Westminster Legal Policy Forum

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

TO BE PUBLISHED March 2020


This conference focuses on the reform of property law in England and Wales - including wide-ranging changes to leasehold and commonhold.


The conference takes place at a key stage for policy in this area, and will be an opportunity to discuss the likely impact of the Law Commission’s recently published report on leasehold enfranchisement.


It also comes as the Commission prepares to conclude its reports on right to manage and commonhold, and the CMA finalises the findings of its investigation into the leasehold market.


Further sessions discuss the next steps for leasehold reform as outlined in the Queen’s Speech, and the new government plans to take forward its programme of reform, including:


  • Protection of tenants;
  • Removing ground rents on new leases; and
  • Giving leaseholders new rights to challenge charges.

Speakers


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.

The chair for the second half of the seminar will be Sir Peter Bottomley MP.


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; Sebastian O’Kelly, Leasehold Knowledge Partnership; Shula Rich, Leasehold Campaigner and RTM Consultant and Michael Voges, Associated Retirement Community Operators


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;
  • 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; the Valuation Office Agency; Office for National Statistics; DIT; and the Welsh Government.



Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


Shortly after every Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes

Presentations

Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval


Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates