Hill Dickinson unveils property conference details

Hill Dickinson's annual developers' conference at Chester Zoo will cover topical issues in property and construction including village green objectors and case law around the enforced sale of flats in the recession.

The event takes place on 1 July and presentations will be followed by a barbeque and networking evening that will include a guided zoo safari, an opportunity to explore the zoo after the gates have been closed to the public.

The programme for the event is as follows:

13.00 Registration at Oakfield Manor including refreshments

13.45 Welcome by Robin Jones, Chester office partner at Hill Dickinson

Lessons to be learned: Ralph Bullivant, partner: Two contrasting cases of interest to developers and landlords. North Eastern Properties Limited -v- Coleman & Quinn is a decision on the enforceability of contracts for the sale of flats, and Deajan provides a salutary lesson for landlords on recovering the cost of certain works from residential tenants.

Construction update: Alan Pugh, partner: Letters of intent are widely used in the construction industry and are a big cause of disputes, but do they still have a place in construction projects?

Town and village greens: John Holmes, head of planning: Following Redcar the odds for registration are now firmly in favour of claimants and objectors to development. John takes a frolic around the impact of the case and the latest proposals for reform.

No prizes for developers in this competition? Bill Chandler, legal director: Can restrictive covenants on development sites be challenged as being anti-competitive? And what about typical lease obligations in the pre-lets, or the exclusivity promised to the anchor tenant? With the much-hyped repeal of the Land Agreements Exclusion Order in limbo, developers who ignore the competition law implications of their agreements do so at their peril.

17.00 BBQ and zoo safari

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