Northern Briefing Conference

Follifoot, nr.Harrogate, HG3 1JH

2 March, 2018

Generous sponsorship has been provided by:

   Barclays, Banking

Womble Bond Dickinson, Law Firm
   Lycetts, Insurance Brokers
   Saffery Champness, Chartered Accountants

  • Click here for details on how to get to Rudding Park. 

  • Click here for on-line registration.

NOTE:  Admission to the Conference Auditorium will NOT be permitted after 9.05 a.m.
When making travel plans please take into account the Harrogate early morning rush hour.

08:30   Registration and Coffee
09:00   Welcome to conference delegates by David Coulson, FRICS, FAAV, Addisons Chartered Surveyors
Chairman: David Coulson FRICS FAAV

09:05  Preparing for the future: the Brexit process, agricultural policy and other animals - Jeremy Moody, CAAV

10.05  Rural tax roundup - Alison Robinson, Partner, Saffery Champness
10:35  Risk management is no accident - planning for safety - Richard Wade, Lycetts
10:45  Questions
10:50  Coffee
Chairman: Adrian Cawood AMC
11:20  Legal review - Simon Kirkup, Head of Agriculture, Farms and Estates Team, Womble Bond Dickinson

11:50  The New Zealand experience - James Severn, Director, Andersons

12:20  Market town revival: an experience - Tom Naylor-Leyland, Fitzwilliam Malton Estate & Milton CIC
12:50 Questions
13:00  Lunch
Chairman: James Dick, FAAV, President CAAV

14:15   Is smart agriculture the way forward? - Richard Reed, BL Farms Ltd

15:00  Minimum energy efficient standards and lettings: things are hotting up - Kate Russell, CAAV
15:30  Code rights and wrongs: key points on the new Electronic Communications Code - Jeremy Moody, CAAV
16:00  Questions and Closing Address followed by Tea

Simon Kirkup

Simon Kirkup

As head of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Agriculture, Farms and Estates Team, Simon advises individuals, trusts, charities and other landowning organisations in relation to a wide range of legal, commercial and personal issues. He acts as trustee for many significant landowning families and thrives upon finding innovative solutions to the many challenges that the ownership of landed estates presents. Simon also advises private and commercial investors in the acquisition and management of farms and estates – covering sporting, agricultural and commercial aspects. He is identified by both Chambers & Partners’ Guide to the Legal Profession and by The Legal 500, the Clients’ Guide to UK Law Firms as a leading solicitor in the agricultural field.

Jeremy Moody

Jeremy Moody

Jeremy has been Secretary and Adviser to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers since 1995 as well as an independent adviser and visiting Professor of Rural Land Management and Policy at the RAU. Long engaged with CAP reform, dealing with Brussels and Whitehall officials and other bodies as well as the many practical issues and questions posed by valuers, farmers and owners, he is now dealing with Brexit issues. He has written and spoken widely on agricultural policy, tenancy law, valuation, taxation and other issues. He is a partner in TACS Talk, offering the October Countryside Taxation Conferences, a member of the CLA Taxation Committee, an Assembly Member of The European Group of Valuers Associations, (TEGoVA) and Vice Chairman of the European Valuation Standards Board.

Tom Naylor-Leyland

Tom Naylor-Leyland

Tom’s family have owned the Fitzwilliam Estate in Malton, North Yorkshire for over 300 years.   The Estate comprises commercial, residential and agricultural property including approximately 40% of the commercial property in the centre of this charming market town. Tom is a self-confessed foodie and has a leading role in turning Malton into “Yorkshire’s Food Capital” and one of the UK’s leading foodie destinations through the development of a cookery school, food tours, monthly food markets, and the annual ‘Food Lovers Festival’. As a result, over 20 new artisan food producers have leased Estate property in the last three years including award winning bakeries, a brewery, a coffeeroaster, a distillery, a gelateria and the UK Pastry Champion, Florian Poirot.

Richard Reed

Richard Reed

Richard is the third generation to farm at Berrington Law near Berwick upon Tweed. He attended Kirkley Hall and Oatridge College before full time employment in the family business - farming and contracting. Working alongside his father and three full time staff he is now responsible for most aspects of the business. In 2012 he installed a 850kW biomass boiler and has just completed three years of being a Monitor Farmer for the AHDB. Richard has chosen to run mostly older classic machinery in an attempt to control fixed costs. He is increasingly aware of soil health and is in the early stages of conservation agriculture.

Alison Robinson

Alison Robinson

A partner in the Harrogate office of Saffery Champness, Alison specialises in providing tax and financial advice and guidance to a portfolio of private clients including landed estates (both rural and urban), agricultural businesses, trusts, property investment and companies and a number of privately owned and run family businesses and family groups. She is a Trust and Estates Practitioner and a member of the Yorkshire committee of the HHA and also sits on the audit committee of the York Civic Trust.

Kate Russell

Kate Russell

Kate is a fourth generation agricultural valuer.  After graduating from the Royal Agricultural College she trained in private practice in Cumbria, dealing mostly with estate management. She returned to Cirencester to spend several years as a lecturer in rural estate management before going back to private practice in Wiltshire and later Lincolnshire, dealing with a wide variety of professional work for owner-occupiers and tenants. In 2008, Kate joined Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Adviser to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers, as a policy adviser. Her current areas of work include compulsory purchase and compensation; planning; residential lettings; agricultural landlord and tenant and a wide range of other matters from telecoms to taxation.


James Severn

James is a Director of Andersons Northern (England) Ltd, based near York in North Yorkshire. He studied Agriculture and Farm Management at Seale Hayne Agricultural College in Devon. Originally from a farming family, he worked on farms in Hampshire before joining Andersons as a Farm Business Consultant in 1986 in Melton Mowbray. In 1993, he moved to Yorkshire to establish the Andersons team now operating across the North of England. He has an extensive client base in Yorkshire and the North, in both the arable and livestock sectors. On behalf of the team, he specialises in farm business and analysis and review; business planning, budgeting and reorganisation; other specialist areas include the establishment and supervision of a range of different joint venture agreements in agriculture.

Richard Wade

Richard Wade

After a 15 year career as an Environmental Health Technician in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Richard progressed into risk management and health and safety. He holds the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Safety & Health and has over 20 years experience advising and assisting clients from a wide variety of industries. Richard currently runs Lycetts Risk Management Services Ltd working with clients ranging from a multi-national public transport provider to SMEs across the UK. In this role Richard provides various health and safety consultancy services and acts as the “competent safety adviser” for a number of farming businesses nationwide.



The Conference fee of £120.00 plus VAT for RICS/CAAV Members and £85.00 plus VAT for Students and APC Candidates includes coffee on arrival, morning coffee, luncheon, afternoon tea and full conference documentation. All registrations will be acknowledged by e-mail wherever possible. A receipted invoice will be mailed if requested. If you do not receive confirmation please telephone our Cambridge office to ensure we have registered your booking.
Cancellations may be made by telephone but should be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a 25% administrative   charge. No refunds can be made by cancellations notified after 23 February 2018 but delegates will receive all conference   documentation. Substitute delegates will be accepted at any time.
The conference may qualify for up to 5 hours CPD.

Pace Projects reserves the right to change the venue and/or the speakers at any time and without prior notice. Pace Projects also reserve the right to cancel the conference, in which case all monies will be refunded in full.

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