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16-18 September 2016
New College Oxford



Find out the answers to your questions about JPLC.

What is JPLC Oxford?

The Joint Planning Law Conference, Oxford is brought to you by a committee from the four professional organising bodies: The Law Society, The Bar Council, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Royal Town Planning Institute. It is a weekend of learning, debate, interaction and networking. Delegates will take away valuable updates and new ideas that are relevant to their daily practice The conference is run on a not-for-profit basis, ensuring that you get the most from your conference fee.

When and where is JPLC Oxford 2016?

The conference takes place from the evening of Friday 16th September until late morning on Sunday 18th September. Accommodation and dinners are in New College Oxford which is known for its high quality catering (some ensuite accommodation is at Jowett Walk). The conference sessions take place in the world renowned Oxford Union Debating Chamber. The College is steeped in history and provides a stunning setting

I haven't attended before? Will I know anyone?

Each year there are many new faces that join the conference. The event is very welcoming and friendly. This year we will also be holding a 'welcome' tea for newcomers late on Friday afternoon so that you are able to meet members of the committee and other newcomers before the event starts.

Do I have to be a member of one of the organising professional bodies to attend?

As a general rule, yes, although if you have a keen interest in the area and are not a member of one of the four professional bodies please email the organisers for clarification.

Why should I attend JPLC 2016?

You should attend the conference if you work in, or have an interest in planning. It is a unique event that invites the four planning professions to mix over a weekend and discuss the issues that they are facing and will face in the future. The conference is the only one of its kind and has been running for over 40 years. JPLC Oxford consistently provides a quality experience, providing speakers who are leaders in their field, an agenda that covers the key planning issues of the day and an opportunity to network with colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere, that is difficult to find anywhere else.

What will I take away from JPLC?

The full programme is put together by the committee, who invite the speakers to regular meetings and talk through their papers, give guidance from the point of view of each profession, on what is topical in the profession currently. It is a carefully planned and managed event to give you maximum value for money You can expect to take away:

  • comprehensive analysis of key planning issues;
  • new ideas and new approaches which you can apply to daily practice;
  • views and comment directly from leading professionals and from the likes of Government, the Devolved Administrations, Local Authorities and the Planning Inspectorate;
  • valuable new contacts as well as news from more familiar colleagues and friends;
  • and last but not least, memories of an enjoyable weekend in a stunning setting.

Does the conference qualify for CPD?

Yes - we have increased the number of papers to acheive at least 8 hours cpd.

The Law Society

The Conference counts as non-accredited CPD 8-10 hours.

The Bar Council

This event is accredited (annually) by the Bar Standards Council.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Attending this conference may qualify for CPD (10 hours +). RICS members should evaluate what they have learnt, the benefits gained and the time spent. This can then be registered in the member's online personal development planner

The Royal Town Planning Institute

This event may be acceptable for up to 10 hours of CPD for RTPI members. However, the responsibility for judging the relevance and value of events and other forms of CPD lies with the individual RTPI member.

I am not sure if JPLC is for me?

Take a look through the website, it will give you a flavour of what you can expect. If you are still not sure please contact us at or call 020 7489 7628 and we will be happy to discuss the event with you and answer any questions you may have






Bookings are now being taken for 2016 Conference

07 April 2016

We look forward to seeing you at this year's conference. Early bird fee available until end of June 2016. Book early to avoid disappointment, we have got off to a great start, many thanks to all tha...

Lionel Read QC

15 November 2015

It is with great sadness that the JPLC committee have learnt of the death of Lionel Read QC.


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

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