The Joint Planning Law Conference, Oxford is now in its 45th year. It provides a unique opportunity for members of all four planning professions to meet and network in relaxed surroundings and to discuss the key legal issues that affect the planning system.
It is regularly fully booked with around 200 delegates from all four professions and offers excellent value for money. Often referred to as "the Oxford planning conference" or "JPLC", it has become something of an institution but don't let this put you off - new faces are just as welcome as the more familiar ones.
JPLC Oxford is jointly organised by members of the Law Society, the Bar Council, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Town Planning Institute. The programme is put together by a committee made up of leading individuals from all four professions, who meet monthly to ensure a high quality event.
The mix of speakers, delegates, committee members and official guests is unlike any other planning conference. It offers the chance to discuss the burning issues which all planning professionals are facing with the leading practitioners of the day. The papers given at JPLC Oxford are seminal works in the field - they are often forward looking and have a lasting relevance to daily planning practice. Delegates gather in the Oxford Union debating chamber to hear speaker presentations and questions and answers. There are opportunities for delegates to mingle and continue discussions at social receptions and over formal dinners in New College Dining Hall.
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Watch podcasts from this year's event here: http://www.jplc.org/podcasts/ If you missed this year's conference why don't you put the date in your diary for next year 14 -16 September 2018.
The Oxford Planning Conference is an excellent opportunity to keep up, both with the new developments and thinking in a rapidly changing world and also with old friends and colleagues. It is a winning combination of education and sociability which I always make it a point to try not to miss.
Barrister, No 5 Chambers
One of the best planning law conferences in the annual calendar - you can always expect speakers who are both erudite and entertaining, professional organisation and an unparalleled opportunity to network in the bar and disco!
Principal Solicitor, Environment Agency