ALEP Regional Seminar: Bath - Book now!

Thursday 14 March 2019

Midland Bridge House, Midland Bridge Road, Bath, BA2 3FP

ALEP Regional Seminar: Bath - Book now!

As part of our continuing commitment to regional activity, ALEP has joined forces with law firm Royds Withy King to present a half-day seminar for professionals based in the South West with an interest in residential property.

ALEP members, especially those with regional offices, are welcome to attend the event.

The full event programme is as follows:

2.00 - 2.15: Registration and networking over tea and coffee

2.15 - 2.25: Welcome from your hosts Sarah Taylor, Royds Withy King

2.25 - 3.05: Leasehold Reform: 2019 and beyond 

Nicola Muir, Barrister, Tanfield Chambers will outline the latest on the Law Commission’s work on enfranchisement and reform, its likely impact on leaseholders and those working in the property industry.

‘Fixing our broken housing market’, the Government’s white paper, was published in February 2017, and put the housing market under increased scrutiny. A raft of consultation followed, with a review and proposed changes to Residential Leasehold forming a significant part of the Law Commission’s current programme of law reform.

In this presentation, Nicola will look to bring together an update on what is known about the process and consultations so far, the topics being discussed and what might be the likely next steps.

3.05 - 3.45: Case update

Piers Harrison of Tanfield Chambers will present his insight into recent cases affecting the leasehold sector.

3.45 - 4.00: Tea and coffee

4.00 - 4.05: ALEP update

4.05 - 4.45: Hand in Glove: The role of the solicitor and valuer in enfranchisement

Andrew Pridell, Andrew Pridell Associates Ltd and ALEP Director and Committee Member 

This presentation will emphasise that solicitors and valuers must talk, engage and cooperate to provide the right advice to clients whether these be freeholders or leaseholders. Andrew will be using layman’s terminology to illustrate not only the importance of dialogue, but also of defining the lines of responsibility after discussions between solicitors and valuers have taken place.

ALEP hopes that following the presentations, lively discussion/debate will follow!

4.45 - 5.15: Panel session Q&A

5.15 - 6.15: Drinks reception

All guests are welcome to join ALEP and our hosts, Royds Withy King, for networking drinks when the seminar concludes.

Your hosts

Sarah Taylor, Associate, Royds Withy King

Sarah Taylor is a leasehold specialist and heads up the enfranchisement team at Royds Withy King. Sarah enjoys dealing with all things leasehold, including enfranchisement and also service charge disputes and breach of covenant issues. She particularly likes dealing with knotty issues and cases that are out of the ordinary.

Sarah and the RWK team have expertise in a wide range of enfranchisement matters including individual and collective enfranchisement, lease extensions, advising on section 5 notices, both for the consultation and on the repercussions where the notices have not been served. Sarah acts for both freeholders and leaseholders, and works closely with other ALEP members, including those on today’s panel, to ensure that her clients receive the best service possible when dealing with their leasehold interest.

Your speakers

Nicola Muir, Barrister, Tanfield Chambers

Nicola is a senior member of the Tanfield Chambers’ property team. She is a specialist in enfranchisement law and all aspects of landlord and tenant law. Nicola regularly appears in the FTT and Upper Tribunal in relation to enfranchisement claims - notable cases in which she has appeared include Tibber v Buckley (CA), Westminster City Council v CH2006 Ltd (UT), Corvan (Properties) Ltd v Abdel-Mahmoud (CA) and LM Homes Ltd v Queen Court Freehold Co. Ltd (FTT). Nicola is recommended by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 which says “She immediately instils faith and confidence in both solicitors and clients.

Nicola was shortlisted by the Legal 500 as Junior of the Year 2019 for Real Estate, Environment and Planning. In addition to her busy practice, Nicola has a regular column on legal issues relating to the residential property in the Estates Gazette.”

Andrew Pridell, Andrew Pridell Associates Ltd and ALEP Director and Committee Member

Andrew is a valuer and surveyor renowned for his outspoken opinions and entertaining delivery. He is the scourge of many a valuation tribunal and has completed over 10,000 cases all over the country, including Prime Central London and as far north as Harrogate, in the east to Broadstairs and west to Cardiff.

He has been involved in some of the leading cases including Lynari and Arrowdell. He lectures on the subject, conducts seminars with kindred professions and was a member of the RICS working party on relativity.

Piers Harrison, Barrister, Tanfield Chambers

Recommended as ‘an expert in the area of leasehold enfranchisement’ in the Legal 500 2015 directory, Piers’s practice covers all areas of property law. He has a particular interest in leasehold enfranchisement and enjoys working with valuers where there is a complex valuation issue. Piers is also often called upon to offer advice in non-contentious property cases where there is a development opportunity.

Piers is on the editorial board of Landlord and Tenant Review and Property Law UK and writes a periodic update on leasehold enfranchisement. He is also the co-author of ‘Megarry’s Manual of the Law of Real Property’ (Sweet & Maxwell, 9th edition), ‘Enfranchisement Law and Practice’ (Wildy and Sons Ltd) and ‘Service Charges and Management’ (Sweet & Maxwell, 3rd edition).

There is no fee to attend this event, but places are limited and will be allocated on a strictly first-come, first-served basis.

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