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RICS Rural Conference

RICS Rural Conference comes back to the RAU to provide attendees with the most up to date information on key issues of relevance to surveyors operating in the rural sector.

Guiding you through crucial updates in the rural sector

Twitter: #RICSRural

Wed 20 Jun 2018
08:00 AM - 04:20 PM
Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JS
5.5 hours formal CPD
£140 + VAT


RICS Rural Conference will provide the perfect platform for rural surveyors to discuss the future of the sector and how the profession can continue to deliver and ensure the prosperity of the industry.

Delivered through presentations, case studies and discussions, the conference will examine timely topics such as agriculture and Brexit, opportunities in the renewable energy sector while also looking at the grid and capacity market.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear more on the latest Rural Arbitration Guidance Note which has been designed to assist rural chartered surveyors who are appointed to act in arbitrations whether as advocates, experts or the arbitrator. Further sessions will address the compensations elements of compulsory purchase orders, essential taxation updates and key need to know if you are managing a farm family business.

Meet up with your colleagues from across the region to learn, discuss and debate challenges and potential solutions to rural issues and take away crucial lessons learned from our expert speaker line up.



Highlights of the conference include:

  • Agriculture and Brexit – challenges and opportunities
    This session will address the key issues in both England and Ireland’s agriculture sector, while also looking at economic viability and competitiveness. Gain a thorough understanding of the agriculture sector in England and Ireland and understand the opportunities and challenges for both regions.
  • Valuation of development land
    With the RICS Valuation of Development Land Guidance Note due to be published in 2018, this timely session will take a closer look at what you need to be aware of if you are involved in valuing land with development potential.
  • Renewable energy – what are the opportunities
    Stay up to date in the renewable energy sector and join discussion on a range of topics, including batteries and the grid and capacity market.
  • Rural arbitration guidance
    Understand the arbitration process and the need for arbitration to be short, speedy and effective. Philip Meade, technical author of the guidance, will share his expertise and experience in matters of agriculture and dispute resolution.
  • Compulsory purchase orders – compensation aspects
    You may find yourself advising clients whose land has been affected by a compulsory purchase. Review the compensations aspects of CPOs, the relevance of Town and Planning legislation and case law updates.


Industry leading speakers include:

  • Dr Fiona Thorne, Senior Research Officer, Teagasc
  • Ian Bailey, Head of Rural Research, Savills
  • Philip Meade, RICS Registered Valuer, Davis Meade Property Consultants
  • Rachael Ruane, Partner, Burges Salmon
  • Robert Fourt, Partner, Gerald Eve
  • Mark Warnett, Associate Partner, Carter Jonas
  • Charles Cowap, Principal Lecturer, Harper Adams University
  • Gerard Smith, Partner, Lacy Scott & Knight and Chairman, RICS Rural Professional Group (Conference Chair)
  • David Chismon, Partner, Saffery Champness

View the full programme

Build your surveying network

You’ve told us that networking is an important part of your conference experience. So, we’ve set aside times in the day to give you a chance to network with like-minded professionals, including your peers and our expert panel of speakers. One of these is a two-course hot lunch while you connect with colleagues old and new.

As part of our conference exhibition, sector-specific exhibitors will introduce the latest products and services to you to add value to your business.

You will also have access to RICS conference app to enhance your conference experience. With it you can:

  • Interact with the speakers via polling and live Q&A sessions to ensure your burning questions are answered.
  • Get access to all the speaker presentations and save these to your desktop for future reference. This means you’ll miss nothing important on the day.
  • View up-to-the-minute session details, including full speaker bios and add your own notes while the session is being delivered.
  • Use the advanced networking feature to interact and engage with fellow attendees. The app provides a great way to catch up and follow up if you miss them during the networking sessions.

What happened last year?

Hear what last year's delegates had to say.

Watch highlights from RICS Rural Conference 2017, where delegates discussed the economy, political landscape and impact of technology upon their businesses and those of their clients.

And watch last year's full panel discussion on the topic of new markets for land and nature, including: planning for ecosystem services, Natural Infrastructure Schemes and delivering new income streams into farming.


Group discounts:

  • Book 3 or more places and get 10% off
  • Book 5 or more places and get 15% off
  • Book 7 or more places and get 20% off
  • RICS professionals £140 + VAT
  • Non-RICS professional £189 + VAT
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