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Current Trends in the UK Property Market

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM GMT


  • Current trends; the real picture; activity, demand, sectors and scale: what’s currently happening.  Investor interest – level and who
  • How ‘property’ is affecting ‘the economy’ and how ‘the economy is affecting ‘property’
  • Resilience and stability of values and demand and what the politicians can and may do that will affect what happens
  • What the property world wants from the government


Ion Fletcher, Director of Policy (Finance), British Property Federation (BPF)



Capital Allowances – driving sustainability and investment returns

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM GMT

Covering important information about Capital Allowances – this session will review trends and changes, and how to maximise tax relief and bottom-line savings. 

  • Adopting a tax-friendly approach to property works requires only simple pre-planning, which can also avoid unforeseen loss of entitlements.
  • The scale of benefit is often not recognised, and, in refurbishments, often, most of the project’s cost can be tax-relieved.
  • Early identification of potential allowances can make a higher specification affordable, helping to achieve marketing goals or meeting occupier requirements.
  • Energy-saving Enhanced Capital Allowances offer opportunities for accelerated tax savings, lower running costs, and a boost to sustainability targets.
  • The potential bottom-line savings from Capital Allowances can enhance a project’s appeal to funders or investors, by demonstrating optimised returns on capital. 


David Rees, Principal, DavidRees.co – Capital Allowances Consulting



Development Finance 

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM GMT

  • The opportunities and the appetite to lend – is it on the increase – more lenders, better terms, more flexibility and a larger range of acceptable projects?
  • Access to alternative funding for development projects – it’s cheap to borrow but not always easy to locate
  • Costs (sometimes hidden) associated with borrowing and typical Ts&Cs
  • What do lenders offer and how the process works
  • Working with suitable parties – be wary of the pitfalls – risks involved with commitments for forward purchase and contingent finance
  • Joint venture agreements between developer, finance provider, other investors and asset owners – making the most of the relationship/’partnership’


James Bloom, Managing Director - Short-Term Lending, Masthaven Bank Limited



Trends in the Terms of Commercial Leases

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM GMT

A highly complex document, the right lease terms for the right purposes and properties often require thorough exploration and negotiation.  This session will focus on:

  • Heads of Terms – what should be detailed within these; what’s a good result and how do you achieve this
  • Length of term and security of tenure – what’s possible in the current market
  • Negotiating position – from both a landlord’s perspective and from an tenant’s standpoint, what’s each party seeking to achieve
  • From a property owner’s perspective – when should leases be granted, and on what terms?


Roger Woolley, Head of Planning and Real Estate Development, Lester Aldridge LLP



Funding for residential development – sources and terms

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM GMT

  • Demand – matching finance with the need for increased housing stock.
  • Funding sources including alternative funding options – obtaining finance, costs and terms.
  • Is there likely to be a price hike in building costs, labour and materials due to Brexit or is that just a myth?
  • Development pitfalls and how to avoid them – mistakes made during the funding process and working with the wrong lender: 
         - Can there be too much liquidity?
         - Be wary of lender terms and read the small print.
         - Aligning interests – ensuring the same end goals are met.


Ashley Ilsen, Head of Lending and CMO, Regentsmead



Latest thoughts on Joint Venture Structures 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM GMT

Property joint ventures are complex, not least because they are often risk-strewn with multiple ways of going wrong.  Nevertheless joint ventures are often absolutely necessary in ensuring transactions happen and this session will explore the latest thinking on structuring joint ventures focussing on:

  • Structuring co-investment terms
  • Rights and obligations; risks and responsibilities
  • Decision making and profit distributions
  • Leadership, management and governance structures
  • Deadlock, conflict … resolution and exit strategies



James Wilkinson, Partner, Global Corporate Group, Reed Smith LLP

Kathryn Bond, Associate, Europe & Middle East Corporate Group, Reed Smith LLP

Stuart Wright, Associate, Real Estate Group, Reed Smith LLP



Property Development: National Planning Policy - what's changed 

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM GMT

The first of two webinars on important changes in the UK planning system

  • Changes in the planning process.
  • What’s in the pipeline.
  • Implications and practical effects of the changes.


Tom Alder, Partner – Real Estate, Lester Aldridge LLP



Property Development: the Latest UK Planning Reforms

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM GMT

The second in a series of two webinars on important changes in UK property planning:

  • Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 – what it alters.
  • Community Infrastructure Levy – implications of the changes.
  • Changes in S106 Agreements.


Tom Alder, Partner – Real Estate, Lester Aldridge LLP



The Future Shape and Structure of Primary Care Property

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM GMT


  • The challenges facing GPs and primary care.
  • How primary care is responding.
  • The opportunities being created.
  • Integration with other healthcare sectors.
  • Emerging business models.
  • How properties can be adapted to improve service delivery. 
  • With the emergence of Babylon and 'super practices', how practices can look beyond today to ensure the property's specification 'meets the need'.


Adam Thompson, Director, Primary Care Surveyors