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

Five Counties Conference 2019

High Wycombe

The Five Counties Conference 2019, sponsored by VWV, took place on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 at the Wycombe Swan theatre in High Wycombe. 


The following presentations from the conference are available to download for your personal use.  They must not be copied nor used commercially.

Planning update  Mark Schmull, Arrow Planning

Risk, liability and insurance in valuation work  Alexandra Anderson, RPC

Professional indemnity insurance update  Greg Harrison, Howden Group

From here to uncertainty Gerald Ashley

Corporate insolvency  Mark Tempest & Ambuja Bose, VWV

Commercial service charges  Jamie McNeil MRICS

Residential leasehold matters  Fiona Baker, VWV

Surveying heritage property  Richard Oxley MRICS

A fresh look at Japanese knotweed?  Philip Santo FRICS

Conference programme

Planning update

Mark Schmull, Arrow Planning

With the consultation on Planning reform:  supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes underway, there will be changes to planning law in coming months.  Mark Schmull will highlight significant proposals and decisions in planning.

RICS Risk, liability and insurance in valuation Guidance Note, 2nd edition

Alexandra Anderson, RPC

As a member of the working group for this guidance note, 2nd edition published January 2018, Alexandra presents the key points in understanding the main risks and liabilities associated with valuation.  

The latest on professional indemnity insurance

Simon Marsh, director, Fraser Miller

Simon Marsh shows how it is possible to maintain effective PII cover at a reasonable cost by identifying and managing risks in one’s activities.  He will also discuss some common claims problems.

"From here to uncertainty"

Gerald Ashley

An entertaining, insightful look at where many conventional, accepted ways of viewing problems, making decisions and assessing risk are flawed.

Looking at risk from a variety of industries and areas of life and study, Gerald challenges the classical economic models which attempt to predict behaviour with linear, rational processes; people simply don’t work like that, whether it’s consumers deciding on what product to buy, or business leaders choosing corporate strategy or investment.

Commercial session  
Tenant insolvency

Mark Tempest, VWV and Ambuja Bose, VWV

When you’re facing tenant insolvency, it’s better to be prepared to steer a way through the situation in an informed manner and in such a way as to minimise the negative consequences.

Commercial service charges

Jamie McNeil MRICS, McNeil Commercial

Jamie McNeil discusses the RICS Professional Statement “Service charges in commercial property, 4th edition”, published in September 2018 and effective April 2019.
Residential session  

Surveying heritage property

Richard Oxley MRICS, Oxley Conservation

Richard Oxley examines what to look out for when surveying older properties and how to report what one has found.

Residential leasehold matters

Fiona Baker, VWV

Covering a range of residential leasehold matters from leasehold enfranchisement to the right to manage, including the valuation of leasehold property, applicable to leaseholders and freeholders.

A fresh look at Japanese knotweed

Philip Santo, FRICS

With existing RICS guidance on Japanese knotweed  no longer appropriate following important research earlier in 2018, and the Waistell vs Network Rail Court of Appeal ruling, Philip Santo provides an update on the way forward.


Conference sponsors

We are delighted that Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP solicitors sponsored the conference once again.

VWV-Logo-CMYK.pngVeale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV) is a full service, award winning commercial law firm with leading sector specialists.  Our combination of expertise, genuine teamwork and client commitment sets us apart, and that is why we are confident that we can deliver the best and most effective legal solutions to help you succeed.

Our sector-focused approach enables us to provide a wide spectrum of legal services to a variety of sectors, including aerospace and defence, charities, education, energies and utilities, family businesses, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, private wealth, public, recruitment, startups and technology.

VWV now has over 380 staff based at offices in four locations:  London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham, which means that we can deliver your legal needs, wherever you are.

The Five Counties Conference is organised by 3CPD Ltd.