Speakers already confirmed include:
Heather Wheeler MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry for Housing
Mrs Heather Wheeler MP is a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and the Minister for Housing and Homelessness. Heather has previously worked as an Assistant Government Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury. She also served as a local councillor before being elected as a Member of Parliament for South Derbyshire in 2010.
Martin Rodger QC
Deputy President, Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) Royal Courts of Justice
Martin Rodger QC was appointed by the Lord Chancellor to be the Deputy President of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) with effect from 4 June 2013. Judge Rodger, was called to the Bar (M) in 1986 and took silk in 2006. He was appointed as a deputy chairman of the Agricultural Lands Tribunal in 2002, as a fee-paid legally qualified panel Member of the Appeal Tribunals (becoming a judge of the First-Tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber in 2008) between 2002 and 2011, as a recorder in 2004 and as a fee-paid lawyer chairman of the Rent Assessment Panel in 2011.
Barrister, Tanfield Chambers
Amanda's expertise in landlord and tenant law covers service charges, the appointment of a manager, right to manage, breaches of covenant, forfeiture and associated insolvency. That expertise is deployed regularly in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and increasingly in Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber). She is an honorary consultant to the Federation of Private Residents' Associations and a contributor to "Service Charges and Management" by Tanfield Chambers (3rd edn, 2013). Her popular and highly regarded blog, Law and Lease, summarises and comments on service charge decisions. In 2016, she was
awarded fellowship of the Institute of Residential Property Managers.
Philip Rainey QC
Philip took Silk in 2010, he is the Head of Tanfield Chambers and specialises in property and commercial litigation. In addition to mainstream real property and landlord & tenant work, Philip has a particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement (Barrister of the Year, Enfranchisement Awards (ERMAs) 2009 and 2016), Right to Manage and service charges. Philip's work is both advisory and advocacy in the courts and tribunals, including in the Lords in Aggio and Sportelli and the Supreme Court in Daejan v Benson, Menelaou v Bank of Cyprus and Kumarasamy v Edwards. With colleagues at Tanfield he is a co-author of "Service Charges and Management" (4th edition due 2017). Philip has a keen, apolitical interest in the reform of landlord & tenant law; he has presented papers to the All Party Parliamentary Group on leasehold reform and assisted the Law Commission on the "event fees" project.
Barrister, 4-5 Gray's Inn Square
Stephanie routinely advises and represents local authorities and private individuals in cases concerning disputes over freehold and leasehold land. She is recommended in Chambers and Partners for Social Housing where she is described as a "great all-rounder" who "demonstrates prowess across all areas of landlord and tenant law, including residential and commercial possession matters".
As Hometracks head of business development for the Residential Real Estate department Ross has spent the past 3 years working asset management teams at over 30 Registered Providers and Local Authorities. Utilising Hometracks experience working with high street lenders, and their proprietary automated valuation model, he has developed new methodologies that enable Registered Providers to quickly and efficiently strategically appraise their assets. This includes modelling tenure flex, making efficiencies in rent setting processes, back filling asset management databases and profiling shared ownership stair-casing opportunities. Prior to joining Hometrack Ross had spent his career working in social housing, most recently at Genesis.
Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Anna Favre is a partner in the Residential Real Estate team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish. She is a leading expert in the fields of leasehold enfranchisement and residential landlord and tenant law acting for major London estates including Cadogan and Sloane Stanley as well as a large number of tenants. Equally, she advises companies and high net worth individuals on all aspects of residential property law. Anna regularly presents at conferences and seminars, and has written for both the legal and general press on these specialist areas. In both 2013 and 2014 she won Solicitor of the Year at the Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards, then the first solicitor to do so. In 2016 and 2017 Anna also won Real Estate Lawyer of the Year at the Women in Law Awards and was cited by industry publication News on the Block as one of the 100 most influential people in the real estate sector.
Pemberton Greenish, Conference Chair
Damian Greenish has been a solicitor for over 40 years. Until his retirement as a partner in 2016,
he was senior partner and then chairman of the specialist property firm of Pemberton Greenish LLP. He now has his own Consultancy. He is a leading authority on leasehold reform, advising both landlords and tenants on all aspects of leasehold enfranchisement. He has been involved in many of the landmark leasehold reform cases in the Supreme Court, House of Lords, Court of Appeal, High Court and the valuation tribunals.
