Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Property Law in England and Wales - leasehold reform, consumer protection and the expansion of commonhold

Morning, Thursday, 12th March 2020

Central London


The conference will be an opportunity to discuss:

Delegates will discuss the likely impact of these proposals along with the next steps for leasehold reform as outlined in the Queen’s Speech including how the new Government aims to take forward its programme of reform and protect tenants, remove ground rents on new leases and give leaseholders new rights to challenge charges.


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Professor Nicholas Hopkins, Commissioner, Property, Family and Trust Law, Law Commission; and
  • Judge Siobhan McGrath, President, First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Further speakers include: Jonathan Achampong, Wedlake Bell; Mark Chick, Bishop & Sewell; Mark Cunningham, Anthony James Estate Agents; Dr Nigel Glen, ARMA; Matthew Jupp, UK Finance; Katherine Lang, Taylor Wessing; Sebastian O’Kelly, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership; Michael Voges, Associated Retirement Community Operators and Shula Rich, Leasehold Campaigner and RTM Consultant.

The agenda

  • The Law Commission’s report on leasehold and right to manage - key recommendations;
  • Consumer protection - redress, regulation of property agents, and the Housing Court;
  • Reforms to property rights - enfranchisement, right to manage, and the implications of market trends;
  • The Law Commission’s view on commonhold reform;
  • Commonhold reform - consumer choice and understanding, converting to commonhold, and developing a culture change; and
  • Priorities for policy - the future model for property law.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Legal Policy Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Cabinet Office; MHCLG; NAO and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Nicholas Hopkins

Commissioner, Property, Family and Trust Law, Law Commission

Keynote Speakers

Professor Nicholas Hopkins

Commissioner, Property, Family and Trust Law, Law Commission

Judge Siobhan McGrath

President, First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), Courts and Tribunals Judiciary


Dr Nigel Glen

Chief Executive Officer, ARMA

Sebastian O’Kelly

Chief Executive, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership

Matthew Jupp

Principal, Mortgage Policy, UK Finance

Jonathan Achampong

Partner, Residential Property, Wedlake Bell

Shula Rich

Leasehold Campaigner and RTM Consultant

Mark Cunningham

Director, Anthony James Estate Agents

Mark Chick

Partner and Head, Landlord & Tenant Team, Bishop & Sewell

Katherine Lang

Senior Professional Support Lawyer, Taylor Wessing

Michael Voges

Executive Director, Associated Retirement Community Operators