New: rural online cpd – #rubrief

I am very pleased to announce that I have formed a joint venture with Syncskills to offer a series of web-classes for rural professionals and managers.  These will run on occasional Fridays throughout the year and offer you an easy, affordable and accessible way to receive timely, focussed professional cpd at the comfort of your desk.

All the professional, legal and financial information you need to deliver the highest level of service to your clients:
• Affordable CPD from the comfort of your Office
• A monthly live online session on Friday morning
• A support community on Twitter and LinkedIn to ask questions
• Key points, easy to download and listen again at the end of each session
• No travel time and cost
• Small intereactive sessions to discuss real life challenges and concrete solutions
• Information and content exclusively designed for Rural Land Professionals including agricultural valuers, estate managers and owners.

Bookings are now open for the first class in the series, The General Data Protection Regulation which will affect all rural property professionals when it comes into effect on 25 May this year.  Book here.  Arrangements to protect client and other data need to be reviewed now and changes put in place before the regulation comes into effect.  Prices start at £32.93 for trainee surveyors and valuers with discounts against the full price for RICS, CAAV and CLA members.
The provisional programme for 2018 is as follows:

16.2.18 General Data Protection Regulation: what all property people need to know and do by May 2018

All businesses must be prepared for the EU General Data Protection Regulations which will cover all personal data used and stored by business with very few exceptions.  Penalties for infringement can be high, as much as £17 million or 4% of global turnover.  The regulations come into force on 25 May so action is needed now.

Almost every business will at some time or other be a data controller or a data processor.  The definitions are not restricted to digital data – paper records are covered too.  You need to establish your lawful basis for processing data at the outset, and you must have a privacy notice which makes this clear.

With Brexit looming will this continue to matter?  It most certainly will, with a new Digital Privacy Bill now before Parliament to take over where the EU finishes.

All staff with access to personal data need to be clear on their responsibilities.  This online web class will provide a full briefing on the requirements, the transition to the Digital Privacy Act in due course and the practical steps which can be taken in professional firms concerned with the provision of property professional and agency services.  The interactive approach will ensure you finish the class with a good grasp of the requirements and an excellent foundation to make sure you can comply with your personal and corporate responsibilities with confidence.

23.3.18 Trustees and beneficiaries of rural estates: what you and the professional team need to know and do

Many rural estates are held in trust generally for reasons of long-term asset protection and security.  Trustees carry a heavy burden of responsibility – heavier typically than a company director or shareholder.  This web class will focus on the legal basis of these responsibilities and the practical measures through which they can be discharged.  Essential learning for trustees, beneficiaries and all those – especially from the non-legal professions – who advise them or work for rural and other estates held in trust.  The focus is on private family trusts although much of the material is equally relevant to charitable trustees.

18.5.18 Inheritance Tax: the key rural reliefs for valuers and estate managers – use them or lose them!

Agricultural Property Relief is well-known as a key relief from Inheritance Tax.  However its availability has become far from straightforward with recent developments in case law.  This particularly affects the status of farmhouses, farm cottages and farm buildings.   Business Property Relief has also quietly been growing in importance on the rural estate with recent cases providing more insight into the treatment of leisure accommodation, grazing lets and other forms of specialised enterprise which are virtually unique to rural estates.    The status of woodland for Inheritance Tax can be particularly challenging – important with woodland in modest condition coming in regularly at values up to £10,000/acre and more.

Meanwhile recent years have seen significant changes in the way loans can be relieved for IHT purposes and we have started to see the roll-out of the Residential Nil-Rate Band.

The general rural practitioner must be familiar with all these aspects, whether as a valuer or estate adviser.  This web class will provide a complete update with plenty of opportunity to explore your own understanding and to raise questions with the presenter.

29.6.18 Practical preparation for Brexit on the farm and rural estate

The headlines will continue to be dominated by the latest state of negotiations on the terms of Brexit and the outlook for future trade agreements.  Fascinating to many but of little practical use to owners, managers and advisers who must continue to engage with the here and now in business management and planning.