He has been the joint editor of Hague on Leasehold Enfranchisement since 1998. He is well known as a speaker at and as a regular chairman of the leading conferences and seminars in this specialized sector of the law.
Damian is Chairman of the Trustees of the Sloane Stanley Estate; a former Chairman of the Council of the Chelsea Society; a member of The Law Society; a member of the British Property Federation's Residential Property Management Committee and Honourary President of Association of Leasehold Enfranchisment Practitioners.
The Property Ombudsman
Katrine Sporle CBE took up her current post as The Property
Ombudsman on 1st November 2015. Previously, Katrine was Chief Executive of the
Planning Inspectorate for
England and Wales (2003-2011), which involved being
responsible for all aspects of the Government Executive Agency, 1000 members of
staff and a £60m budget.
Prior to that, Katrine was Chief Executive of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for eight years. She provided
inspirational leadership to develop the potential of the Borough as a whole, gaining a
reputation for economic,
cultural and social success.
Law Commissioner for
Property, Family and Trust Law
Professor Nick Hopkins is Law Commissioner for Property, Family and Trust Law and will be leading work on the reform of several areas of residential leasehold announced in its 13th Programme of Law reform. Prior to appointment as
Commissioner he researched and taught property law for over 20 years, and he holds
a Chair in Law at Reading
Head of Property Practice Group, JPC Law
An award winning, sole female equity partner at JPC, Yashmin Mistry has been noted as a "Recognised Expert" in the Legal 500 bibles for 2015 and 2016.
Her reputation as a leading Leasehold Enfranchisement and Landlord & Tenant expert has led to Yashmin twice being voted "Solicitor of the Year" (2011 and 2015) at the News on the Block Enfranchisement Awards as well as previously achieved accolades including "Young Professional of the Year" and "Regional Solicitor of the Year". Yashmin was also short listed for 2011's "Asian Woman of the Year" and 2016's "Women in Law".
An Honorary Legal Consultant for the FPRA (the Federation of Private Resident's Association), Yashmin has also been invited to join the committees of "ALEP" (Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners) and "ARHM" (Association of Residential Housing Managers) within the last 12 months.
Yashmin's career to date has seen her gain recognition as an industry expert in the technically complex area of leasehold law, particularly collective enfranchisement and right to manage cases. Her involvement in this niche area of law has seen her involved in ground breaking cases such as Daejan Investments v Benson and Rosslyn Tenants Association v Winstonworth; both outcomes leading to amendments in the law.
Professor James Driscoll,
Author and retired FTT Judge
Professor James Driscoll is a
solicitor, an author, and a Judge (part-time) on the First-tier
Tribunal (Property Chamber). For 20 years he was a consultant solicitor with Trowers & Hamlins specialising in housing law.
A prolific author of books and
articles, he is the Consultant
Editor to the Butterworths
Residential Landlord and Tenant Handbook, to Halsbury's Laws (volume 56, 'Housing') and
volumes 62 to 64 'Landlord and Tenant, and several other books and loose-leaf works.
James is a consultant editor to the
Landlord and Tenant Reports and he regularly contributes articles to the Estates Gazette, the New Law Journal and other publications.
He is also a well-known speaker
at conferences on housing and property law and he has held several academic positions in England and the USA.
James is also an ADR accredited mediator.
President of the First-Tier Tribunal Property Chamber
Judge Siobhan McGrath was appointed as President in July 2013. She was previously the Acting President prior to the Chamber becoming part of the unified tribunal structure. She was called to the Bar in 1982 and appointed as a part-time chairman of Social Security Tribunals in 1996. Between 2000 and 2013 she was the Senior President of the Residential Property Tribunal Service. Since 2010 she has been a Recorder in civil and chancery jurisdictions. She is also a judge of the Upper Tribunal Lands and Tax and Chancery Chambers.
Chief Executive of the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE)
Anthony is the Chief Executive of the Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE), an accredited mediator and qualified as a Barrister in the early 1990s. Before becoming Chief Executive of LEASE in 2007 he was Principal Legal Advisor. He has been involved in residential leasehold for almost 20 years and is a regular speaker addressing leasehold matters in both the private and public sector.
Partner, PM Legal Services
Cassandra heads the award-winning PM Legal Services. An acknowledged leader in her field, she is recognised principally for her expertise in the First-Tier tribunal. Cassandra is a well-respected speaker, invited to address key national and regional conferences. She also has the privilege of judging the ARMA Ace awards. Passionate about sharing knowledge and driving up standards in the property management industry, Cassandra is the primary author of PM Legal Hub, a free online resource hub for property management professionals.
