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The CPA National Conference 2020

The CPA National Conference takes place in the shadow of COVID 19. With venues remaining closed and working from home still the norm, we have reviewed and updated the 2020 programme and are now running the conference as three circa 90 minute virtual sessions. It remains the premier event in the CPO calendar and the CPA is delighted to present a stellar programme to attract the very best in the CPO world.

Start Date Venue Price  
25 November 2020 3 Virtual Seminars    

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

Event duration: Day Event Split into 3 Sessions (Each session 1.30 hours CPD).
Registration from: 09.50. Event starts at: 09.55. Event finishes at: 11.30.

The CPA Conference Full Package - book all 3 two hour seminars taking place on the following dates.

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This year’s conference, we’ll be covering a diverse range of issues in 3 virtual sessions, focusing on law, practice and market activity.  

Compulsory purchase is a subject that is in the conscience of the general public like never before. More column inches have discussed compulsory purchase this year than any previous year, and the term is used and searched for on Twitter more than ever. 

As professionals working in the fields of compulsory purchase and compensation we face exciting and challenging times. Exciting, due to the unprecedented levels of work as a result of the increasing numbers of major projects and promoters realising how useful a tool compulsory purchase can be; and challenging, because we face a shortage of practitioners and a seemingly endless struggle to persuade elements of the press, lobbyists and some politicians that the system can work effectively when acquiring authorities use powers responsibly.

The CPA are Pleased to Announce the 2020 Conference Session Sponsors: 

Quantuma, Gateley Hamer and Ardent Management. 





Welcome, Introduction and Round up of CPA Activities by the Conference Chair: Rebecca Clutten

Funding Infrastructure Projects - Anna Hart

  • Infrastructure funding: types of funding
  • Moving away from conventional government grant funding
  • Availability of funding during the development and construction phases, under different types of models
  • Examples of use of funding models
  • Risks associated with different funding models

How Funding Options Impact Compulsory Purchase - Charles Clarke

  • Effect on funding of the purchase of property in advance
  • What type of interest an acquiring authority may want to secure in advance
  • Funding of blighted property

Practice Directions - What are the Rules for Taking Cases to the Upper Tribunal - Colin Cottage and Barry Denyer-Green

  • Practical and essential steps to take before you have a dispute 
  • What to do when you recognise you will have to go to Tribunal
  • What are the new Practice Directions?

Expert Witness Conduct - Colin Cottage and Barry Denyer-Green

  • The RICS Professional Statement - a commentary 
  • The duty to the court
  • Possible pitfalls and some leading cases
  • How the Tribunal varies from other jurisdictions 

Question and Answers


Welcome, Introduction and Round up of CPA Activities by the Conference Chair: Rebecca Clutten

Taxing Issues in CPOs - Hui Ling McCarthy QC and Adrian Maher

A review of typical CPO issues and their potential impact on both claimants and acquiring authorities

  • VAT (including the treatment of different heads of claim and TOGS)
  • Practical issues on VAT (who is at risk and how to mitigate it)
  • Tax recovery and getting the paperwork right
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax (including exemptions)
  • Deducting tax on Statutory Interest
  • Practical aspects and dealing with HMRC

Question and Answers

Case Law Update - Raj Gupta

Question and Answers


Welcome, Introduction and Round up of CPA Activities by the Conference Chair: Rebecca Clutten

Land Assembly Case Study: Perry Barr CPO - Becky Farr

  • The project, the time scales and the strategy
  • Lessons learnt and best practice

Why is CPO so Important to Planners and Strategic Planning - Richard Blyth

The Public Sector Equality Duty and CPOs: A Practical Guide - Caroline Daly

  • Key principles from case law
  • When and how to carry out an Equalities Impact Assessment
  • Cautionary Tales
  • Good practice case studies

Question and Answers