This web class will provide a snapshot overview of the latest developments before focussing on practical measures which can be taken now on rural estates and farms, measures which will benefit the business no matter what the outcome of negotiations.  There will be plenty of opportunities to share insights and ideas while building your own confidence in the future-proofing of your and your clients’ businesses.

13.7.18 Compulsory purchase: new legislation and cases from 2016 and 2017

A stream of cases continues to come through the Upper Tribunal Lands Chamber and the higher courts; meanwhile government has passed the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 and the Housing and Planning Act 2016.  Both Acts make substantial but detailed changes to the Compensation Code.  What are they?  How and when do they affect your clients, whether acquiring authorities or property owners and occupiers facing Compulsory Purchase Orders, Hybrid bills and Development Consent Orders?

This web class will address the latest developments largely in a rural context.  Opportunities for interaction will ensure that you will have the opportunity to focus on your questions in what is now a highly-complex area of professional practice.

14.9.18 Ten key strategic issues for rural estate owners and managers

Is Brexit the only game in town?  Certainly not.  This web class will be an opportunity to take a broader strategic view on other developments in the rural economy.  By September we will have seen the Environment White Paper and a new Agriculture Bill.  Other technical and policy developments will be coming to the fore, not least future arrangements for farm support.  Debate our ten key strategic issues, add your own and identify the advice and support your clients will be needing over the next five to ten years in order to ensure the future prosperity of your rural consultancy or estate management business.

12.10.18 Making the grade as an expert witness

Whether you like it or not, as a professional adviser you are likely to find yourself having to give evidence as an expert witness at some point in your career.  What are the rules?  Where do you get guidance?  How must you conduct yourself?  What can you expect?  Learn how to approach the role of a rural expert witness with confidence.  In doing so you will be supporting your clients in that most challenging task: seeking a cost-effective solution to disputes which allows parties to move on with minimal loss, maximum gain and with pride (and business) intact.

26.10.18 Targeted effective concise: how to write professionally and effectively

You must be able to communicate effectively.  This web class is an opportunity to define the principles of effective professional writing, to critique a range of examples and to work on our own approach and style.  Our emphasis will be on clarity and effectiveness rather than some of the pedantic ‘rules’ of English grammar unjustly claimed by so many self-proclaimed experts.  For example we shall boldly split our infinitives if this will make our work clear, concise and effective.  And we shall have no compunction about starting some of our sentences with conjunctions if this will also help our cause.

23.11.18 New accounting regulations: the implications for rural valuers

GAAP, FRS 102, FRS 105, Biological Assets: the language of the new accounting regulations is as baffling to non-accountants as the Red Book must be to non-valuers.  Yet as a profession much of our work in valuation is tied up with accounting requirements.  Even the humble farm stock-taking valuation is potentially affected by changes in accounting regulations.  This web class will focus on what the valuer needs to know to respond appropriately and effectively to instructions for valuations required for formal accounts.

14.12.18 Latest on Brexit, rural taxation and other key strategic developments for rural estates and farms

With the 2018 Budget fresh on our screens this will be an end of year opportunity to look at the key planning priorities which will shape 2019.  What New Year Messages will you need to send to your rural property clients?  What will shape the future of your firm or organisation in 2019?  An interactive opportunity to explore key strategic commercial opportunities for the two or three years ahead.

Don’t see the topic you want?  Let me know and we will see what we can do.

Watch out for further news of discounts for season ticket holders, or if you would like to arrange your own inhouse session for your team just let us know.  Meanwhile we look forward to seeing you online in 2018!

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2 thoughts on “New: rural online cpd – #rubrief

  1. Hi Charles, in order to really bulk up my CPO knowledge do you know of any series of lectures that deals with the topic. Generally there is an occasional lecture here and there but a series of weekly lectures would be really useful – do you know of any such offering?
    Kind regards
    John Corridan

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