Lodders’ annual property seminar at new riverside venue the ‘biggest ever’

Lodders Annual Property Seminar held at Riverside, Stratford upon Avon. (L-R) Angus Huntley, Jane Senior (Lodders) Jason Dalby, Simon Horan, George Campion (Lodders) and Alastair Frew (Lodders)

A record number of residential and commercial property agents, developers, and land agents attended, law firm Lodders 2015 Property Seminar, which this year moved to a new Warwickshire venue, Riverside, Stratford upon Avon, overlooking the River Avon.

Keynote speaker was Jason Dalby, a chartered surveyor and managing director of Roxhill Developments, a specialist industrial and distribution developer with a track record in taking large scale projects to completion.

In his presentation, Jason highlighted the positive and improving commercial property landscape, and highlighted key influences that he sees as contributing to how the sector has changed over the last 20 years. In particular, he identified the rise in e-tailing that has driven growth in demand for RDCs, parcel delivery units and ‘dark stores’ for food retailers.

Jason was joined by guest speakers Simon Horan and Angus Huntley, both of Savills. Lodders’ Alastair Frew, a partner in the firm’s real estate team, and Jane Senior, a partner and specialist in real estate litigation, profiled a number of recent High Court and Supreme Court cases to illustrate some of this year’s most significant legal updates.

George Campion, Lodders’ non-executive Chairman, chaired the event, and said: “The theme consistent amongst all our speakers is one of a very positive outlook for the sector, both in the Midlands but also on a national scale. Commercial property looks set to experience sustained demand, a rise in land values and a potential increase in lease lengths. The market is buoyant, particularly in Birmingham and other major West Midlands locations.”