Property Conference 2022

Our one-day conference will look at the key financial, taxation and legal issues affecting both commercial and residential property. Designed for accountants and tax advisers who want to keep up to date with the latest developments in the industry, our conference will enable those attending to give the best possible advice to their clients.

Who should attend the conference

Mercia's Property Conference is a must-attend event for any accountancy firms with Property clients.

Through this one-day virtual conference, you will get practical advice about all the latest changes and challenges currently facing the property sector. Hear from financial and real estate experts on how you can add value to your clients.

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Full conference agenda

Simon Wainright, JPW Real Estate

During this session Simon will share current market statistics and explore the following:

  • EPCs – polarisation of property as sustainability is at the fore
  • The rise of logistics and the decline of retail – where will it end?
  • The impact of hybrid working on the office sector
  • Who will foot the bill in the ‘cladding’ crisis?
  • RICS an institution in crisis – what went wrong and what needs to be reformed?
  • Unwinding COVID debts – the impact of debt on corporate cash flow
  • Is property still a good investment as inflation rises?


Patrick Cannon, Cannon Chambers

This session will include:

  • Relief for interest costs
  • Tax and other issues on incorporation
  • Incorporating a Buy to Let Partnership

Phil Frost, Mercia Group

This session seeks to consider areas involving properties which are not the everyday issues affecting investment properties and properties in PPE. These will include micro-sized entities wanting to revalue; entities not realising that they are micro sized as well as sale & leaseback and sale & repurchase agreements.

Patrick Cannon, Cannon Chambers

This session will include:

  • Multiple Dwellings Relief: the ins and outs
  • Planning opportunities with MDR
  • When can you claim for mixed-use property?
  • Some recent tax tribunal decisions

Simone Hurst, VATease

VAT and land and property is well known to be a minefield so much so that the Office of Tax Simplification has been recently reviewing elements of it. A light at the end of the tunnel perhaps? But in the meantime, this session will not only give you confidence to avoid the undeniably scary common pitfalls for land and property but also an insight into some opportunities to be as VAT efficient as possible.

Deregister from VAT with ease, without causing a deemed supply; appreciate the nuances that can result in a capital goods scheme adjustment; understand the impact of a change in intention; know the implication of storage space and how to deal with the delays with option to tax acknowledgments. 

John Allen, Boolers

John will look at how pensions can be used to purchase commercial property and the benefits and drawbacks of commercial property in pensions. The session will include:

  • Pension Options for Property Purchase
  • Benefits & Drawbacks of Commercial Property
  • Types of Property
  • Funding & Structuring the Transaction
  • Other considerations
  • Q&A

Phil Frost, Mercia Group

This session will cover the differences in accounting for properties and property related issues that exist between IFRS and UK GAAP. These include investment properties, properties in PPE, capitalisation of interest, grants, deferred tax and impairment reviews. 

Mark Morton, Mercia Group

This session considers 10 topical tax issues to consider in relation to property and tax and includes BADR, PPR and BPR.

Conference speakers

An experienced and dedicated real estate professional, Simon has 35 years’ experience working in the London and UK commercial property markets. His career spans multi-national firms such as Knight Frank and CBRE to founding his own practice in 1993. Simon’s client base includes leading developers such as Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities as well as National and Local Government departments. Simon is a leading industry
figure, being Chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Commercial Markets Board as well as an author of several RICS Standards and Guidance Notes and public speaker.

Patrick Cannon is an experienced direct access tax barrister practising at Cannon Chambers, specialising in taxation advice and advocacy.

Phil qualified in his home town of Sheffield. He worked for Financial Training for a number of years and was their midlands regional director before joining Mercia in 2001. He lectures to the accounting profession and to those in industry and commerce on accounting, auditing, and related legal and regulatory topics as well as specialising in charity and property accounting together with international accounting standards.

In his spare time he now watches cricket and rugby as his playing days are behind him.

Simone Hurst is a practising VAT consultant of many years standing. She began her VAT career as the youngest ever direct entrant Executive Officer in HM Customs & Excise working as a VAT control officer before moving on to manage an in house VAT practice for a firm of accountants in Yorkshire and then working for one of the Big 4 firms. She now runs her own independent VAT practice, VATease, and has done for 14 years. As Principal Consultant, Simone now travels the country presenting seminars and training sessions to a number of organisations as well as operating a VAT helpline service supporting accountancy/legal practices and business alike.

John joined Boolers in December 2017 making a career change having spent 11 successful years in commercial FMCG with both AB InBev & Kraft Heinz.

John became a fully qualified advisor in October 2018 following the successful completion of his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning. He is currently working towards Chartered status.

Mark joined HMRC in 1989 and undertook their full training exams. In 1996 he was made Deputy District Inspector for the Derby area and had detailed experience of all types of Revenue enquiries.

Mark joined Mercia as an experienced lecturer and now provides a wide variety of CPD training around the country. He is also a well known contributor to professional publications and provides technical consultancy to the accountancy profession.

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