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Programme: RICS Rural Conference

Morning sessions

8:30: Registration and coffee

09:00: Chair’s Opening Remarks

Gerard Smith, Partner, Lacy Scott & Knight and Chairman, RICS Rural Professional Group

09:05: Agriculture and Brexit – challenges and opportunities

  • Irish and UK agricultural sectors
  • Potential Brexit implications
  • Impact of change on the agriculture sector, exports and the industry in general

09:35: Q&A

Dr Fiona Thorne, Senior Research Officer, Teagasc

09:45: Clean Growth Strategy – leading the way to a low carbon future

  • Leadership and progress
  • Opportunities and challenges
  • Next steps

10:15: Q&A

10:25: Networking refreshment break

10:50: Renewable energy – what are the opportunities

  • Overview of renewable energy sectors in the UK
  • Renewable energy outlook
  • Batteries, grid and the capacity market
  • Other issues facing the sector

11:20: Q&A

11:30: Taxation session

12:05: Q&A

12:15: Lunch

Afternoon sessions

13:30: Rural arbitration guidance

  • The recently published Rural Arbitration Guidance Note
    • relevance to members
    • relevance to clients
    • relevance to other professionals
    • arbitration procedures and process – the law and in practice
    • acting as arbitrator – who are they and what do they do
    • acting for a party to an arbitration – as advisor, advocate or expert
  • The Simplified Arbitration Scheme
  • TRIG recommendations to Defra to allow expert determination of disputes as an alternative to arbitration

14:00: Q&A

Philip Meade, RICS Registered Valuer, Davis Meade Property Consultants

14:10: Essential update for the farm family business

  • Rules of inheritance
  • Wills
  • Trusts and Trustees
  • Role of a trustee

14:40: Q&A

14:50: Valuation of development land

  • Assessing the development potential
  • Valuing by the comparison method
  • Valuing by the residual method
  • The residual method
  • Assessing the land value
  • Reporting the valuation

15:20: Q&A

15:30: Compulsory purchase orders – compensation aspects

  • The Compensation code
  • Relevance of Town and Country Planning legislation
  • Compensation considerations
  • Case law update

16:00: Q&A

16:10: Chair’s closing remarks

Gerard Smith, Partner, Lacy Scott & Knight and Chairman, RICS Rural Professional Group