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International Summit: Delivering Land Assembly - Day 1 Conference & Reception

Given that there is a global need to deliver housing, commerce, modern services and infrastructure, and to regenerate towns and cities, what can legislators and practitioners in the UK learn from how other nations deliver these things to improve best practice at home? And what could our international allies learn from the best of the UK system? We aim to explore legislation and best practice from the UK and across the globe to examine these questions in greater detail in this event, which is UK focusedand aimed at a UK audience, but with an international dimension. 

Day 1 Conference & Evening Reception Package: 

Start Date Venue Price  
24 March 2020 Ernst & Young LLP, London £400 BOOK

Note: All prices are to be paid in GBP and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Day Event (5.45 hours CPD) (Lunch Included).
Registration from: 09.00. Event starts at: 09.30. Event finishes at: 16.45 Followed by House of Lords Reception 18.30 - 20.30.



Conference Partners:


Morning Sessions 09.30 - 13.15

Acquiring Land and Rights For Public Projects - Compare and Contrast with North America and Elsewhere

Session 1 Chair: Peter McCrea FRICS FCIArb, Surveyor Member, Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)

  • Acquisition Processes and Procedures in the UK
  • The compelling public test
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders
  • Development Consent Orders
  • Transport and Works Orders
  • Hybrid/Private Bills in Parliament
  • Compensation provisions
  • Other powers from around the globe
  • What constitutes a "public use" project? The principle in Kelo v. City of New London
  • The power of Quick Take
  • Human Rights considerations in the US and UK
  • Bailiff powers
  • How the client often has conflicting objectives when it comes to acquiring land and rights
  • How such objectives have different weighting in varying countries

UK Perspective - Meyric Lewis, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building

International Perspective - Gordon E. MacNair SR/WA AACI P.App, President, MacNair Consulting Ltd; Past President of IRWA and Mark Gillard, Head of UK Project Development - Offshore, Ørsted

Land Value Capture and Property Tax Burdens: The Grab of Land Value - The Good, The Bad and the Greedy

Session 2 Chair: Paul Sanderson JP LLB (Hons) FRICS FIRRV, President, International Property Tax Institute

  • Various LVC schemes around the world
  • Making unviable schemes viable 
  • Does LVC work?
  • Why LVC doesn't always work?
  • Strengths, weaknesses, unintended consequences
  • What are the success ingredients?
  • Who should pay for the new infrastructure?
  • Are developers and landowners already paying?
  • Is LVC fair and equitable?
  • Maximising the commercial value of the development
  • TIFF
  • UK LVC - The grab of land value - the good, the bad and the greedy
  • UK LVC - Politics, lobbying and the development industry collide
  • A landowners viewpoint
  • LVC around the world 
  • LVC in action in the UK

Richard Harwood OBE QC, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers

Karen Hamilton, Partner, Brodies LLP

Fenella Collins BSc (Hons) MSc MRICS, Head of Planning, Country Land and Business Association 


Afternoon Sessions 14.15 - 16.45

Project Review: 2012 London Olympics and East London Regeneration

Session 3 Chair: Rebecca Clutten, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building; CPA Chair

  • Review of London 2012
  • The remit, priorities, legacy
  • Pushing the boundaries of best practice
  • Stresses & strains and lessons to avoid on other major schemes
  • Land Assembly: How did it go?
  • Compensation: What can be done better? 

Rosanna Lawes, Executive Director of Development, London Legacy Development Corporation

Colin Cottage BSc (Hons) MRICS RICS Registered Valuer, Senior Director, Ardent

James Pereira QC, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building

Land Acquisition and Valuation Issues from a Canadian Perspective 

Session 4 Chair: Richard Guyatt, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

  • How the projects are funded and procured
  • The typical land acquisition programme
  • Working with institutional (and other types of) owners
  • Land Value Capture in action
  • The landowner's perspective - what does best practice look like?
  • What could acquiring authorities do better?
  • Lessons for the UK

Sandy Grigg SR/WA, Infrastructure Real Estate Professional, D.A. Grigg Consulting; Past President of IRWA

Philip Smith FRICS AACI PLE, Executive Vice President (Research, Valuation, Advisory), Altus Group Limited

John S Doherty, Partner - Leader of the National Expropriation Law Group, Gowling WLG

Hosted by Lord Lytton