How to Prepare For and Manage Public Inquiries

Organiser: NW RTPI
Location: Pinsent Masons, Manchester
Phone: 0161 604 7799

Pinsent Masons and 39 Essex Street will jointly present an informative and interactive training session dealing with the process and management of Public Inquiries including specific instruction in providing expert evidence.

The session will open with a Mock Planning Inquiry in order to set the scene and demonstrate the tactics and pitfalls of being an expert witness. The session will then cover a number of key areas of the Public Inquiry process from a management and technical perspective which will be of interest to those involved in the Public Inquiry process including expert witnesses, planning and environmental consultants, local government officers and legal advisers.

Areas to be covered include:

  • Mock Planning Inquiry
  • PINs Appeal Guidance
  • Witness Evidence and Witness Handling
  • Section 106 and Unilateral Undertakings
  • Environmental Impact Assessment at Inquiries
  • Enforcement Appeals
  • Viability at Appeals
  • When Inspectors Go Astray

Book your place now

Please return your completed booking form to or Bev Watson, RTPI NW, 2nd Floor, Emerson House, Albert St, Eccles, Salford, M30 0TE


9.30am Registration & refreshments

10am Welcome and Introduction by the chairman. Mike Pocock, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

10.10am Mock Inquiry. 39 Essex Street and Expert witnesses

11.10am Coffee break

11.30am PINS Appeal guidance. John Pugh-Smith, 39 Essex Street

12 midday Witness Evidence and Witness Evidence. Daniel Steadman-Jones, 39 Essex Street

12.30pm Section 106 and Unilateral Undertakings. Mike Pocock and Liz Wiseman, Pinsent Masons LLP

1pm Lunch

1.50pm Environmental Impact Assessment at Inquiries. James Strachan QC, 39 Essex Street

2.20pm Enforcement Appeals. Jack Anderson, 39 Essex Street

2.50pm Viability at Appeals. Christiaan Zwart, 39 Essex Street

3.20pm When Inspectors Go Astray. Martin Edwards, 39 Essex Street

3.50pm Questions and Answers

4pm Close

Booking your place

Please fill in the form below, indicating payment method preferred.

RTPI members – £95 +VAT (£114.00)

Non-RTPI members – £100 +VAT (£120.00)

Retired RTPI members – £47.50 +VAT (£57.00)

Limited subsidised places are available for unwaged members and students on full time RTPI accredited courses – £30.00 +VAT (£36.00)

Cancellations must be received at least 7 days before the event or may be subject to a £20 cancellation fee. No refund will be given for non-attendance but substitutions are acceptable at any time.

Ring Bev Watson on 0161 604 7799

Email or post it to: Bev Watson, RTPI NW Regional Co-ordinator, 2nd Floor, Emerson House, Albert St, Eccles, Salford, M30 0TE