Land Use Conference 2023

Thursday 12 October 2023

The View, Royal College of Surgeons, London WC2A 3PP

Landmark Chambers will be hosting the Land Use Conference 2023 – Town and Country: the big issues for urban and rural communities and the natural environment on Thursday 12 October 2023, 8.45am – 7pm.


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Please visit the Land Use Conference website to book your place

This in-person conference will be relevant for anyone who is involved in planning for, shaping, building, advising on, litigating about or providing services and funding for land, buildings, community services and infrastructure.

This conference from Landmark Chambers offers the chance to step back from the day-to-day business and explore the wider issues affecting how our land is planned, developed, used, funded and protected.

Bringing together the unique cross-sector expertise of Landmark’s barristers, the day will include a series of presentations from keynote speakers and an array of breakout sessions, which will allow you to participate in the debate and focus on areas that may be of special interest to you, or about which you are simply curious to know more.

Working in cross-disciplinary groups, Landmark’s specialist planning, property, environmental, public and rating barristers will share their thoughts and lead the debate on critical issues facing those involved in shaping the future of our communities.

The full programme and booking page may be accessed here.

Speakers throughout the day include:

Lord Carnwath CVO, David Elvin KC, David Holland KC, Jenny Wigley KC, Paul Brown KC, Rupert Warren KCDavid Forsdick KC, Tom Weekes KC, Matthew Reed KC, Samantha Broadfoot KC, Myriam Stacey KC, Toby Watkin KC, Alex Goodman KC, Richard Turney, Yaaser Vanderman, Luke Wilcox, Miriam Seitler, Siân McGibbon, Kimberley Ziya and Charles Bishop.

Date and time

Thursday 12 October 2023 | 9:00 - 16:00


£199 + VAT




8.45 - 9.30 - Registration & refreshments

9.30 - 9.45 - Introduction and opening remarks - David Elvin KC and Lord Carnwath CVO

9.45 - 10.30 - Headline Session - Tate Modern: implications for developers and landowners - Tom Weekes KC and Jenny Wigley KC

10.30 - 11.15 - Headline Session - Potential impediments to development of land formerly in public use (a discussion of the Supreme Court decision in Day v. Shropshire, the ways in which former land use may impede development or sale of land, and how to evaluate risks) - Alex Goodman KC and Kimberley Ziya

11.15 - 11.35 - Refreshments

11.35 - 12.20 - Headline Session - Injunctions: wild camping, environmental protestors and the traveller community - Samantha Broadfoot KC, Myriam Stacey KC and Yaaser Vanderman

12.20 - 13.15 - Lunch

13.15 - 14.00 - Headline Session - Water, water everywhere: managing water resources and impacts of development under the current and emerging environmental regimes - David Forsdick KC, Luke Wilcox and Charles Bishop

14.00 - 16.00 - Breakout Sessions - You will be asked to select one topic from each of the breakout sessions below closer to the date of the conference.

Breakout Session One

• Overcoming impediments to the development of land - legal and practical issues - David Forsdick KC and Toby Watkin KC
• Noisy neighbours and other activities likely to be prejudicial to human health or a nuisance - David Elvin KC and Richard Turney

Breakout Session Two

• Asylum Accommodation - housing and planning issues in the Courts and future problems - Tim Mould KC
• Conditional contracts and development agreements - "onerous planning permission clauses" - how to draft them and how to enforce/escape from them - David Holland KC and Rupert Warren KC

16.00 - 17.00 - Question and answer session based on the breakout discussions

17.00 - 19.00 - Networking drinks and canapés

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