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Inaugural Commercial Property Forum Success

10th November 2015

The Midland Hotel was host to the inaugural Commercial Property Forum, a joint venture between MLS Advantage member ETSOS and Manchester Law Society.

Leading practitioners from across the Manchester area were treated to a superb 3 course dinner interspersed with engaging discussion and debate on current concerns in commercial property. The event, the first of its kind in Manchester, gave attendees the opportunity to quiz the experts on three topics over the course of the dinner.

The evening was also a catalyst for Manchester Law Society to re-form the Property Committee that disbanded some time ago. Chairing the discussions, Andrew Wiseman of London environmental firm Harrison Grant decried the fact that as one of the most prominent regional law societies, Manchester did not have a property section.

The evening began with prominent anti-money laundering expert and well known Manchester solicitor Bill Jones discussed the impact of the 4th Money Laundering Directive on law UK firms. Bill brought the discussion to life with anecdotes and examples from his own time as Managing Partner and Money Laundering Reporting Officer of JMW.

Attendees took full advantage of the expertise provided by Steven Holmes of top 30 accountancy practice Armstrong Watson in a lively discussion about Capital Allowances. Steven’s discussion raised a number of points about the pressure on law firms where tax is concerned.

Finally Andrew Wiseman spoke on the risks associated with contaminated land and planning concerns. “Contaminated land as an issue won’t go away,” said Andrew, “as our understanding of the impact of contaminants on health evolves, so too will the regulations regarding the clean-up of brownfield sites where the liability sits squarely with the polluter and/or landowner” highlighting the use of asbestos in building materials as an example of the changing regulations.

Paul Coombes, Sales & Marketing Director of ETSOS summed up the evening; “it has been a fantastic forum and speaking to people there is definitely appetite to repeat the format in the future. Through our relationship with Manchester Law Society, and our growing client base, ETSOS have an active role in the Manchester property community and we’ve been delighted by the response we have had to this evening. We are looking forward to running it again in the Spring.”

For anyone interested in getting involved in the Manchester Law Society Property Committee please contact Fran Eccles-Bech (franeccles-bech@manchesterlawsociety.org.uk) on 0161 831 7337.

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