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PBA Conference 2023 - Torrents of Change and Reform in Property Law

Date and time: Wednesday 8 November 2023, 9.45am-3pm

Venue:  The Ashworth Centre, The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and on Zoom

Change and reform in property law conventionally follows the pace of a meandering stream but the past two years has, by historical standards, been torrential. In this year’s Annual Conference we look at some of the areas of reform and change and what they mean for real property.

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Recent legislative measures being considered include:

  • The Building Safety Act 2022 and the re-apportionment of rights of leaseholders, freehold owners and developers in relation to unsafe high-rise buildings.
  • The Renters (Reform) Bill and the greater protection to be given to residential tenants.
  • The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2022  has amended the Telecoms Code to reduce the rights of land-owners in order to encourage the roll out of cheap internet coverage.

Common law developments will be examined in sessions on:

  • Protestors and how the law has adapted to address the exponential rise of direct-action protests.
  • Nuisance following the Tate decision and other important cases reaching the appellate courts.
  • The Supreme Court decision in Sara & Hossein v Blacks, in which the Supreme Court found a construction of a service charge provision for which neither of the parties contended for.


Chaired by the Chair of the Property Bar Association, Tiffany Scott KC

09:15 Registration for delegates attending the live event

09:45 Keynote address - Mr Justice Edwin Johnson 

10:30 The FTT’s approach to its new jurisdiction under the Building Safety Act
Judge Siobhan McGrath, President, First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)

11:05 Workshops Session 1 (please select 1 from 3)

Workshop 1 - An introduction to the Electronic Communications Code – the quirks of grant, renewal and termination of rights – Michael Ranson and Taylor Briggs (Falcon Chambers)

Workshop 2 - Building Safety Act – Timothy Polli KC (Tanfield Chambers) and Steven Evans (Five Paper)

Workshop 3 - Certainty v Flexibility in Property Transactions and Management post Sara & Hossein v Blacks – Brie Stevens-Hoare KC and Morayo Fagborun Bennett (Gatehouse Chambers) and Richard Fowler (Maitland Chambers)

12:20  Lunch

13:00  Workshops Session 2 (please select 1 from 3)

Workshop 4 - Looking from the viewing gallery at Tate Modern with different legal spectacles.  How far is a landowner better off with the benefit of nuisance and annoyance etc covenants compared with a claim in private nuisance in tort? – Andrew Francis and Christopher Stoner KC (Serle Court)

Workshop 5 - The Renters (Reform) Bill – the new regime in practice – Sarah Salmon (Cornerstone Barristers) and Laura Tweedy (Gatehouse Chambers)

Workshop 6 - Protecting Property from Direct Action Protest – Michael Fry (Francis Taylor Building)

14:15  Closing Session - The Future of “Proprietary Estoppel” 
            A debate led by Professor Graham Virgo KC (Hon) and Professor James Lee

15:00  AGM- followed by a reception in the MCR for live delegates

Members, can book and pay via the link below where you will be asked to indicate whether you will attend the live event or online and you will also be given the option to select one workshop from the morning session and one from the afternoon session.  

The conference is open to members of the Bar.  If you are not a member of the PBA (including pupils), please contact to book a place

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

Full members:  £170
Associate members:  £78
Non-members:  £230

Prices inclusive of VAT

Pupils can attend free of charge




  • Registration: 09:15 AM
  • Start: 09:45 AM
  • End: 03:00 PM


08 November 2023


Ashworth Centre, Lincoln's Inn and Zoom

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