Empty Homes: Classroom Session

When: 16th June 2022 | 9:30am – 4:00pm
Location: Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
Cost: FREE


Compulsory Purchase Orders – The Basics and Beyond

For our first ever in-person Empty Homes event, we are hosting a FREE classroom session for Empty Home Officers and those working in association with empty properties. To deliver the session, we have invited specialist solicitors, Fiona Anthony and Chris Burgess from NP Law (Norfolk County Council) who will be delivering training on legal solutions for empty properties.

This training course will cover compulsory purchase orders and enforced sales, explain the circumstances in which these solutions might be used and aid in understanding the processes involved in pursuing these routes.

This event is FREE to attend and with limited availability, places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To secure you place and to receive further updates on the event, please register now!


Our Speakers:

Solicitor | Practice and Professional Development Manager

Fiona is currently the Practice and Professional Development Manager at nplaw (Norfolk County Council) and is the Training Director of Lawyers in Local Government. She is a qualified solicitor and has spent many years practising law in local government as well as being a qualified teacher, having taught law on a variety of different courses.

Fiona has developed expertise in the area of compulsory purchase, streamlining nplaw’s processes, producing guidance notes and keeping lawyers and clients up-to-date with developments in the law. She speaks at national conferences and delivers training in this area across the country. Fiona has produced training materials for managers within a large public sector organisation which has involved writing manuals on “Compulsory Purchase Policy and Procedure” and “Compulsory Purchase Compensation and Valuation”, delivering a series of live and recorded webinars and producing assessments. She has worked on large infrastructure projects and regeneration schemes but particularly enjoys supporting local authorities with empty homes and seeing the benefits to the community of bringing empty properties back into use.

Solicitor | Team Lead (Planning)

Chris Burgess is the team lead for the planning and CPO team at NPLaw (Norfolk County Council). Chris graduated with a law degree from London University and was articled in local government where he spent twelve years as an in-house lawyer at district and then county council level.

Chris then spent 9 years working in the national planning team of a major international law firm and then several years at other law firms acting on a whole host of planning, highway, compulsory purchase matters, development schemes and major regeneration schemes. Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law. Chris joined nplaw last year. In addition to being a qualified solicitor, Chris is a legal associate of the RTPI and a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association and has written legal articles and delivered speeches at conferences on topical law issues.


Friends House,
Euston Road,

The nearest train stations:

Euston | Victoria & Northern Lines & National Rail |  4 min walk away

Euston Square | Circle, Hammersmith & City & Metropolitan Lines | 7 min walk away

Event Organiser:

Muhammed Uddin

Public Sector Development Manager
Finders International

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If you have any questions regarding this event, please do not hesitate to contact the event organisers at: [email protected].