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The Joint Planning Law Conference for planning law professionals

The 48th Oxford Planning Law Conference September 2020 - Sign up below to be part of the JPLC community.
Programme Intro

The Annual Conference

JPLC 2020: Sadly, there will be no Joint Planning Law Conference at Oxford this year, due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. So we hope you will be able to join us instead at this special online event, kindly supported by Sweet & Maxwell, on Friday 11 September @ 2pm. We are delighted that it will feature some of the speakers that were due to appear at Oxford, condensed into a free, 2-hour, digital package. The Oxford conference will return to New College and the Union for its 49th year in 2021. We are grateful for their understanding and support for the decision to cancel the conference this year.


JPLC Oxford 

The annual Joint Planning Law Conference (the JPLC - known as 'the Oxford conference') will once again bring together leading experts from across the four key professions within planning.

The JPLC, often referred to as ‘the Oxford conference’, provides the setting for vibrant discussions covering the latest issues affecting the planning industry. It’s attended each year by town planners, chartered surveyors, solicitors, barristers and developers. If you’re interested in planning and environmental issues, you’ll be in good company.

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The Topics

  • The role of planning in rebalancing the UK economy 
  • Meeting the Net Zero Challenge and Preparing for Climate Change 
  • Legal Update

Expert Speakers

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Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Committee on Climate Change
Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Committee on Climate Change
Deputy Chair
Jonathan Easton, Kings Chambers
Jonathan Easton, Kings Chambers
Lord Kerslake
Lord Kerslake
Chair of Peabody
Hashi Mohamed, No5 Chambers
Session Chair
Hashi Mohamed, No5 Chambers

Learn. Network. Enjoy.


The conference offers a full programme with presentations from high-quality speakers, followed by lively discussions. Ahead of their presentations, you will receive a copy of an original research paper prepared by each speaker. Not only will these papers help to aid debate and understanding but they will become valuable reference materials for your practice.


Known for its friendly atmosphere, the conference affords a rare opportunity for open and constructive debate among a diverse group of planning professionals at all stages in their careers. At the JPLC you can expect to expand your network, catch up with old friends and colleagues, and enjoy a genuine exchange of ideas.


Held in the stunning surroundings of Oxford, central accommodation is provided in the University’s New College and the conference activities take place in the Oxford Union Debating Chamber. The programme includes drinks receptions, two black-tie dinners and time to explore the beautiful city.


Download the 2019 brochure

Find out more about the 2019 conference by downloading the brochure in PDF format for more detailed information about the event.


Not sure this conference is the right fit for you?

Take a look through the website to get a flavour of what you can expect. If you are still not sure, please contact us at or call 07879 228775 and we'll be happy to discuss the event with you and answer any questions.