Association of Residential Managing Agents

Members' Area

ARMA Annual Conference and Dinner

Thursday 18th October 2018

This year’s Annual Conference and Dinner will be held on Thursday 18th October at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London SE1 (same venue as last year). Both events are open to members and non-members. 

Our theme will be Agents for Change and we will be addressing the key issues facing the sector - the repercussions of the Grenfell tragedy, regulation of managing agents, and leasehold law reform.

We are delighted to announce that Cassandra Zanelli, Partner, PM Legal Services, will be our Moderator for the day.

We will be welcoming Tony Hymers’ maiden speech as ARMA Chair and CEO Nigel Glen will provide an update on ARMA’s strategy and direction.

Andrew Pattison, MHCLG, has been leading the team supporting Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and will present the finding from the review.

The central focus of the day will comprise three consecutive sessions: keynote speaker Law Commissioner Professor Nick Hopkins will provide an update on residential leasehold and commonhold reform; Lakhbir Hans, Deputy Director MHCLG, will present an update on the regulation of managing agents; and Jim Fitzpatrick MP and Barrister Simon Allison will take us through the pros and cons of the Law Commission’s and MHCLG’s projects.

This will take us to our expert panel discussion which will debate the future of leasehold and we will be joined by James Duncan (Partner, Winckworth Sherwood), Graham Donaldson (Director, Mainstay Group) and Debra Yudolph (Partner, SAY Property Consulting).

After lunch, digital marketing guru James Dearsley will deliver a thought-provoking insight into how Proptech will impact on the sector, while Sue Petri will take a look at the role of women in property management and consider what lessons there are to learn.

To bring the day to a close, the ever-entertaining Justin Bates and Ayesha Omar from 4-5 Gray's Inn Square will provide a legal update on recent case study law.

Our popular post-Conference drinks reception will remain a key feature of this year's event, followed by Dinner and yet-to-be-revealed entertainment.

Registration is from 08.45. The auditorium opens at 9.30. Conference will start at 10.00 and finish at 17.00. Dinner will be from 18.30.

We look forward to seeing you there!