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International Summit: Delivering Land Assembly - UK Dilemmas, Global Solutions

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.    

Start Date Venue Price  
10 March 2021 Day 1- Ernst & Young LLP: Day 2 - Gowling WLG (UK) LLP £650 BOOK

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

Event duration: 11-12 CPD Hours.
Registration from: 09.00 on both days. Event starts at: 09.30 on both days. Event finishes at: 16.45 on both days, with the Drinks Reception on Day 1 starting 18.30, and finishing at 20.30.

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COVID19 - Event Update:

During these uncertain times, we are keen to provide you with CPD support. We are working towards being able to run this event physically. However, dependent on Government advice and guidelines at the time, if needed, we will adapt this event to run virtually. We will advise on this closer to the event.



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Day 1 - Wednesday 10 March 2021 at EY - 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 


Day 1 - Wednesday 10 March 2021 - 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

Day 2 - Thursday 11 March 2021 at Gowling WLG - Morning Sessions 09.30 - 12.35

How is Compensation Dealt with in the USA and Australia 

Session 5 Chair: Jonathan Stott MRICS, Managing Director, Gateley Hamer, Immediate Past CPA Chair

  • The role and key provision in the US Uniforms Relocation Act 1970 - preventing promoters manipulating land value and paying less
  • Valuation Principles and values
  • The role of the UK 1961 Land Compensation Act in creating compensation values
  • Valuers should not be negotiators
  • The consequences of not getting it right the first time
  • CPA proposals for reform

Delivering and Assessing Compensation in the UK - The Emergence of Independent Valuations

  • The role of the UK 1961 Land Compensation Act in creating compensation values
  • Valuers should not be negotiators
  • The consequences of not getting it right the first time
  • CPA proposals for reform

USA - Randy A. Williams MAI SR/WA, Executive Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle; Past President of IRWA

Australia - John Gunthorpe, Director, CBRE Ltd and Dr. John Sturgeon SR/WA, Discipline Leader, The University of Queensland, Principal, Sturgeon Consulting Group

UK - Colin Smith, Senior Director, CBRE Ltd

Heathrow Expansion 

Session 6 Chair: Angus Walker, Partner, BDB Pitmans LLP; Board Chair, National Infrastructure Planning Association

The Project

  • What is the need?
  • What are the challenges for delivery?
  • The approach towards engagement and negotiating prior to the DCO 
  • Should public sector CPO and DCO schemes embrace this approach?

Some considerations of future claimants

Some legal issues affecting claimants

Panel Debate

Anne HurnProperty Director - Expansion, Heathrow SP Ltd

Dave HollandPartner, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Day 2 - Thursday 11 March 2021 - Afternoon Sessions 13.30 - 16.45

Future Infrastructure Needs for Cities - How Land Needs Will Vary in the Future 

Session 7 Chair: Victoria Hills MRTPI FICE, Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute

Looking at the Trends and Drivers

  • The economic imperative
  • Decay and renewal are core drivers
  • Smart living, smart working - What will the future cities look like? How do we plan them?
  • Work/live in the community -v- commuting
  • Refocusing communities and economic strategies
  • Buildings and infrastructure built now - are they fit for the future? 

Planning for the Future

  • Strategies of the National Infrastructure Commission
  • New urbanisation, community growth strategies and opening up land for use
  • The role of private enterprise with state initiatives

Panel Debate

Amanda Clack, Head of Strategic Advisory, CBRE Ltd; Past President of RICS

Bridget Rosewell CBE MA MPhil FICE, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission

Gordon E. MacNair SR/WA AACI P.App, President, MacNair Consulting Ltd; Past President of IRWA

Randy A. Williams MAI SR/WA, Executive Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle; Past President of IRWA

Case Study: Land Assembly to Deliver Major Transport Schemes - HS2 -v- Non UK Projects

Session 8 Chair: Adrian Maher, Director, aspireCP

  • Is it a railway or regeneration scheme
  • Justification
  • Consenting arrangements
  • Challenges
  • Commercial exploitation to satisfy project funding
  • Engagement
  • Compelling case
  • Eminent Doman -v- CPO -v- Acquisition by Agreement 
  • What can the UK learn for the future?
  • What is the UK direction of travel?
  • Questions

HS2 - Michael Eckett BSc (Hons) MRICS, Head of Acquisitions, Land and Property, HS2 Ltd and Simon Pearce, Head of Operations - Acquisitions, HS2 Ltd