Making the grade as an expert witness

Our next online seminar will cover the requirements expected of expert witnesses in court, tribunal and arbitration cases.  In particular we will look at the implications of Gardiner and Theobald v Jackson (VO).  This judgment, delivered by the Upper Chamber Lands Tribunal in August, reviewed issues regarding the perceived impartiality of an expert witness with regard to his fee relationship with the client.  It underlines the importance of looking at the wider picture in considering the important expectation of the neutrality of experts in court cases.

Please do join us on Friday 12 October, 9.30 to 11.00 am (BST) if you would like to know:

  • Duties of expert witnesses imposed by the courts and tribunals;
  • Key professional expectations, in particular those set out by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors;
  • The differences between advocates and experts;
  • When you can and cannot combine the role of advocate with expert evidence, and how to deal with this dual role in the situations where they can be combined;
  • Preparing the evidence;
  • Preparing for cross examination;
  • This seminar should be of interest to anybody whose work may draw them into the role of an expert witness from time to time.  The emphasis will be on the work of valuers and surveyors, particularly in a rural context, but the key messages apply to anybody acting in a professional capacity.

Full details including booking form here, or cut and paste this link into your browser https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-the-grade-as-an-expert-witness-tickets-42462186543

Meanwhile we are preparing our programme for 2019.  Please do get in touch if you have topics that you need or would like us to cover.

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Stop Press: #RuBrief Season Ticket special offer for online seminars for the rural professional

We are offering a cut-price season ticket for this year’s series of online seminars for a limited period.  Full details here

Get 25% off if you book your #RuBrief season ticket before 22nd March at Midnight

  • Get priority access to #RuBrief content ~ Each session is limited to 30 participants
  • Register over 10 Hours of Formal CPD
  • Receive recording of the session within 24hrs even if you can’t attend the live session
  • Exclusive invitation to #RuBrief Peer Group on Linkedin to ask questions and get answers at the point of need.

Season ticket price for 9 sessions :

Standard ticket £50 = £337.5 instead of £450

RICS, CAAV or CLA members £40 = £270 instead of £360.

RICS APC Candidates £30 = £202.5 instead of £360

Book today and you could also join us for our Friday session (16 March) on the General Data Protection Regulation, or the re-run of this session on Friday 27 April

Your #RuBrief Season programme:

Note: If you have already signed up for one of the following contact us and will issue a refund for each individually booked session if you would rather buy a season ticket instead.

  1. “Trustees and beneficiaries of rural estates business best practice” on 23 Mar 2018 – 09:30
  2. “Inheritance Tax: the key rural reliefs for valuers and estate managers – use them or lose them!” on 18 May 2018 09:30
  3. “Practical preparation for Brexit on the farm and rural estate on 29 Jun 2018” – 09:30
  4. “Compulsory purchase: new legislation and cases from 2016 and 2017” on 13 Jul 2018 – 09:30
  5. “Ten key strategic issues for rural estate owners and managers” on 14 Sep 2018 – 09:30
  6. “Making the grade as an expert witness” on 12 Oct 2018 – 09:30
  7. “Targeted effective concise: how to write professionally and effectively” on 26 Oct 2018 – 09:30
  8. “New accounting regulations: the implications for rural valuers” on 23 Nov 2018 – 09:30
  9. “Latest on Brexit, rural taxation and other key strategic developments for rural estates and farms” on 7 Dec 2018 – 09:30

GDPR for property professionals

Another opportunity to sign up for our online seminar on the General Data Protection Regulation.  Eventbrite Booking page here, or our Syncskills/#rubrief page here

We all need to understand these regulations by 25 May.  Clients will require it; others will expect it.  The penalties and publicity for non-compliance will be at the least problematic.

Feedback from our first presentation of this online seminar included these comments on the strengths of our approach:

  • Concise yet informative
  • Simplicity and clarity
  • Clear presentation
  • Clear content, good discussion and engagement with questions
  • good to follow clear and concise
  • simple language!
  • Still in office but good interaction with other professionals
  • Ease of obtaining answers to specific questions
  • Extremely useful overview covering the salient points to note and act on
  • all of it
  • Easy access to ask questions – smallish group
  • succinct and relevant

Please do see for yourself by joining us on our next online seminar.

Two really useful CPD events at Harper Adams

Two forthcoming events at Harper Adams University, Shropshire should be of great interest to practising rural surveyors, valuers and other rural land managers.  The first event sees us joined by Barry Denyer Green of Falcon Chambers for a question-time event on compulsory purchase.  The second is a new rural research conference being hosted at Harper Adams for the first time.

