Real estate

Meaningful wins Property Litigation Association brief

The Property Litigation Association (PLA) has appointed PR and communications specialist Meaningful to advise on a broad communications remit including media relations, wider stakeholder relations and assisting in positioning and message development. The account win is the latest in a series for Meaningful, building on the agency’s successful track record working in real estate, property law and with membership organisations.

The PLA is a members’ organisation for professionals specialising in property litigation, including commercial, residential and agricultural property law. The Association has around 1,400 members and plays an important role in campaigning for improvements in property law, the court service and a wide range of litigation related issues. 

The PLA is chaired by Mathew Ditchburn, who combines the role with his work as partner and head of real estate disputes at Hogan Lovells. He will be working closely with Meaningful to enhance the PLA’s reach and impact in the coming 12 months. Commenting on the news Mathew said,

“2022 is shaping up to be one of the most important years ever for property litigators, with challenges arising from the ongoing fallout from the pandemic, including the new arbitration process for dealing with commercial rent arrears. The PLA plays a vital role supporting and advocating for the profession and we are delighted to have Meaningful on board to make sure we generate the profile we need to do that effectively.”

Paul Browne, managing director of Meaningful said, “It’s a great privilege to be working with the PLA. The organisation does really valuable work for its members and the wider legal profession, and we are looking forward to playing our part in making sure the PLA is well-positioned to make a difference for litigators and the clients they represent.”

Meaningful has already begun work, with a focus on ensuring the PLA is:

  • actively engaged in key conversations about property law and legal reform
  • a ‘go to’ organisation for all things property law related
  • positioned to offer expert legal comment, insight and analysis to national and trade press

Read more about Mathew Ditchburn’s expectations for the year ahead in his latest interview with EG, published December 2021.

Find out about the PLA via its website or by following on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Real estate

Boris says build, build, build. We ask what, when & why?

In July Boris Johnson announced government plans for a “New Deal”, promising to pump £5bn into infrastructure projects to ‘build, build, build’ our way out of a post-coronavirus recession. The launch was accompanied by a loud fanfare, but was quiet on the detail.

Sparked by this, we curated a guest list of 6 experts from across the property sector and invited them to a roundtable discussion to fill in the gaps. The event was hosted by our client, Davitt Jones Bould (DJB), England’s largest law firm specialising in real estate. 

Madeleine Davitt, Senior Partner, Davitt Jones Bould (Host) ­­ — Niall Bolger, Chief Executive, London Borough of Hounslow — Ray Morgan, Chief Executive, Woking Borough Council — David Partridge, Partner, Argent Property Development Services LLP — Gavin Tuck, MD, Small Back Room — Vivienne King, Chief Executive, Revo

Participants discussed their priorities for the £5bn spend, which included social housing grants, retrofitting London’s housing stock to meet CO2 emissions, and re-shaping high streets to meet the needs of communities – highlighting the importance of involving local people in this process.

Meaningful produced a white paper summarising the event, which was mailed to 6,000 DJB contacts, posted on LinkedIn and is likely to lead the firm’s marketing efforts for several months.

DJB was also interviewed about the campaign for an article in Professional Marketing magazine, which is due to be published in December.

Read the white paper here