Nigel started his career as a zoologist before spending ten years overseas in downstream oil marketing – buying, building and running petrol stations. He then spent four years at the International Petroleum Exchange (where Brent futures are traded) running their market data, training, publications and press departments. Nigel then worked for a Fintech company, Caplin, ending up as their CEO in New York – from where he joined the investment bank JP Morgan for four years.
In 2009, he founded Managed Living Partnerships (MLP), along with Richard Kozak. By late 2015 it managed over 40 blocks and 1,400 units, with a team of three accountants and five staff in property management and new business. During 2015, Nigel became active on the ARMA Council and its Finance Committee. Having sold MLP in January 2016 he resigned from Council and joined ARMA in April 2016 as its (part time) CEO.
SDL Property Partners
Samantha Massey is launch manager at SDL Property Partners, the franchise scheme for property management. With over a decade of experience in business development as part of her 20 year career in property, Sam has played a key role in the set up of the property management industry's first franchise scheme. Sam has also been a director of the Institute of Residential Property Management (IRPM) for the past two years, chairing its Membership Working Group, and is a co-founder of 'Doyenne', the leasehold industry's first women's professional network providing inspiration and for the continued progression and success of women in our industry.
Sebastian O’Kelly was a
national newspaper journalist
for 30 years, latterly as
property editor of the Mail on
Sunday where he highlighted
concerns in the retirement
housing sector. In 2012 he
established the Leasehold
Knowledge Partnership, a
registered charity that is the
secretariat of the All Party
Parliamentary Group on
leasehold and commonhold
reform, which has 122 MP
and www.leaseholdknowledge.com report the leasehold and
retirement leasehold sectors,
and seek to highlight concerns
in both the national media
Rawdon Crozier is a barrister and mediator. He was educated at Bedford School and University College London and called to the Bar in 1984. His main field of practice is property litigation and his cases of note include the long-running Phillips v Francis service charge litigation, which has made new law on three occasions  L. & T.R. 28;  2 E.G.L.R. 31 (which decided that holiday homes were dwellings for the purposes of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985) and  EWCA Civ 1395;  1 W.L.R. 741 (which concerned "qualifying works") and  UKUT 3 (LC);  L. & T.R. 20 (which confirmed that contractual liability is the starting point for determining service charge liabilities and considered the interpretation of s.19(2) of the 1985 Act). The most recent substantive decision in the case (sub nom The Lessees v Francis FTT(PC), 09 March 2017) was the subject of an article 'The million-dollar service charge reduction: The latest round of Phillips v Francis' - https://www.lease-advice.org/article/million-dollar-service-charge-reduction-latest-round-phillips-v-francis/
. Rawdon was also involved in part of the North East Property Buyers Litigation in the Court of Appeal in 2011 and was in the appellate stages of one of the leading cases on lease interpretation, Arnold v Britton  UKSC 36;  2 W.L.R. 1593, in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Rawdon was the keynote speaker at the Lease Conference in 2016 and is a regular contributor to Landlord & Tenant Review and writes for a number of other legal journals. He is on the Editorial Board of 'Counsel' magazine.
Mark Chick is recognised as a leading UK authority in this sector. He is a Leasehold Reform specialist and has been a Partner at Bishop & Sewell LLP since 2006.
He is a director and a founder committee member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP) the sector body to which all reputable valuers and solicitors working in the field of Leasehold Reform now belong.
Over the past ten years he has developed Bishop & Sewell's Landlord & Tenant practice to be one of the largest specialist teams in the UK. Under his direction the department has flourished and he now leads a team of specialist solicitors and property experts.
He is a very well-known and highly-regarded specialist in Landlord & Tenant matters. In 2016 he was awarded Solicitor of the Year at the Enfranchisement and Right To Manage Awards (ERMAs).
Mark is a member of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal Frequent User Group Panel. His views as a leasehold reform specialist dealing with freehold purchase, lease extension, services charges and landlord & tenant matters and writes and speaks regularly on this subject. He writes the blogs www.leaseholdreformnews.com and www.leaseholdinfo.com can also be followed direct on LinkedIn and Twitter @section42.
