Insights from the Compulsory Purchase Association National Conference
We had an excellent day at the Compulsory Purchase Association (CPA) Conference in London, where our Dalcour Maclaren (DM) colleagues gathered to engage in insightful discussions and gain valuable knowledge. The conference shed light on various aspects of the industry, and we would like to share some key takeaways from our colleagues’ feedback.
Claim Form Working Group: Striving for Better Outcomes
One of the highlights of the conference was the emphasis on reform within the industry, spearheaded by the CPA’s Claim Form Working Group. Led by Liz Neate (Deloittes) and Beth Casey (Squire Patton Boggs), the group aims to enhance the process for both Acquiring Authorities and Claimants, ultimately seeking to deliver better outcomes for all parties involved.
Recognising the limitations of existing guidance on preparing a Statement of Claim and the inflexibility of the current Model Claim Form, the Working Group is focused on developing a clearer process. They emphasise the importance of clear and concise communication, understanding the challenges and requirements of both Acquiring Authorities and Claimants.
While improved claim preparation may not necessarily lead to earlier settlement, it is expected to facilitate earlier constructive engagement, reduce confrontations over facts, and make the overall process less adversarial. The Claim Form Working Group is eager to gather experiences and insights from industry professionals to shape the future. We encourage you to reach out to the CPA and contribute to this essential endeavour.
Staying Safe in the Expert Witness Field: RICS Guidance Update
The conference also addressed the crucial topic of staying safe in the expert witness field. RICS recently released an amended version of their Professional Guidance, “Surveyors acting as expert witnesses." This updated guidance builds on the previous version and includes additional non-mandatory Guidance Notes and appendices, amounting to a comprehensive resource for experts.
The new guidance covers various aspects of the expert’s role, from accepting instructions to managing client and tribunal relationships, as well as the mechanics of preparation, attendance, and conduct during the hearing process. It provides invaluable insights and ensures that experts are equipped with the necessary knowledge and understanding to fulfil their duties effectively. We commend RICS for this significant contribution to the field.
Diversity and Inclusion: Resourcing the Future
An important theme discussed during the conference was diversity and inclusion in the industry. Recognising the resourcing challenges faced by many sectors, including the niche world of Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO), it is crucial to attract new talent and widen the talent pool.
The conference introduced the inspiring work of Regeneration Brainery by Kathryn Jump and Judi Greenwood. They are actively engaging and encouraging young people to consider careers in property and regeneration. The involvement of young individuals in addressing the conference demonstrated the potential and confidence of future talent.
It is high time for the industry to rethink traditional routes and explore new avenues to attract and retain diverse talent. The demand for skilled professionals in the field, especially in niche areas like surveying and valuation, necessitates a fresh approach. We urge everyone to explore the work of the Regeneration Brainery and reflect on our own inclusivity and appeal to future talent.
The Compulsory Purchase Association Conference provided a platform for industry professionals to come together, share insights, and work towards reform and inclusion. The initiatives undertaken by the Claim Form Working Group, the updated RICS guidance, and the focus on resourcing the future showcased the commitment of the industry to drive positive change.
We are grateful for the opportunity to attend the conference and connect with colleagues and peers in the field. The collective efforts of professionals like you will shape the future of the industry, ensuring better outcomes, enhanced expertise, and a more inclusive and diverse landscape.