Trowers' second annual mini-conference on building safety

This year's mini-conference looked at the key aspects of the Building Safety Bill published in July 2021 and some key themes and processes of the Government's plans to reform the fire and structural safety regime for buildings in England as they have developed.

We ran eight virtual bitesize sessions over two days, focusing on critical aspects of the Bill. The sessions will be of significant importance to decision-makers across the residential real estate sector.

One of our speakers, Rebecca Thompson from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, also made reference to two sets of information in her talk. We attach links to the HSE Safety Case Principles:

Details of the sessions are listed below.

Day 1:

Overview of the Building Safety Bill: what's changed?

  • John Forde, Managing Associate, Trowers & Hamlins

Gateway regime: what are the risks and issues to be addressed?

  • Rebecca Thompson, Senior policy lead on Building Safety Programme, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities 

The Building Safety Charge: a parallel regime?

  • Doug Rhodes, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

Procurement in a post-Grenfell era – what should we be considering?

  • Rebecca Rees, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

Day 2:

The use of technology and product information to underpin safety

  • Theresa Mohammed, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
  • Dr Gavin Dunn, Chief Executive Officer of CABE
  • Hanna Clarke, Digital and Policy Officer at the Construction Products Association 

The Building Safety Manager – how is the sector positioning this role?

  • Scott Kay, Director of Building Compliance, Homes for Haringey
  • Scott Dorling, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

EWS1 forms: the final word?

  • Richard Petty, Head of UK Living, JLL
  • Simon Latson, Director – Building Consultancy, JLL
  • Andy Smith, Director, Savills
  • Catherine Wilson, Director, Housing Valuation, Savills
  • Katie Dyer, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

Fire safety and building safety – where two regimes meet

  • Amanda Stubbs, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins 

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Mailley [2023] EWCA Civ 1246


Government issues Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill


What is build to rent and how does it work?


Calculation and implementation of rent increases for 2024/25


Residential care home use enabled by modification of a restrictive covenant by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)  


Building Safety Act and dispensation from the service charge consultation requirements: Adriatic Land 5 Limited v Leaseholders at Hippersley Point