There was a great turnout to Caxtons' Residential Block Management Update 2018 at The Princes Suite, Dartford Football Club on 21st November, with many directors of Residential Management Companies, fellow agents, solicitors and other professionals in attendance.

David Gurton, director of Block Management at Caxtons welcomed the assembled audience and outlined an extensive programme for the half-day seminar, then introduced the first speaker, Philip Jones.

Phil, who is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and a partner of Quantum Compliance, updated the delegates on current fire safety requirements and also provided an insightful review of the recent Dame Judith Hackitt fire safety report into the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Bukola Obadun-Craigs, a Senior Associate at Brethertons Solicitors who specialises in litigation and management in the residential leasehold sector, was second on to the platform and gave an interesting presentation on the exacting responsibilities and legal obligations of directors of residents' management companies as well as covering both service charge demands and 'Section 20' consultation.

There was a short break for coffee, which was followed by a compelling briefing from Chartered Insurance Broker,

Jason Oldham from Morrison Insurance Solutions, who gave the low-down on Directors and Officers Insurance; dealing with major claims; the impact of escape of water and the importance of terrorism cover. There was much note taking during the final part of Jason's talk!

The last speaker was Tony Martin, Caxtons' Head of Block Management who covered what clients should look for and expect from a good block managing agent. Tony explained the importance of budgeting, including for major works; the effect of service charge arrears on cash flow; client money protection; day-to-day management and site visits; compliance obligations; the company secretary role and much more besides.

There was a final, busy Q&A session with David facilitating and all the speakers taking questions from the floor. A buffet lunch rounded off the morning when delegates were then able to talk to the experts on a one-to-one basis. And what did the audience think of the event:

o interesting, diverse range of speakers ..
o ..very useful information ..
o ..very knowledgeable and assured ..
o ..good level of detail, not too technical ..
o ..excellent! ..

Block Seminar 1
Speakers (l to r): Jason Oldham, Tony Martin, David Gurton, Bukola Obadun-Craigs and Phil Jones
Block Seminar 2

Thoughtful delegates