Property & Estates Seminar, Bristol 2017


Thursday 29th June 2017

The MShed, Wapping Wharf, Bristol, BS1 4RN

The Guildhall Chambers Property and Estates team are pleased to announce that they will be hosting their annual half-day seminar at the M-Shed in Bristol on the afternoon of 29th June 2017.

The afternoon will begin with three short talks by members of the team addressing recent developments and recurring themes on a range of issues.  Those talks will then be followed by a choice of one of three workshops considering different challenges in landlord and tenant disputes


The conference is accredited with 3 CPD points (Law Society reference BAI/GUCH).


Normal delegate rate: £20.00 + VAT per delegate


13.30 Registration

14.00 Gates, Games & Gaol: Some very recent cases on the law of easements
Ewan Paton will provide a light-hearted but detailed consideration of some notable recent decisions on the law of easements.

14.35 Adverse Possession: An update and some commonly encountered problems
Brittany Pearce will provide an overview of some of the recent developments in the law of adverse possession including considering a range of commonly encountered problems (and a few suggested solutions).

15.10 Planning Ahead: Best practice to avoid probate and other claims and liabilities following death
Malcolm Warner will review current best practice and recent authority with the aim of ensuring that testamentary dispositions are less vulnerable to challenge. His talk will encompass will drafting, capacity, Inheritance Act issues (including revising approaches in the light of the Ilott decision) and the proposed increases in probate fees (lost with the election but with potential to be resurrected) as well as integrating issues that may arise from proprietary estoppel and related points.

In a talk that should appeal both to litigators and non-contentious practitioners Malcolm will draw upon the wealth of examples in the authorities, and as seen in practice, where a will or disposition is challenged and consider what could have been done to minimise the risk of challenge.

15.45 Tea & Coffee Break

16.00 Workshops

1. Business Tenancies: Terminal Dilapidations – Ross Fentem

  • The Landlord and Tenant Act 1927 s.18 valuation pitfalls…
  • And how to avoid them

2. Forfeiture, Waiver & Guarantees – Matthew Wales & Oliver Mitchell

  • The procedural and substantive hurdles for effectively forfeiting a lease
  • Identifying risk factors for forfeiture
  • What is, what isn’t, and what might be a waiver
  • The position in respect of guarantees

3. Agricultural & Residential Tenancy Notices – William Batstone & Michael Selway

  • Agricultural Tenancy Notices:
  1. service and
  2. equitable set-off
  • Residential Tenancy Notices:
  1. enfranchisement and
  2. right to manage

17.15 Finish with drinks on the terrace


Terms and conditions
We reserve the right to vary the content, timetable, location or speakers; or to cancel the seminar totally in which case we will refund any payment made in respect of the cancelled conference. Neither the members of Guildhall Chambers nor the speakers will be liable by reason of breach of contract, negligence or otherwise for any loss or consequential loss incurred by any person acting or omitting to act in reliance upon material or presentation given at or in connection with the event. Please be advised that places are limited so please book early to guarantee a place. The fee for this seminar includes a comprehensive conference folder, lunch and all other refreshments.

Booking terms
Please send a cheque with your form or wait to be invoiced. A VAT invoice will be sent to you on receipt of your booking form/details. All invoices for this seminar must be paid within 30 days of the invoice date. Cheques are made payable to Guildhall Chambers. Unfortunately we are unable to take online payments at this time.

Confirmation of registration
If you have not received confirmation of your registration one week before the conference, please telephone 0117 930 9000 to confirm that your registration form has been received.

Substitute delegates
Substitute delegates will be accepted at any time – please telephone 0117 930 9000 to let us know the name of the substitute.

Provided notice is received at least 24 hours before the seminar, the seminar fee will be refunded.

CPD Accreditation
Under the Law Society’s CPD scheme and the Bar Council’s New and Established Practitioners’ Programme the conference is accredited with 3 CPD points (Training reference:1383). The seminar will also contribute to CPD requirements under the terms of the ICAEW’s CPD policy.

If you have any questions about the seminar, or any other Guildhall Chambers events, please contact the Marketing Team on 0117 930 9000 or [email protected].

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