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Property Bar Association Manchester Conference: Practical issues for property litigators

Date: 25 May 2023

Time: 2-6pm followed by drinks and nibbles  

Venue: Hilton Manchester Deansgate, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ

Price: £25+VAT for members, £50+VAT for non-members

Online registration for this event is now closed, if you would like to attend, please contact to see if there are still places available

We are delighted to be in Manchester for our first regional conference. We will be joined by HHJ Hodge KC, who will give a keynote speech on the topic: “Property Litigation in the North” . Solicitors and barristers who are not PBA members are welcome to attend and the conference is aimed at practitioners of all levels of seniority, with the focus on practical issues for property litigators. The workshop addresses the insolvency and negligence issues that arise in fractional property investment and the panel session will bring together a group of leading practitioners and HHJ Cadwallader to discuss the latest practice on drafting PD57AC compliant witness statements.

This event is open to both barristers and solicitors. Members of the PBA can purchase tickets at a discounted rate. 

Chaired by Tiffany Scott KC, Chair of the PBA

13:30 Registration

14:00 Keynote address - Property Litigation in the North
HHJ Hodge KC (Manchester BPC)

15:00 Workshop - Fractional investment: property insolvency and negligence issues that arise when a 'property' scheme fails
Jennifer Meech (Serle Court Chambers) and Lesley Anderson KC (Gatehouse Chambers and Kings Chambers)

16:15 Tea

16:45 Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954: A relic of a Bygone Age?
Professor Michael Haley (Keele University)

17:15 Panel Discussion: Witness Statements and PD57AC
Tiffany Scott KC (Wilberforce Chambers), HHJ Cadwallader (Liverpool BPC), Lawrence McDonald (Exchange Chambers), Matt Pugh (Hägen Wolf)

18:00 Drinks and nibbles


£25+VAT for members and £50+VAT for non-members

PBA Members - please register and pay via the link below

Non Members - Please email and an invoice will be emailed to you.

Any non-member barristers who attend this event and would like to join the PBA, will be offered £25 discount on their subscription fees if they join within one month of the Mini-Conference.

Delegates can get 50% discount for parking at the NCP Great Northern Warehouse on Watson Street (M3 4EE).  Please ask reception at the hotel for the code.

Hotel Rooms
There are a few rooms offered at a discounted rate of £159 (single) or £169 (double).  These are on a first come first serve basis.  Please use this link to book a room at the special rate.

Speaker Biographies

HHJ Hodge KC
His Honour Judge Hodge KC was appointed as a Specialist Senior Civil Circuit Judge in November 2005 having practised at the Chancery and Commercial Bars in London, specialising in the fields of property and professional liability litigation. His principal court is the Manchester Civil Justice Centre although he also sits in Liverpool and at the Rolls Building.  In 2010 he published ‘Hodge on Rectification’ which is now in its 2nd edition (2015). He is this year’s President of the Council of HM Circuit Judges. He also serves as the Chancellor of the Dioceses of Blackburn and Oxford

HHJ Cadwallader
HHJ Cadwallader became a specialist civil Circuit Judge of the Business and Property Courts in 2020, having practised in Liverpool at the Chancery Bar specialising in business and property and commercial litigation. He is authorised to sit in the Chancery Division, the King’s Bench Division (Circuit Commercial and TCC) and sits primarily in Liverpool, though also in Manchester and London. He is an accredited mediator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and has conducted both mediations and arbitrations in those fields

Tiffany Scott KC, Wilberforce Chambers 
Tiffany has a practice encompassing property litigation, professional liability, trusts and estates disputes and wider commercial disputes and is recommended in the directories in all these areas.  She is this year’s Chair of the PBA.

Jennifer Meech, Serle Court Chambers
Jennifer has a wide-ranging commercial chancery practice with a particular emphasis on business disputes.  These frequently involve company law, breach of fiduciary duties, joint ventures, partnerships, insolvency and real property issues. She is particularly adept at assisting in cases where these practice areas intersect.

Lesley Anderson KC, Gatehouse Chambers
Lesley Anderson KC is a senior silk who practises from Kings Chambers and Gatehouse in all aspects of chancery and commercial disputes.  She has been consistently ranked in Chambers & Partners as a Band 1 silk (Northern) in six areas including property and professional negligence. She sits regularly as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division and in the London Circuit Commercial Court and as an arbitrator, often acts as a mediator, and offers Early Neutral Evaluation.

Professor Michael Haley, Keele University
Michael is the Professor of Property Law at Keele University, where he teaches land law,  trusts and aspects of landlord and tenant.  Over the years, he has established himself as a leading academic writing on the statutory regulation of business leases.  He is the author of four books on commercial leases and numerous journal publications. Most recently, in 2022 the 3rd edition of his book entitled 'Renewal of Business Tenancies' was published by the Law Society. Michael is currently involved in a research project with the Property Litigation Association concerning the future of Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Lawrence McDonald, Exchange Chambers
Lawrence has been a property litigator for his whole professional career, as a solicitor in City of London firms and as a barrister based in the North West, from where he originally hails. He acts for companies, individuals, office holders and public bodies before courts and tribunals of all levels in England and Wales. He has also been authorised to appear in the Court of the Isle of Man. In addition to court work he has an extensive advisory practice and regularly represents clients in mediation. Lawrence was appointed as a civil Recorder in 2010 and has been authorised to hear Chancery cases at the Central London County Court.

Matt Pugh, Hägen Wolf
Matt Pugh is the founder and managing partner of Hägen Wolf, a boutique law firm specialising exclusively in property litigation.  His clients include major transport operators and high net worth individuals. Matt has over 20 years experience advising clients on contentious property issues and is ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading individual in the field of property litigation in the region.  He currently chairs the Property Litigation Association’s regional committee for the North of England and has had articles published in a range of online and printed media including the Estates Gazette and the Times. Outside of work Matt is a keen musician and cyclist.


  • Registration: 01:30 PM
  • Start: 02:00 PM
  • Reception: 06:00 PM
  • End: 08:30 PM


25 May 2023


Hilton Manchester Deansgate, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ

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