Date: 3 July 2013, 1:30 - 12:00

Location: Chester Zoo


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Hill Dickinson Developers’ Conference 2013

Date: 3 July 2013, 1:30 - 12:00

Location: Chester Zoo


The latest issues affecting people working in property, construction, litigation and regulatory issues will be outlined at the annual conference on Wednesday 3 July.

The event will include a barbeque and a networking evening, together with a guided zoo safari – where guests can meet the new baby elephants. This is a rare opportunity to explore the zoo after the gates have been closed to the public.


13:30 Registration at Oakfield Manor including refreshments

14:00 Welcome

Rights to light: Kevin Lee, head of property litigation

Whether you regard them as an essential protection for landowners or a licence to print money, rights to light can be a significant problem when developing in urban areas. Kevin reviews the current state of the law and the Law Commission's proposals for reform.

Construction law update: David Oram, partner

David provides an update on the construction sector and, in particular, considers the consequences when things go wrong between developer and contractor.

Steel Lions and Paper Tigers – life after corporate manslaughter: Stephen Barnfield, associate

Five years on, has the Corporate Manslaughter Act started to bite? Following the third successful prosecution under the Act, Stephen wonders whether company directors or corporate manslaughter prosecutions are the endangered species.

Tea / coffee break

Two's company: Bill Chandler, legal director

The parties to a development agreement will have carefully considered and negotiated their obligations towards each other, but what happens if the land is transferred? Bill reviews two significant cases from 2013 which highlight the unforeseen and often unintended consequences which can result from the introduction of a third party.

The long and winding road? Paul Unger – editor, Place North West

Paul takes a look at the property and construction sector from the developers' perspective; what can we expect from the second half of 2013 and into 2014? Are there reasons to be cheerful? What projects are planned for the North West that could create opportunities for the developer and the sector as a whole?

17:30 BBQ and Zoo Safari

Venue details and directions

Chester Zoo, Upton by Chester, Caughall Road car park


  • Please confirm your attendance by Wednesday 26 June 2013 to Kerri McKeown. Email: Telephone: +44 (0)151 600 8752

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