skip to main content
15-17 September 2017
New College Oxford



2015 Mary Cook interview about the conference in the Planner

PDF Download article


Few things in life are certain. The only pleasurable one is the Oxford Joint Planning Law Conference. Every September I always know that I will come away from the weekend having experienced (1) really top quality presentations by leaders in the planning field and which have been subjected to peer review in a way that really doesn't happen elsewhere (2) the opportunity to socialise with the majority of those in the planning and planning law professions at all levels in a completely non-hierarchical way and a world away from the commercial conference circuit and (3) the unique atmosphere of New College which I just wish I could bottle and sell.

Partner, SJ Berwin LLP

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

The Oxford conference has proved its worth over many years. It still provides a vital forum for debate and a crucial meeting place for all those concerned with planning law.

Barrister, 4-5 Gray's Inn Square

The Oxford conference is an essential insight for the junior planning barrister into how planning works, the opportunities, the pitfalls and the personalities. I have twice attended on the generous scholarship for those of recent call and recommend it very highly from both a professional and personal point of view.

Ned Westaway, Francis Taylor Building

Fantastic venue and consistently superb quality of speakers, the JPLC is a "must attend" for anyone currently involved with planning and development in the UK.

Dr Louise Brooke-Smith, Partner, Arcadis LLP, UK Head of Town Planning and Head of Social Value, RICS Past Global President (2014-15)

The best and most informed planning conference there is, with top quality speakers and attendees in beautiful surroundings.

Tom Dobson, Quod

A wonderful opportunity to learn and socialise in a fantastic setting.

Ben Borthwick, Deloitte LLP

First class multi-disciplinary presentations that are insightful and thought provoking and often with and wit and humour; great conference accommodation and exceptional organisation and all within an historic university college setting.

Paul Collins Chair RICS Planning & Development Professional Group Nottingham Trent University School of Architecture, Design & the Built Environment

This is and always has been the premier weekend event where you are brought up to speed with legislation, political thinking, and practice, and where you can meet and discuss with those who have similar interests as you; all in a collegiate atmosphere with good food and drink.

Andrew Warner, Chartered Surveyor

The JPLC is the only conference where you will get comprehensive access to all the disciplines and a wide range of speakers who are the leading experts in their field. It's a must for planners and surveyors as well as lawyers.

John Walker, Westminster City Council

My first time at what was an outstandingly, good and enjoyable conference. I will be back.

Clive Moys, Radcliffe Chambers

What really sets this conference off from other events is the exploration of broader planning without losing sight of the legal context, as well as the opportunity to discuss developments with our peers outside of the talks. That, the friendly atmosphere, the opportunity to catch up with old friends and the setting makes it something special.

Simon Kelly, DAC Beachcroft LLP

More in this Section

Please read our blogs page - we have a new blog from this year's conference

26 September 2017

A Scottish perspective on community participation in planning and other issues by Kate Houghton RTPI

2017 Podcasts now available on-line

26 September 2017

Watch podcasts from this year's event here: If you missed this year's conference why don't you put the date in your diary for next year 14 -16 September 2018.

Download Brochure

Book early to avoid any disappointment

Download the 2017 brochure or book your place online for this years event.

Book your place