Barrister, Tanfield Chambers
Nicola is a senior member of the Tanfield Chambers' property team. She is a specialist in enfranchisement law and all aspects of landlord and tenant law. Nicola regularly appears in the FTT and Upper Tribunal in relation to enfranchisement claims - notable cases in which she has appeared include Tibber v Buckley (CA), Westminster City Council v CH2006 Ltd (UT) , Corvan (Properties) Ltd v Abdel-Mahmoud (CA) and LM Homes Ltd v Queen Court Freehold Co. Ltd (FTT). Nicola is recommended by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 which says "She immediately installs faith and confidence in both solicitors and clients".
Nicola was shortlisted by the Legal 500 as Junior of the Year 2019 for Real Estate, Environment and Planning. In addition to her busy practice, Nicola has a regular column on legal issues relating to the residential property in the Estates Gazette.
Richard Murphy Dip Surv; MRICS
RICS Registered Valuer
Richard is a Director at Richard John Clarke Chartered Surveyors and specialises in Lease Extensions and Freehold Enfranchisement valuations. He spends much of his time preparing for and giving Expert evidence to the First-Tier Tribunal. He has recently written a series of articles entitled 'Searching for The Holy Grail' in response to Court of Adrian Howard Mundy v Trustees of the Sloane Stanley Estate  EWCA Civ 35 and the Emmanuel House (Freehold) Ltd and others v Berkeley Seventy-Six Ltd and others – FTT CHI/21UC/OCE/2017/0025 (also known as the All Saints Case) dealing with the thorny issues of Relativity, Capitalisation Rates and Leasehold Reform. You can follow him on LinkedIn, twitter@RichardMurphy1 and on his blog page
Managing Director, McDowalls
Chris Baker has been the owner of McDowalls since 2011 having started his professional career as a property manager there in 1999.
McDowalls specialises in residential lease extensions and freehold enfranchisement cases; residential private rented sector management; and, property licensing. Its clients include local housing associations, private clients, local authorities and corporate clients.
Ellodie, a barrister at Tanfield Chambers recommended in both Chambers UK and the Legal 500, is currently assisting the Law Commission with its review of the leasehold enfranchisement legislation. This is alongside her private practice specialising in leasehold law, including service and administration charge disputes, enfranchisement, rights of first refusal and Right to Manage.
Ellodie is a contributor to 'Service Charges and Management' (Sweet & Maxwell), and co-author of 'Leasehold Enfranchisement Explained' (RICS Publishing).
Section 20 Limited
Jeff is Managing Director of Section20 Ltd; leasehold consultants to both the public and private sectors. Jeff has been heavily involved in developing professional qualifications, examinations and training within the long leasehold sector. He is the lead author of the Property Management Chapter of the RICS UK Residential Property Standards ('the blue book') and the RICS Guidance: Managing mixed use developments. Jeff is also a Member of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).
National Leasehold Campaign
Katie founded the National Leasehold Campaign (NLC) in January 2017 having realised she had unintentionally become entangled in the complicated leasehold arrangement. The NLV has galvanised leaseholders nationally to ensure their voices are heard. She is leading & uniting leaseholders who feel they are trapped in a "leasehold scandal" and is committed to ensuring existing leaseholders are not forgotten in proposed government reforms. Her ultimate aim is to abolish leasehold and she supports commonhold for flats. The NLC has become a recognised campaign group and have recently given verbal evidence at the Leasehold Select Committee Inquiry
Justin's practice covers all aspects of housing, property and local government law. He is the Deputy General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and is the author or co-author of a number of other books and annotated statutes. In 2015 he gave evidence to the Welsh Assembly on the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill.
He is particularly familiar with the work of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal/First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and has appeared in a number of reported Lands Tribunal/Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and Court of Appeal cases concerning leasehold disputes, including most of the major Right to Manage cases. He is able to accept Direct Access instructions.
Andrew Bulmer BSc FRICS FIRPM
CEO, Institute of Residential Property Management
A Fellow of the Institute of Residential Property Management and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Andrew started his residential PRS and leasehold management practice in 1995, selling in 2011. Andrew was UK Residential Director at RICS from 2013-2016, before taking the CEO role at IRPM, the UK's leading provider of professional qualifications and learning in the leasehold management and Build-to-Rent sectors. Andrew is passionate about raising standards across the residential property management sectors and encouraging property professionals to be a progressive and ethical force for good.