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14-16 September 2018
New College Oxford



Booking is now open for 2018 Joint Planning Law Conference

25 April 2018

Sign up early to book at the early bird fee.

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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

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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.

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Lord Garry Hart

03 August 2017

Some of you may have already heard the very sad news that Garry Hart has died (3.8.2017) after a long illness. He was 77. Garry was a member of the JPLC Committee from 1976-1998 and chaired the conference four times. He was a huge personality in planning and one of a handful of lawyers who helped to establish planning as a specialist area of law and practice in its own right. He was much loved for his sense of humour and his very, very funny after-dinner speeches. Garry was articled to Herbert Smith in 1962 and was a partner from 1970 to 1998, during which time he was Head of the Property Department for more than 10 years. After retirement he became Special Adviser to the then Lord Chancellor. He joined the Lord Chancellor's office, in his own words, "at an exciting time with huge constitutional and legislative changes under consideration". He became a life peer in June 2004 as Lord Hart of Chilton and spoke regularly in the Lords on planning matters. Our thoughts are with Garry's wife and family at this sad time.

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10 May 2017

Please use our online booking form to book a place on this year's conference. If you experience any problems or have any suggestions to make your booking process easier please let us know by emailing or telephone 07879 228 775. The full brochure is also available to download - it is interactive so can be completed, saved and emailed . Book early to avoid disappointment (to secure the early bird fee book and pay by 30th June). We look forward to seeing you in Oxford in September.

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We are deeply saddened to learn that, Roy Vandermeer OBE QC, died aged 85 on 13 January 2017.

20 January 2017

Former member of FTB, their website reads: 'Roy was, on any view, one of the most distinguished and distinctive practitioners at the Planning Bar. He was a brilliant advocate, notable not least for his skill in cross-examination which he exercised to devastating effect. His public service in the planning field included sitting as the Inspector on the Heathrow Terminal 5 Inquiry and as a deputy High Court judge. Roy was also a man of great personal kindness, not least to the many in Chambers who were fortunate to act as his juniors. He received the OBE for his charitable work.'' You can read his obituary in the Times using the link below.

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Queen's birthday honours list 2015: OBE

13 June 2015

Congratulations to JPLC organising committee member Adrian Penfold, Head of Planning British Land and Author, Penfold Review for his OBE for services to the Property Industry and public service to Planning. (London)

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New blog by John Walker, Westminster City Council

27 April 2015

Please click on the blog page to read John Walker's experience as a Joint Planning Law Conference Speaker.

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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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