COMPULSORY PURCHASE QUESTION TIME WITH AN EXPERT PANEL: 9 MARCH 2018

  • Barry Denyer Green of Falcon Chambers
  • Roger Bedson of Hinson Parry
  • Philip Meade of Davis Meade Property Consultants
  • Charles Cowap, Harper Adams University (chairman)

When? Friday 9 March, buffet lunch 12.45 for 13.15, followed by Question Time event at 14.00 to 15.15 and followed by tea and biscuits
Who? Renowned authority, barrister Barry Denyer-Green PhD HonRICS, HS2 Petitioner and Regional Compulsory Purchase Association organiser Roger Bedson FRICS FAAV, Partner in Hinson Parry and Philip Meade FRICS ACIarb RICS Dispute Resolution Standards chair and highly experienced arbitrator
What? A question-time style session with our distinguished panel looking at the current state of compulsory purchase. After a few opening remarks from each panel member we will throw the discussion open to the floor. We invite you to send your questions in beforehand, but we will also be able to take some questions on the day as well, by email to cdcowap@harper-adams.ac.uk
Where? Harper Adams University, near Edgmond, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB. Look out for the parking signs on the day.
Why? A unique opportunity to discuss the current state of our compulsory purchase code with leading authorities on the subject, and to network with fellow professionals with shared interests in this work.
How? Book and pay on the Harper Adams website at this link (or download a booking form from the same link) Cost £45+VAT (£54 including VAT) including lunch, parking and all refreshments.

RURAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE 18 APRIL 2018

This year’s programme covers a  wide range of topics including Farm tenancies, valuation, compulsory purchase, energy, health and safety, agricultural property relief, natural capital, professional negligence and others, all adding up to 6.5 hours CPD.  Latest information on the programme and booking details available on the Harper Adams website at this link.

And not forgetting the next in the Online Seminar Series with Syncskills if you prefer to update your CPD from the comfort of your office or home.  Next topic covers the role of trusts and trustees in the management of rural estates.  Between these three events you could easily cover all your CPD requirements for the year, efficiently and cost-effectively.

Names and addresses: beware!

Do you keep a note of names, addresses or telephone numbers?  No problem if this is entirely in a private and social capacity as you are exempt from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25 May 2018.  But problems loom if this is in the course of your business, commercial or professional role.

Ask yourself this: can a living person be identified from the data you hold?  For example can you tie the person’s name to an email address or a telephone number?  If the answer is yes you almost certainly need to look at the General Data Protection Regulation.

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. Continue reading “Names and addresses: beware!”

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.
Continue reading “New: rural online cpd – #rubrief”

Land Management Today

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Land Management TODAY – LMT – is published for the first time today.  The first edition is the work of a group of postgraduate students at Harper Adams University who came together at the end of June to study a module called Land Use and Management.  The first edition contains 28 short articles covering a range of topics.  Download your copy of LMT here: Land Management Today July 2017.

Here is the full contents list:

  1. How farming is set to lose its flavour
  2. Buying into Ecosystem Services – whetting the appetite for diversification
  3. Battery storage, the next big thing for energy production?
  4. Branding: Rural Estates in the head and on the ground
  5. Bringing Back Britain’s Trees
  6. Avoiding Failure with Forwards and Futures .
  7. Smother With Cover: black-grass .
  8. A Tale of Two Leys
  9. Will Dairy Cows Ever See a Human?
  10. Conventional v Organic: Breaking Down Barriers
  11. Diversity & Inclusion; The £24 billion boost
  12. Farm smart in the hills
  13. The Drones are Coming
  14. Finding your perfect partner: Relationships not Rules for land tenure success
  15. State Open for Business
  16. Tax simplification; anything but simple
  17. Spring Budget Basics for Taxation on Rural Estates
  18. Brexit for Breakfast
  19. Agricultural Trade: “Preparing for the Worst, Hoping for the Best”
  20. Soil Health Subsidies
  21. Countryside Stewardship Scheme
  22. Telecommunications-The Implications for Rural Land Owners
  23. Telecoms and the Rise of Statutory Powers
  24. Compulsory Purchase: RICS mandates practice with new PS
  25. Make sure you don’t lose out with Business Rates
  26. No Growth in the Greenbelt
  27. Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship and Capital Grants – are you missing a trick?
  28. H-App-y Maps
  29. Contributor Profiles

This is the first in what we hope will continue as a series of occasional papers on current topics of concern to land management today.