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.

Essex Court Chambers & Clarke Willmott – Flooding to Farmland – Who Controls the Floodgates?
Tuesday 24 November 2020

In Association with Essex Court Chambers and Clarke Willmott, ALA Members are invited to attend this webinar on a consistent theme affecting the rural sector.

Flooding is an ever greater issue with what seems to be a possible evolution in our climate, housing estates being built on flood plain and a logical preference of policy makers to protect homes rather than farmland. How far can you protect your own land? If the Environment Agency uses your land, is there a claim against them? How do flood storage areas work and might my land qualify as a flood storage area? What are the implications if it does?

Chaired by Mike Holland, we invite you to join Esther WoolfordRobert MullenHugh Mercer QCJessica Wells and Freddie Popplewell, all experienced litigators with flooding issues, for this webinar discussion.

If you would like to join this webinar please contact Essex Court Chambers at

Time : 12noon to 1pm

ALA & Scottish Land Commission – Mediation in the Tenant Farming Sector
Monday 7 December 2020 - Tuesday 8 December 2020

The Scottish Land Commission and the Agricultural Law Association, in association with Scottish Mediation, invite you to a unique online training event: a mock mediation to try to resolve a waygoing from an agricultural holding.

The event will be introduced by Jon Robertson (Turcan Connell) and Bob McIntosh (Tenant Farming Commissioner).

In our mock scenario, Pamela Lyall, Mediator, and Lindsay Burley, Mediator, Eskhill and Co, have been instructed as mediators and will work with the Landlord and the Tenant to try to reach a mutually acceptable outcome. Robin Burley, Eskhill and Co, will host the mock mediation and enable delegates to ask questions as the process unfolds.

Those participating in the mock mediation for the Landlord and for the Tenant are:

Landlord’s representative – David Johnstone, Scottish Land & Estates;

Landlord’s solicitor – Heather Bruce, Turcan Connell;

Landlord’s land agent – Mark Fogden, Savills.

General Partner of Tenant – Christopher Nicholson, STFA;

Tenant’s solicitor – Hamish Lean, Shepherd+ Wedderburn; and

Tenant’s land agent – Tom Oates, youngsRPS.

Papers prepared by Jamie Whittle, R & R Urquhart

Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt, QC will provide a summary of mediation outcomes and concluding remarks



Time : 10am to 12.30pm on each day

Cost : £36 (incl. VAT) per delegate; Students FREE

ALA Council
Thursday 10 December 2020

The Environment Bill – ‘A Refresher’ Webinar
Tuesday 15 December 2020

Whilst the rural sector has been focussed on the progress of the Agriculture Act 2020, the Environment Bill has made limited progress in Parliament. However, it is important that rural practitioners have a grasp of this landmark piece of proposed legislation.

Chaired by Alex Carson-Taylor (Chair, ALA), Mike Holland, ALA Secretary & Adviser and Jonathan Thompson, Hunters Law, will take attendees through the key sections of the Bill, their implications and the interaction with other legislation including the Agriculture Act.

To book your place, please CLICK HERE to be redirected to our Eventbrite page

Time : 11.30am-1pm

Cost : £36 (incl. VAT) ALA Members; £60 (incl. VAT) Non-Members; Students FREE

ALA Starter for Ten – England & Wales 2021
Tuesday 23 February 2021 - Thursday 25 February 2021

Starter for Ten – England & Wales

ALA’s 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 new agricultural policies and legislation as they apply to England and Wales.

Tax and trusts are dealt with insofar as they affect farming and rural businesses and the course also deals with relevant litigation aspects.

The 2021 Starter for Ten will be held on 23 to 25 February 2021

As a consequence of the ongoing Covid-19 issues, the 2021 course will be HELD ONLINE ONLY utilising a fully interactive video platform provided by the conference team at The University of Warwick.

Please note that it is a requirement of the course that those attending are full members of the Association.  To join please go to

There is a limit of 40 places.

At this stage we are seeking firm expressions of interest.  If you would like to register your interest, please contact Mike Holland by 30 September 2020 at