Mark Chick, Head of Landlord and Tenant at Bishop & Sewell LLP chaired the 15th ALEP Conference on 21st October 2014.
The event at the Royal Institution (which was attended by 250 delegates) was a resounding success enjoyed by all who attended. Speakers included Philip Rainey QC, Katherine Simpson of Pemberton Greenish and Chris Buckle and Sophie Chick (no relation!) from Savills. Mark Loveday of Tanfield Chambers and James Wilson of WA Ellis (now Jones Lang Lasalle) lead legal and valuation Masterclass sessions respectively during the course of the afternoon. Topics discussed included valuation issues arising as a result of Schedule 10 to the Housing Act 1989 and the discount to be applied to the tenant’s right to remain in occupation at the end of a short lease (Katherine Simpson), the ever vexed question of missing landlords (Mark Loveday), a review of recent case law (Philip Rainey QC) and comment on a number of the most pressing recent cases including Dolphin Square and 47 Philimore Gardens. There was a lively debate amongst the valuation delegates and the Savills market research team provided an exceptional overview of the current Central London and UK Housing market and recent trends, with a particular focus on growth and its impact on leasehold reform calculations.
Mark Chick commented as follows “It was a privilege to chair our 15th Conference and one which I think most delegates would agree was our best yet. For me as a physicist, it had a particular resonance to be in the Faraday Theatre at the Royal Institution, home of the famous Christmas Lectures. The last conference that I chaired was a number of years ago at the ICO and as I said in my welcome speech on the 21st, it is really pleasing to see how the membership of ALEP has grown in a comparatively short space of time. ALEP has become a ‘force for good’ in the sector promoting best practice and excellence amongst its members as well as regularly delivering a great conference. We have enjoyed engaging with government on a number of issues, including the Leasehold Reform (Amendment) Act 2014 and will continue to do so.”
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