27th September 2017

Lawyer to issue Proceeds of Crime Act warning to rural planners

POCA – which gives law enforcement officials the power to confiscate revenues generated by criminal activity – has historically been the preserve of terrorists, drug dealers, money launderers and counterfeiters.

But property and planning professionals are becoming increasingly aware of its presence, with relevant authorities using their powers to freeze and even confiscate the assets of those who receive a financial benefit from crime.

And speaking at the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) national rural planning conference, specialist planning and environmental lawyer Alex Madden will explain how those who choose to flout planning enforcement requirements risk having the receipts of their unlawful businesses confiscated.

Taking place on 5 October, the BIAC conference will be attended by more than 150 professional agricultural and rural community consultants, including BIAC members, chartered surveyors, planners, land agents, farmers, landowners and other rural professionals.

Alex, who is partner and head of planning at Thrings, will join agricultural and rural planning consultants at the Williams Conference Centre in Oxfordshire for the one-day event, which is being chaired by BIAC council member and chartered surveyor, Barry Davies.

The conference’s keynote speech will be delivered by Steve Ingram, president of the Planning Officers Society (POS), while Ross Murray, president of the Country Land and Business Association, will discuss what land businesses need to survive the next decade.

Elsewhere, George Dunn, chief executive of the Tenant Farmers Association, will shine the spotlight on farm tenancies, and Steve Quartermain, chief planner for the Department for Communities and Local Government, will explain what the government is doing for planning and the rural economy.

For the fifth successive year, BIAC’s national rural planning conference is being sponsored by Thrings and supported by leading industry publications Farmers Weekly and Planning.

Formed in 1957, BIAC is the professional association whose members provide advice to farmers, rural businesses and those who care for the environment and countryside. Its membership currently comprises principals, partners, directors, employees and individuals.

For more information about BIAC’s national rural planning conference, please click here.

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