About London, the Area and the Venues
London is a world city. What became London was settled by the Romans. Successive migrations and the resident population helped build a city as a global place to work, live and play. It could be argued to be the first global city, helped by its middle ages trading networks with much of Europe, and with the emergence of the British Empire it built its global reach and influence. Post Empire, it remains a must go and stop for travellers and gap students, many of whom choose to stay.
There are so many different Londons; both now and through history. It is truly cosmopolitan, and is a product of extremes. Through history, its growing pains (some very severe and agonising) led to innovations in a wide spectrum of human endeavours, from an intellectual, commerce, public health, political and institutions. Politicians of today are faced with similar challenges, of effective transport, housing, health, poverty, of building and renewing communities, of fairness.
The need for land, for developments and regeneration and for renewal are a key part in the delivery of solutions. A fitting location for this agenda.
About London Southwark - London Bankside
London is a multitude of micro centres or districts. Each has its own character and it is what makes London such a dynamic, varied and fascinating global city.
Southwark was the second earliest established district of London and has a rich and colourful history. Shakespeare's Globe theatre, Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market, the Golden Hind, an English galleon best known for her privateering circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake. It's linked with the city of London by Tower and Southwark Bridges. Not only is it famous for its history, it is also a major area of regeneration, for commerce and for living.
The district is also known as Bankside - it the southbank of the River Thames. It is the home of the Greater London Authority, and the Shard which is the tallest building in the European Union, the fifth-tallest building in Europe. The area is a real mix of historical, modern and boasts the recently completed London Bridge station refurbishment, which provides over 48 million journeys a year.
Delegates can live, breath and experience regeneration in the making. It is a blend that values the past and delivers a thriving, cosmopolitan and dynamic area of London. For those that work in regeneration and land assembly, it is a living case study about land management and joined up creative property development.
About the Conference Venues
- EY and Gowling WLG are adjoining buildings, part of the More London complex.
- The House of Lords is a boat ride up the Thames and those attending the event will be able to travel by Thames Clipper to and from the drinks reception.
Ernst & Young (EY) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, England, United Kingdom. EY is one of the largest professional services firms in the world and is one of the "Big Four" accounting firms. It has 270,000 employees in over 700 offices around 150 countries in the world.
About EY’s Forensic & Integrity Services
Dealing with complex issues of fraud, regulatory compliance and business disputes can detract from efforts to succeed. Better management of fraud risk and compliance exposure is a critical business priority — no matter the size or industry sector. With approximately 4,500 forensic professionals around the world, they assemble the right multidisciplinary and culturally aligned team to work with you and your legal advisors. They work to give you the benefit of our broad sector experience, our deep subject-matter knowledge and the latest insights from our work worldwide.
EY’s Compulsory Purchase & Business Disturbance team advises on claims following compulsory purchase of business premises, including relocation, extinguishment and hybrid cases, who act on behalf of both acquiring bodies and affected businesses, using a deep financial knowledge to help assess a fair level of compensation.
About Gowling WLG LLP
Gowling WLG is an international law firm built on the belief that the best way to serve clients is to be in tune with their world, aligned with their opportunity and ambitious for their success. With 1400 legal professionals across 18 cities, the firm is a leading global business focused on collective success. It knows that working together – fostering relationships with clients, its sector specialists, and within and across its teams – creates more opportunities for success. So they stand together, always exploring better ways of working that fit its clients’ challenging and ever-changing world.
In May 2019 the firm was ranked as one of the best 10 places to work in the UK and was been ranked by Great Place to Work® for the 19th consecutive year.
Real estate is at the heart of Gowling WLG, and the growth of the practice is a strategic priority for the firm. An innovative, tenacious, solutions-driven group that delivers some of the industry's most complex, standout deals, Gowling WLG's real estate team has unrivalled expertise and a growing portfolio of domestic and international clients. It has 400 lawyers across the firm's global offices, including more than 80 partners, and operates an unrivalled multi-discipline practice. The team is regularly appointed to advise on complex matters that need first of its kind legal advice and forward thinking solutions, as demonstrated through its role in the Network Rail portfolio acquisition and GVA sale.
About The House of Lords
The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK Parliament. It is independent from, and complements the work of, the elected House of Commons. The Lords shares the task of making and shaping laws and checking and challenging the work of the government. It is not an outdated legislature, but one that is engaged in the modern workings of Government.
The Lords has three main roles:
- Making laws - Members spend more than half their time in the House considering bills (draft laws). All bills have to be considered by both Houses of Parliament before they can become law. During several stages, members examine each bill, line-by-line, before it becomes an Act of Parliament (actual law).
- In-depth consideration of public policy - Members use their extensive individual experience to investigate public policy. Much of this work is done in select committees - small groups appointed to consider specific policy areas.
- Holding government to account - Members scrutinise the work of the government during question time and debates in the chamber, where government ministers must respond. In the 2016-17 session, members held the government to account with 7,380 oral and written questions and 154 debates on topical issues.
Members are able to hold gatherings in the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace. We are delighted that Lord Lytton, has agreed to host us at the Lords during the conference.