanfield Chambers

The decision of the First-tier Tribunal in the case of St Emmanuel House, St Gabriel House and St Saviour House has been the subject of much commentary as the Tribunal applied a capitalisation rate of 3.35%. 

4.40 – 4.45:

4.45 – 5.30:
Case update - Philip Rainey QC will present his insight into recent cases affecting the leasehold sector

5.30 – 5.35:
Host’s closing remarks

5.35 – 7.00:
Drinks reception


1.00 - 2.00: Arrival, registration and networking lunch served in the Orangery
2.00 - 2.10: Host’s opening remarks
2.00 - 3.10: Commonhold Lecture: Part I
3.10 - 3.50: Tea and coffee served
3.40 - 4.20: Commonhold Lecture: Part II
4.20 - 5.20: Panel debate with discussion and plenty of opportunity for Q&A
5.20 - 5.35: Host’s closing remarks

We are delighted to welcome Damian Greenish as host of this, our first annual lecture.

Damian Greenish, Consultant, Pemberton Greenish

Damian Greenish has been a solicitor for over 40 years and is a leading authority on leasehold reform, advising both landlords and tenants on all aspects of leasehold enfranchisement. He hasbeen involved in many of the landmark leasehold reform cases in the Supreme Court, House of Lords, Court of Appeal, High Court and the valuation tribunals.

He has been the joint editor of Hague on Leasehold Enfranchisement since 1998. He is well known as a speaker and as a regular chairman of the leading conferences and seminars in this specialised sector of the law.

Damian is Chairman of the Trustees of the Sloane Stanley Estate, Chairman of the Council of the Chelsea Society, a member of The Law Society, a member of the British Property Federation’s Residential Property Management Committee and Honorary President of ALEP.

Professor James Driscoll

James Driscoll has spoken and written widely about Commonhold and is a passionate advocate of it. He was a member of the Lord Chancellor’s working group on Commonhold. For 11 years, James sat as a Judge in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). He has spoken on Commonhold to the All Party Parliamentary Committee on Leasehold and Commonhold.

Peter Haler MBE

Peter Haler was involved in the original consultations and discussions leading up to the 2002 Act as a former CEO of LEASE, the Government Advisory Service on leasehold matters. He was chair of the Commonhold Working Party and is a founder member of the Leasehold Forum, which organises quarterly events for valuers working in the field of leasehold enfranchisement.

Philip Rainey QC

Head of Tanfield Chambers, Philip took Silk in 2010. Philip has a particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement, Right to Manage and service charges: both advising as to management structures and resolving disputes through the courts and tribunals. Philip appeared in the Lords in Aggio and Sportelli and in the Supreme Court in Daejan v Benson and Edwards v Kumarasamy.

Philip has recently proposed the introduction of amended and reinvigorated Commonhold legislation as a solution to the perceived injustices of the leasehold system.