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PBA Conference 2020

Property Development: obstacles, restrictions and pitfalls

Date and time: Friday 13 November 2020, 10:00am - 4:45pm

Venue:  Zoom

Online registration now closed, if you would like to register, please email

Workshop papers and zoom links have been emailed to all delegates.  If you have not received yours, please email

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The attempt to “build back better” means that property practitioners need to be aware of some of the commonly encountered issues around development. The aim of the 2020 virtual PBA Conference is to provide an understanding of a selection of such issues.

Keynote addresses will be given by Lord Justice Nugee and Martin Rodger QC, Deputy President of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).  The day closes with Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC and Joanne Wicks QC (interviewed by Brie Stevens-Hoare QC), discussing their road to success including the difficulties they have faced, reflecting on how they have arrived at where they are and the challenges for the Property Bar in 2020. 

The whole event will be held on Zoom.  Links and papers will be emailed to registered delegates in advance of the event.   The programme for the day is outlined below showing the choice of workshops. 

Chaired by Joanne Wicks QC, Chair of the PBA

10:00 - 10:10 Welcome - Joanne Wicks QC

10:15 - 11:30 Workshops Session 1 (select 1 from 3)

Workshop 1 – Mixed Development: Philip Rainey QC and Robyn Cunningham, Tanfield Chambers

Workshop 2 – Airspace & Subsoil: Daniel Gatty and David Peachey, Hardwicke Chambers

Workshop 3 – Rights to Light and Easements Generally: Tim Morshead QC and Miriam Seitler, Landmark Chambers

11:30 - 12:00 Break

12:00 - 13:15 Workshops Session 2 (select 1 from 3)

Workshop 4 – Restrictive Covenants: Andrew Francis and Amy Proferes, Serle Court Chambers

Workshop 5 – Development Contracts, Options and Overage: Caroline Shea QC and Gavin Bennison, Falcon Chambers

Workshop 6 – Planning Permission: Clive Moys and Natalie Pratt, Radcliffe Chambers

13:15 - 14:15 Break

14:15 - 14:45  Keynote address 1  -  High Court advocacy in modern times: Lord Justice Nugee

14:45 - 15:15  Keynote address 2 -  Electronic Miscommunication?  Litigation Culture and the Electronic Communication Code: Martin Rodger QC, Deputy President of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)

15:15 - 15:30 Break

15:30 - 16:15  Closing Session - The Road to Success: Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC and Joanne Wicks QC in conversation with Brie Stevens-Hoare QC

16:30  AGM

16:45  End

Booking:  The conference is open to members of the Bar and pupils.  Online registration is now closed, to book please contact

You are now responsible for your own CPD records.  However this conference attracts 4 hours CPD

Full members, Associate members and pupils:  No charge
Non-members:  £90 (inclusive of VAT)

Please register below


  • Welcome: 10:00 AM
  • Workshop Session 1: 10:15 AM
  • Break: 11:30 AM
  • Workshop Session 2: 12:00 PM
  • Break 2: 01:15 PM
  • Keynote Speakers: 02:15 PM
  • Break 3: 03:15 PM
  • Closing Session: 03:30 PM
  • AGM: 04:30 PM


13 November 2020



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