Booking details

With occasional exceptions, ALA events are open to all professionals with an interest in the subject. A restricted event will be indicated as such in the Calendar of Events. If you would like to attend any unrestricted ALA event, please e-mail us at or telephone 07885 643341. CPD hours are available at all ALA events unless stated.

ALA Fellowship 2018 – Exam
Tuesday 13 November 2018

The Fellowship exam will be held at The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London.

Time : 2pm to 4.30pm

ALA South Central
Wednesday 14 November 2018

The ALA South Central Group is pleased to invite you to its ‘Death of a Farmer’ Workshop to be held at the offices of Moore Blatch at Gateway House, Tollgate, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, on 14 November 2018.

Philip Whitcomb is a Partner in Moore Blatch’s Agricultural Tax and Trusts team and will be chairing the workshop with a view to exploring the practical action points you need to address following the death of a farmer.  The workshop will review the ongoing challenges when administering an estate with a farm; how you should approach completion of the IHT405 413 and 414 forms; getting the right information and avoiding the pitfalls.  This workshop will cover the following:

What is ‘a farmer’ – the characteristics and challenges

What makes up a farm?

First steps when you are notified of a death – how the family can help your case

The farming business – what you need to ask

Sole trader, a farming partnership or company?

Practical steps on how the farm is to run

The sole trader issue and the role of the farm management agreement

Financing and valuations

The event is open to Members and Non-Members.

Click here for full details and a booking form

Time : 4.30pm to 7.30pm

Cost : £15 (incl. VAT) per person incl. supper

ALA Autumn Conference 2018
Thursday 22 November 2018

The Association’s Autumn Conference will be held at The Queens Hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ on Thursday, 22 November 2018.


Speakers & Topics: 

Case Law Update – Caroline Shea QC & Catherine Taskis, Falcon Chambers

Business structure options for the agricultural sector – Gary Markham, Land Family Business

Inheritance Tax Planning & Succession – Angus Hunter Smart, Wrigleys

Residential tenancies in a rural context – Bryony Darnell, Loxley Solicitors

The Rural Insurance Market – Rollo Parsons, Lockton Agri

UK Agricultural Policy Update – Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones, Agri Advisor

The Conference will provide 5 hours of formal CPD

The Conference is open to Members and Non-Members.

Time : 9.30am to 4.30pm

Cost : £144 per person (incl. VAT)

ALA Fellows Dinner 2018
Thursday 22 November 2018

The Association will be holding its Fellows Dinner and Keynote Address on Thursday, 22 November 2018 at The Queens Hotel, Leeds.

The Dinner will follow the Autumn Conference which provides 5 hours of formal CPD.

The Fellows Key Note Address will follow a drinks reception at 6pm with Dinner at 7pm.

We are delighted that our Keynote Speaker this year is Mark Bridgeman, Deputy President of the CLA.

For the last 12 years, Mark has managed the Fallodon Estate in Northumberland. It consists of an in-hand farm, let farms, woodland and biomass, tourism, let properties and housing development. After Durham University, Mark spent 19 years at Schroders as a fund manager. He is now on the board of three London listed investment trusts and a venture capital fund in Newcastle. He is trustee of the Weston Park Foundation and two other North East charities.

Mark has been actively involved in the CLA for 12 years. He joined the CLA Policy Committee seven years ago as the North East’s representative and chaired the Legal and Parliamentary and Property Rights Committee from 2011-13, during which time he also chaired the Housing Working Group that produced the CLA’s housing policy document.

From 2013-15 Mark chaired the Environment Committee and from 2015-2017 he chaired the National Policy Committee and is now Chairman of the CLA Board.

We hope as many Fellows as possible are able to join us.


Click here for full details of the Conference and Dinner and a booking form

Time : 6pm to 9.30pm

Cost : £60 per person (incl. VAT)

ALA North East
Friday 1 February 2019

The ALA North East Group will be holding their next Seminar on Friday, 1 February.

Full details and a booking form will be published shortly.

Time : 2pm to 4.30pm

ALA Starter for Ten 2019
Tuesday 26 February 2019 - Thursday 28 February 2019

Starter for Ten

ALA’s residential training course Starter for Ten gives a basic introduction for trainees and the newly qualified in those elements of the law which are relevant to rural business advice.

Land law and tenancies are covered as are the Common Agricultural Policy and other features of European law which impact the sector. Tax and trusts are dealt with insofar as they affect farming and rural businesses and the course also details the relevant litigation aspects.

The 2019 Starter for Ten will be held on 26 to 28 February 2019 at the Scarman Conference Centre, University of Warwick.

The 2019 course application period will open in September but if you would like to register your interest please contact Mike Holland at


ALA Annual General Meeting & Annual Dinner 2019
Thursday 7 March 2019

Full details will be published in September 2018.

Time : 6pm to 10pm