For CPD events for property professionals across the Chilterns and Thames Valley

Five Counties Conference 2018

Wycombe Swan theatre, High Wycombe HP11 2XE

Bitterly cold, heavy snow showers and bright sunshine - that was High Wycombe for the Five Counties Conference 2018.  But almost everyone turned up - thank you for supporting the event!

The speakers' slides and notes are available below.


The Five Counties Conference is organised by 3CPD with input from chartered surveyors across the region. Most importantly, the organisers rely upon your feedback to put on an event that satisfies your needs.

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The slides and notes from the conference are available below for you to download for your personal use.  If you have any questions regarding the topics or would like further information, please get in touch with us or with the speakers directly.

Red Book update - John Faulkner FRICS

Investment and development in the leisure sectorAshley Blake FRICS

RICS ethics - Jon Lever FRICS.  More details at

How to lose an arbitrationDavid Gilbert FRICS

Ground (f) - demolition and reconstructionScott Goldstein

Energy Act - deadline looming April 2018Martin Gibbons MRICS

Residential services charges, including Section 20 noticesElliott Brookes

Building pathology - Writing Wrongs (notes and slides) - Prof Malcolm Hollis FRICS

Diagnosing damp - Geoff Hunt FRICS

Conference programme

The conference has an attractive programme of technical and professional talks for surveyors in commercial and residential practice, providing up to six hours of formal CPD for RICS members:

  • Permitted development
  • Red Book update
  • Investment and development in the leisure sector
  • RICS ethics
  • How to lose an arbitration
  • Commercial legal matters:  Ground (f) - demolition and reconstruction
  • Residential legal matters:  residential services charges, including Section 20 notices
  • Building pathology
  • Diagnosing damp
  • ... and more.

How to book

Five Counties Conference 2018 booking formYou may book online today in one of three ways:

  • Book online  Click on the link to the left, complete the online form and we'll send you an invoice for you to make payment by bank transfer or cheque.
  • By post  Complete the booking form on the back page of the conference brochure (on the right) and post to 3CPD Ltd with a cheque.
  • By email  Complete the booking form on the back page of the conference brochure, scan and email to


Conference speakers

The conference speakers include:

Ashley Blake FRICS  Ashley Blake is the CEO of Otium Real Estate, a property investment company with a focus on commercial leisure real estate, including recent investment in the Milton Keynes Theatre District.

Prior to Otium, he was at Land Securities, the UK’s biggest REIT, where he was responsible for a £4bn retail and leisure portfolio leading the investment, asset management, property management, marketing, research and leasing functions. During his time at Land Securities his portfolio acquired £760m of new leisure assets and asset-managed over £1.3bn of leisure property.  He led the successful takeover of an unlisted real estate fund, X-Leisure, that enabled Land Securities to deploy £600m into the leisure sector.

Elliott Brookes  Elliott is a solicitor at B P Collins, working in the Property Dispute Resolution Team.  Newly qualified, with growing expertise in property litigation matters, including boundary disputes, regulated mortgage contract disputes, possession proceedings and L&T Act 1954 matters. He advises commercial landlords, management companies and high net worth individuals.

John Faulkner FRICS  John Faulkner combines two roles, offering property advice across North West England and delivering CPD training for qualified and trainee surveyors through the JFPC Valuation School.  He’s a chartered valuation surveyor and RICS registered valuer with a wealth of experience and an in-depth knowledge of the Red Book.  John is also the RICS North West Regional Training Advisor.

Martin Gibbons MRICS  Martin is a director of Vital Property Solutions, offering statutory surveys and assessments to commercial property landlords and occupiers across the UK.  Prior to setting up this business, Martin worked in  commercial property agency in London and the Thames Valley.

David Gilbert FRICS FCIArb  David is National Head of Professional Standards and Practice in Lambert Smith Hampton.  He has been on the RICS President’s Arbitration Panel for more than 25 years and in that time has dealt with over 500 references. He is also an accredited Mediator and holds a Cardiff University Law School Expert Witness Certificate. 

David is probably best known as a valuer and lease advisory specialist and as an advisor in dilapidations disputes. He has published papers on related subjects and the Energy Act/MEES in a wide variety of industry journals. He continues to work on diminution valuations for dilapidations disputes, including Expert Witness Reports.  He provided the first working draft of the valuation section for the 7th Edition Dilapidations Guidance Note and subsequently assisted the working group in settling the final version.

