Disposal of Surplus Land – general considerations and issues


16 June 2016, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Freeths Nottingham, (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Freeths offices in Leicester, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield)

(Please note we offer the option to attend this course via video conference to make it accessible to as many EM Lawshare members as possible, whatever their location.  We do our best to deliver the best experience we can with the technology we have, but inevitably it may not be as effective as attending the course in person.  We always appreciate your feedback and make improvements if we can.)

Presented by Freeths and Sharpe Pritchard

Course overview

Suitable audience:

In-house legal and property professionals involved in the disposal of local authority land assets


A detailed exploration of the process for disposing of surplus land by local authorities including reviewing the considerations local authorities must take into account and the issues they might face both before and during the disposal process.

Topics to be covered include:

  • transactions at an undervalue
  • the application of the general disposal consent order
  • economic benefits (for example, the Lemon Land Case)
  • valuation issues
  • community asset transfers
  • the use of loan notes
  • disposals of open spaces
  • disposal of school playing field land Pre-disposal considerations affecting sites such as rights of way, rights of light, easements and contamination will also be considered.

Interactive elements

The course will include case studies

Duration: Half a day (3 Training hours) including lunch


A Ethics professionalism and judgement 

B Technical legal practice 

B4 Draft documents

B6 Negotiation

Presenter profiles

Stephen Pearson is a Partner at Freeths. Stephen holds The Law Society Diploma in Local Government Law and acts predominantly in the public sector. Stephen is an expert in EU Procurement law, advising on the procurement aspects of many schemes.  He gives advice on a daily basis to over 50 Council, Education and NHS clients on issues including negotiation of contracts, choice of procedures, contract variations, framework contracts, legal challenges and other issues following the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.  He has recently advised on and created a number of corporate entities such as companies and LLPs for local authority clients including Derby City Council, Milton Keynes Council and Allerdale Borough Council, Cumbria and has recently advised on several major State Aid issues.

James Hart is a partner in Freeths’ public sector real estate team. He advises local authorities nationwide on property matters, with a particular focus on development schemes and major projects. James recently led the team advising Milton Keynes Council on the £32m-acquisition of 1500 assets from the Homes & Communities Agency. Local authority clients describe him as “commercially astute” and providing an “exemplary level of service” to the sector.

Aidan Dickinson is a Senior Associate at Sharpe Pritchard LLP. He specialises in urban and housing regeneration projects with particular experience in compulsory purchase and site assembly for large scale developments. Aidan advises on the property aspects of local authority housing estate renewal and redevelopment projects and has acted on a large number of town centre regeneration schemes. His core specialisation is as a real estate lawyer and he has substantial experience in all commercial freehold and leasehold transactions including pre-emption agreements, options and overage agreements, social housing disposals, and development agreements.

Susie March is a Solicitor at Sharpe Pritchard LLP. She specialises in advising public sector clients, registered providers of social housing and commercial clients on their property portfolios including property disposals and transfers, drafting and negotiating leases, agreements for leases, licences, assignments and dealing with a wide range of landlord and tenant issues. Susie provides assistance to the senior members of the Property department on large-scale development instructions and disposal projects.

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.