Seminar: Managing risks in property transactions 

On Thursday 5 October, we'll be holding a seminar at Exeter racecourse in conjunction with Devon and Somerset Law Society, which will focus on managing risks in property transactions. 

The half-day seminar will consist of presentations from ourselves, Terrafirma and ELM Law and will include a free buffet lunch after the seminar.

We're a nationwide supplier of property search information and an official provider of the Law Society's CON29DW Drainage and Water Enquiry . We are part of the award winning Wessex Water group of companies and have more than 15 years' experience of providing conveyancing professionals with property search information.

During the seminar we will provide a breakdown of the four sections within the CON29DW Drainage and Water Enquiry:

  • Drainage.
  • Water.
  • Maps.
  • Charging.

The presentation will discuss the importance of the search, the risks that are associated within the report and how you can protect and make your clients aware of the risks.


Keith Davidson is the founder of ELM Law , a specialist environmental law firm. He is top ranked for environmental law in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK Guide and winner of the Legal Week Green Innovation Award and Business Green Leaders Award. ELM Law provides transactional support to over 30 law firms including Addleshaws, Gateleys and Beachcrofts.

When the environmental risks really matter

  • Land contamination and water pollution.
  • Flood damage and civil claims.
  • Japanese knotweed.
  • Asbestos in buildings.

Keith will discuss the recent Court of Appeal case Powys County Council v Price where the council was held not liable for pollution caused by its predecessor council landfill operator

Getting the best deal in environmental transactions

  • What to do when you receive a negative desktop report.
  • Appointing environmental consultants.
  • Environmental liability transfer acting for a seller.
  • Tactics when acting for landlords and tenants.
  • When is environmental insurance appropriate?


Tom Backhouse is the founder and CEO of Terrafirma and has undertaken over 300 hours of educational talks on the varied and many risks the ground poses. Tom pursues an ambition of changing the way in which we perceive, identify and act upon environmental risks to better manage and resolve the problems that are increasing in occurrence across the UK.

Tom is award-winning speaker and focuses strongly on changing perceptions and increasing awareness to better arm the audience in the face of emerging and very relevant risks.

Managing risks: What lies beneath?

To better understand both the physical, financial and legal risks associated with the UK's extractive industries. An often misunderstood and overlooked environmental risk, past, present and planned mining and mineral extraction poses a variety of risks and/or impacts to all parties within a property/land transaction and with a recent increase in the volume and visibility of mining-related sinkholes, the risks can no longer be avoided.

Learn when, where and how mining and ground risk assessment should be used and learn more about the hidden legacy of UK mineral extraction and how interpretation of data is essential in both understanding and acting upon the potential risks the ground poses.

This is a free event, if you are interested please contact or call 01392 366 333 to book your place.