Higgs' PLA Regional Chair reflects on first quarter

21st February 2018

Higgs' PLA Regional Chair reflects on first quarter

Three months into his role overseeing regional activity of the national association of property litigation experts, Higgs & Sons’ Paul Barker says there is much to be celebrated.

Paul, who was appointed Property Litigation Association Chair of the Regions last November, says there has been an overall increase in membership and that around 60% of PLA members are now permanently based outside London.

Partner, Paul told members:

“We now have five, very active regional committees and will be adding committees in East Anglia and Northern Ireland this year. “The Chairs of the regional committees are resolute in their plans to build on the successes of 2017.” He added that exciting developments for the regions in 2018 included:

  • a greater number and variety of events
  • greater access to training events by increased use of video links between cities
  • the roll out of ‘Bring a Surveyor’ events across the regions.

The PLA aims to contribute to property law reform, and provides education and training to members on current legislation, changes in the law and is also a lobbying voice in proposing suitable changes to the law or providing critique on proposed reform.

As Chair of the Regions, Paul sits on the PLA’s Executive Committee, and is also chair of the Midlands region. Martin Edwards, national chair of the PLA said

“We are very pleased to see Paul taking up this appointment and the support which his sub-committee will provide to all our members across the UK.”

Paul’s Higgs & Sons colleague, Partner Nyree Applegarth, has recently been appointed to the PLA’s Law Reform Committee, which monitors new and proposed legislation, lobbies for change in the law where appropriate, responds to consultation papers and liaises with the Judiciary, the Court Service, the Law Commission and other groups such as the Property Bar Association and RICS.

Litigators who are substantially engaged in dealing with property matters but are not yet members of the PLA can find out more about how to join at .


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