Scott Goldstein  Scott is Head of Property Dispute Resolution at B P Collins, working closely with solicitors in other practice areas across the firm, especially the property department.  He is especially interested in business tenancy renewals, leasehold enfranchisement, service charge disputes, rights of way disputes and dilapidations.  Scott has had articles and comment published in many journals and newspapers including the Financial Times and The Daily Beast.  He is also a member of the Education and Training Committee of the Property Litigation Association. 

Prof Malcolm Hollis FRICS  Malcolm is a building pathologist in private practice, in which his work involves the appraisal of the impact of condition on the built environment for the UK government, and public and private sectors clients. He has held the chair of Building Pathology at Reading University since 1988, and is a well-known author and presenter on radio and TV.

Geoff Hunt FRICS  Geoff is a well-known building surveyor with a particular interest and knowledge of defects in period properties.  He is a member of the RICS Building Surveying Professional Group board, author of Residential Building Defects, published by RICS, and the author of Timelines, the practical guide to understanding the history of domestic construction over 500 years.

Andy Jansons FRICS  Andy has been in property since 1983, working for various surveying practices before forming a commercial agency, Jansons & Partners in the 90s.  After selling to Colliers CRE, he formed Jansons Property in 2003 as a joint venture development company with the Williams Pears Group.  As a motivational speaker, Andy talks about his experience and motivation in starting his first business and the lessons he has learnt along the way.

Jon Lever FRICS  Jon Lever has engaged with RICS and its members for over 10 years regarding RICS Rules and Ethics, speaking regularly at conferences promoting RICS values and offering his personal, down-to-earth, opinion on what RICS members should and should not be striving for.  His work for in guiding and assessing APC candidates stretches back over 20 years as an RICS UK Training Advisor and through the eponymous Delever Associates.  Jon is a member of RICS Governing Council.

Conference sponsors

We are delighted that B P Collins LLP solicitors are sponsoring the conference in 2018, together with Jansons Property and Woodhouse Workspace.

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B P Collins LLPB P Collins LLP is an established law firm, listed as a 'regional heavyweight' in the annual Legal 500 league tables.  The largest single-office law firm in Buckinghamshire, its lawyers are dedicated to delivering innovative solutions to life's challenges, whether in a personal or professional capacity. through outstanding service and the long-term relationships they build with clients and select business partners.

The experienced team of commercial and residential property experts has grown in recent years and combines a detailed legal knowledge with a practical awareness of prevailing market conditions, whilst maintaining a keen commercial awareness of a client's business objectives. They impress with their depth of expertise and ability to handle the full range of commercial and residential property needs, whether simple or complex, large or small, local or national.

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Jansons PropertyJansons Property is a partnership of the tenacious and innovative approach of Andy Jansons with the financial might of the William Pears Group. Jansons is a highly regarded property developer and investor, with a diverse portfolio.  Jansons specialises in hotel, industrial, mixed-use and residential sectors.

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Woodhouse WorkspaceWoodhouse is a family business, based in Hatfield with clients nationwide, that combines a reputation for innovation with a long history of excellence in construction.

For more than 40 years Woodhouse has been helping organisations achieve high-quality workspaces that are crafted to their needs.


Conference fees

  Price excl. VAT VAT Total
With lunch £82.50 £16.50 £99.00
Without lunch £70.83 £14.17 £85.00
With lunch (with 3CPD discount) £57.50 £11.50 £69.00
Without lunch (with 3CPD discount) £45.83 £9.17 £55.00
With lunch (for ALL APC candidates) £57.50 £11.50 £69.00
Without lunch (for ALL APC candidates) £45.83 £9.17 £55.00

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Travelling to the conference

The venue for the conference is the Wycombe Swan theatre, St Mary Street, High Wycombe  HP11 2XE.  It's located in the centre of High Wycombe, just off the High Street.

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You have a choice of travel options:

By rail  The theatre is five minutes' walk from High Wycombe railway station, served by Chiltern Railways, with a journey time of as little as 24 minutes from London Marylebone.

By car  There are several car parks in High Wycombe town centre, including the St Mary Street car park adjoining the theatre.  Car parks in High Wycombe

By park and ride - Recommended - The park and ride service operates from the High Wycombe Coachway at Handy Cross (M40 Jn 4).  Buses run every 20 minutes to the town centre and it costs only £2.60.  The bus stop for the theatre is on Queen Victoria Road.  Wycombe Park and Ride

The Five Counties Conference is organised by 3CPD Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation offering CPD, networking and social events across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties for RICS members and others working in the construction and property sectors.  3CPD is run by local chartered surveyors.