Devonshires’ Annual Conference 2022: Responding to Operational Pressures

Join us for the day at Devonshires Annual Conference on Tuesday 11th October 2022 at The Tetley in Leeds!

We are hosting our annual in-person conference in Leeds on Tuesday 11th October, which will focus on the operational pressures Registered Providers are, and will be, facing.

From financial resilience to mitigating climate change, our insightful keynote speeches, breakout sessions and panel discussion, will cover the issues, changes and trends that are shaping how those involved in Social Housing can and are responding.

Areas covered at this one day conference will include building safety, employment, finance, governance, housing management, procurement, real estate and regulation.

This free to attend conference will provide expert guidance for Registered Providers and Local Authorities, especially people responsible for managing development, tenancies, finance, risk and legal matters.

Event Details

Dates: Tuesday 11th October 2022

Time: 09:30 – 16:45 (followed by networking drinks)

Venue: The Tetley, Hunslet Rd, Leeds LS10 1JQ

Programme

9.30 – 10.00

Registration Tea & Coffee

10.00 – 10.05

Welcome and Introductions – Gary Grigor, Partner, Devonshires

10.05 – 10.30

Key Note Speaker: Emma Turner, Director of Treasury and Corporate Finance at Riverside

Breakout session one

10.30 – 11.30

B1: Discussing the increased interest in Stock Rationalisation between for-profits and not-for-profits

Mutually beneficial arrangements between the for-profits and other investors in the sector and not-for-profits are becoming more and more commonplace. Stock rationalisation involving for-profits is beginning to account for a significant proportion of the number of units changing hands and that will undoubtedly increase over the next few years. Join our expert panel who will discuss their experience, opportunities, risks, lessons learnt and regulatory considerations for both for-profits and not-for-profits in transacting together in the disposal and acquisition of tenanted social housing stock.

Speakers:

Elad Yasdi, Partner, Devonshires

Matthew Waters, Partner, Devonshires

Jonathan Jarvis, Partner, Devonshires

Keith Jenkins, Consultant, Devonshires

B2: Building Safety Act: Implications for Housing Management

This session will look at the implications of the Building Safety Act on housing management. The session will cover the recovery of service charges in relation to fire safety related defects, the new certificate regime and the enhanced rights of a landlord in dealing with higher risk buildings.

Speakers:

Lee Russell, Partner, Devonshires

Mark Foxcroft, Partner, Devonshires

B3: Consumer Credit – what do RPs need to consider?

This session will explore consumer credit regulation within the social housing sector and ask to what extent RPs need FCA permissions to be able to run their business within the current environment. We will discuss the impact of fire safety measures and how RPs can offer financial assistance to leaseholders without breaching consumer credit law and also look back at the changes some RPs are making as a result of the FCA’s Senior Manager’s and Certification Regime in relation to key personnel, monitoring and appraising staff and ensuring systems and procedures are in place.

Speaker:

Alice Overton, Partner, Devonshires

Breakout session two

11.35 – 12.35

B4: Regulatory Changes 

Session content to be announced.

B5: Sustainability 

Session content to be announced

B6: Recruitment crisis

Session content to be announced.

12.40 – 13.30

Networking Buffet Lunch

Breakout session three

13.35 – 14.35

B7: Governance workshop

Session content to be announced

B8: The New Procurement Bill

Following its recent consultation on the reform to the UK’s public procurement regime, the Government has now published its eagerly awaited new Procurement Bill. The new Procurement Bill represents a significant change to public procurement regulation in the UK, which will affect both procuring authorities and private sector bidders alike. In this webinar Partner and procurement law specialist Kris Kelliher will talk you through the key aspects of the new Bill and what the changes it will bring about will mean for both the public and private sectors.

Speaker:

Kris Kelliher, Partner, Devonshires

B9: Care Workshop

Session content to be announced

Breakout session four

14.40 – 15.40

B10: Building Safety

Session content to be announced

B11: Rent Regulation Update: What you need to know

With the White Paper: a Fairer Private Rented Sector published in June and consultation on social housing rents published in August in response to the cost of living crisis, there is a lot of change to rent regulation on the horizon. This session will run through the proposed changes, what they omit and considerations for Registered Providers when anticipating their implementation, with the session concluding with a Q&A.

Speakers:

Samantha Grix, Partner, Devonshires

Jonathan Corris, Partner, Devonshires

Jonathan Jarvis, Partner, Devonshires

B12: Risk of operating in a remote environment

The pandemic brought with it a shift to remote working/operating, often in a way organisations had not planned for.  The speed at which the shift took place meant workarounds had to be quickly put in place in order for organisations to be able to operate as close to normal as possible.  This brought with it increased fraud risks and this session will consider those risks and how to mitigate them.

Speakers:

Nikki Bowker, Partner, Devonshires

15.50 – 16.15

Key Note Speaker to be announced

16.15 – 16.45

Panel Discussion and Q&A

16.45 – 18.30

Networking drinks and nibbles and guided tours of The Tetley Exhibition

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