SPEAKERS

Speakers already confirmed include:


Martin Rodger QC
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.
Amanda Gourlay
Amanda Gourlay
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.
Damian Greenish
Damian Greenish,
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.
Katrine Sporle
Katrine Sporle,
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.
Nicholas Hopkins
Nicholas Hopkins,
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 University.
Yashmin Mistry
Yashmin Mistry,
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
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.
Siobhan McGrath
Siobhan McGrath,
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.
Anthony Essien
Anthony Essien
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.
Anna Favre
Anna Favre
Partner, Pemberton Greenish LLP


Anna Favre is a partner in the Residential Real Estate team at Pemberton Greenish LLP. 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.
Nigel Glen
Nigel Glen
CEO, ARMA


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.
Anna Bailey
Anna Bailey,
Founder & Director of ALEP


A Chartered Marketer by profession, Anna is co-owner of marketing agency DRIVE Marketing, as well as Leasehold Solutions, Leasehold Valuers and Leasehold Law. In 2007 she founded ALEP (the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners) with her brother, Alex Greenslade, and has overseen the growth of the Association to 230+ member organisations.
Rawdon Crozier
Rawdon Crozier
KBG Chambers


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 [2010] L. & T.R. 28; [2010] 2 E.G.L.R. 31 (which decided that holiday homes were dwellings for the purposes of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985) and [2014] EWCA Civ 1395; [2015] 1 W.L.R. 741 (which concerned "qualifying works") and [2017] UKUT 3 (LC); [2017] 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 [2015] UKSC 36; [2015] 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.
Samantha Massey
Samantha Massey
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.
Chris Baker
Chris Baker
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.
Jeff Platt
Jeff Platt
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).
Justin Bates
Justin Bates
Arden Chambers


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.
Alan Wake
Alan Wake
CEO, National Leasehold Group


Alan specialises in Leasehold Training and Consultancy within the Public Sector. He is Co-Founder and Chief Executive of the National Leasehold Group, a large networking group for Leasehold professionals in Housing Associations. Alan is involved in a number of cross sector initiatives with the aim of improving standards and education in property management. A Fellow of the Institute of Residential Property Management, Alan is a regular speaker at conferences and an Honorary Consultant for the Federation of Private Residents Associations.
Andrew Bulmer  BSc FRICS FIRPM
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.


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