Date: 11 September 2013 - 20 September 2013
This tour will take you to the sites of some of the leading property law cases in England - cases which have direct relevance to the practice of property law in Australia.
Each visit includes one or more lectures on why the case is important - and all lectures qualify for CPD/ MCLE/ MCPD points (with a total of at least 10 points)
This is the proposed itinerary and some details may change:
During the course of our tour we will gain from the knowledge and insight of our tour leader, Professor Peter Butt, along with a number of leading UK property lawyers. We will also have the services of a number of local guides while we are in the United Kingdom.
Welcome Dinner in a restaurant in London.
This will be an opportunity for everyone to meet and ask questions and we will also provide you with the conference papers and a map.
Our 24-hour Tour Guide will be available to answer any questions and will remain with us until our final airport departure.
Day 1: Wednesday 11 September 2013
We will have use of a private coach and driver, while touring for the next 10 days.
Tour of London
This morning we begin with an introductory tour of London. London is the largest city in Europe: quite a feat, considering its location on a relatively small island. London's location is perfect for an administrative, communications and trade centre, as the Romans realized when they founded their city in AD 1st century. London is filled with countless historic and cultural treasures that meld seamlessly in this exciting, contemporary city.
The tour will be on foot and by coach, to maximize the available time. We will be joined by a local guide.
Explore the area around Covent Garden, a lively area filled with shops, restaurants, and street performers. You will have the chance to dine in Covent Garden for lunch.
In the early afternoon we have a walking tour of 'case sites' in the Covent Garden area. This area of London features in a number of key property decisions.
The rest of the afternoon and evening is at your own leisure. London offers some of the world's best theatre, from West End musicals to cutting-edge plays, therefore we suggest you book the theatre for tonight.
Our base for tonight and tomorrow night will be our centrally located hotel, The Rubens Hotel, London. Breakfast will be included at the hotel.
Day 2: Thursday 12 September 2013
This morning our coach departs to visit legal sites in the following localities:
- Kensington Gate
We are planning to visit the Australian High Commissioner at Australia House, in the Strand (to be confirmed).
- Lunch at the Inner Temple; an oasis in the historic heart of London, directly opposite the Law Courts, and the professional home of Rumpole
- Tour of Temple Church (the church of the Knights Templar, and now the Lawyers' Church)
- Afternoon tour of Middle Temple, with its splendid halls dating back to Elizabethan times
The rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day 3 Friday 13 September 2013
Today we travel from London to Eastbourne.
Our first stop is the historic market town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, famous for its medieval shopping arcade (the Pantiles). There we will have a 1 hour lecture by Paul Clark, one of the UK's leading property practitioners.
We continue by coach to Bodiam Castle, a splendid moated castle, for a walk around the grounds. This must be one of the UK's most photogenic castles!
We then continue to Eastbourne, a scenic seaside town, for a visit to the sites of several leading cases. You will enjoy a stroll along the beachfront to the pier, followed by a visit to one of the UK's most scenic headlands (and the site of a tragic case), Beachy Head, famed for its lighthouse and majestic chalk cliffs. For those who feel like some exercise, this is an excellent area for walking; bring stout shoes!
The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Our accommodation for tonight is England's only 5-star seaside hotel, the Grand Hotel (which also features in one of the cases). Breakfast will be included at the hotel.
Day 4: Saturday 14 September 2013
Today we travel from Eastbourne to Exeter, via Arundel, Stonehenge and Salisbury.
We visit Arundel Castle, the seat of The Dukes of Norfolk and set in 40 acres of sweeping grounds and gardens. Arundel Castle is one of the great treasure houses of England, with a unique place in history and home to priceless works of art.
Arundel is also the site of a leading case on vendor and purchaser law.
The charming city of Salisbury was founded in the 13th century after the settlement of Old Sarum was abandoned. The surrounding lush fields and rivers were a marked improvement over the former arid hill-top location. Today, Salisbury has largely preserved its medieval, Tudor and Queen Anne architecture, giving the town a delightful elegance.
You might like to stroll into the city of Salisbury for lunch, before visiting the Cathedral.
We visit Salisbury Cathedral, one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Britain. It has the tallest spire in the country, which we may climb if we wish. Our visit will be highlighted by the Cathedral's 13th century octagonal Chapter House, which displays the finest of the four surviving original texts of the Magna Carta.
Next, we visit mysterious Stonehenge, a large circle of stone lintels and megalithic pillars, and one of the most impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain. Constructed approximately 5,000 years ago, Stonehenge symbolises mystery, power and endurance.
Tonight, our base will be in Exeter, a Roman town, full of history. Breakfast will be included at the hotel.
Day 5: Sunday 15 September 2013
Today we travel from Exeter to Dartmoor, and then on to St Ives and Newquay.
Our morning stop in Dartmoor will be a genuine surprise. Dartmoor is one of the wildest, unspoilt areas of England. Here, 'in the middle of nowhere', we will be paying homage to an iconic figure of Australian land law.
We will enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch in a local Dartmoor pub. This is at your own expense (which is not very much, given the favourable exchange rate), but we can help you book a table.
After lunch we travel to St Ives. Here we visit the site of one of the most famous cases on easements, set in one of the UK's most scenic coastal villages. Enjoy a stroll along the harbour, with a Cornish pasty and/or Cornish ice-cream!
We continue from St Ives to our accommodation in the Newquay/Padstow Area.
Tonight our base will be in the Newquay/Padstow area. Breakfast will be included at the hotel.
Day 6: Monday 16 September 2013
Today we will travel from Newquay/Padstow to Bath, via the Cornish coastline, Glastonbury and Wells.
If time permits, this morning we will visit several iconic Cornish seaside villages, with time for a stroll along the harbour fronts (and, for those who feel fit, a brief excursion onto the South-West Coastal Path, one of the UK's most scenic walking trails).
Glastonbury is a town shrouded in Arthurian myth and rich in mystical association. The town was once one of the most important destinations for pilgrims in England. The most notable and popular landmarks, Glastonbury Tor and the Abbey, are associated with the stories of King Arthur, the Holy Grail, Jesus, and Joseph of Arimathea.
Some might like to climb Glastonbury Tor, one of England's most photographed landmarks, and the site of a gruesome execution back in the days of Henry VIII.
Wells is a small city in Somerset. It is named after St. Andrew's Well, the sacred spring that bubbles up from the ground near the 14th century Bishop's Palace, residence of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. It is famous for its magnificent cathedral.
Visit beautiful Wells Cathedral, highlighted by 365 medieval statues of kings, knights and saints on the West Facade, as well as the unique scissor arches in the interior. If the timing is right, some might like to attend Evensong at the Cathedral; its choir was recently named as one of the top 5 choirs in the world!
A visit is included to the medieval Cathedral Library, with its unique collection of books and manuscripts, including a land grant over 1,000 years old.
We will also allow time to visit the Bishop's Palace, with its majestic ruins and grounds; and Vicars' Close, said to be the best preserved medieval street scape in Europe, unchanged since the 1400s.
Afternoon tea will be in the Cathedral restaurant.
Bath is a unique and beautiful city. The Romans turned it into England's first spa resort, and brilliant architects later created the Neo-Classical facades that fill the city and recall its Georgian and Victorian golden age. Jane Austen lived here and the peaceful beauty of the city inspired several of her works.
Our base for the next 2 nights will be at our hotel in Bath. Breakfast will be included at the hotel.
Day 7: Tuesday 17 September 2013
Walking Tour of Bath
Take a Walking Tour through historic Bath, where we will see: the spectacular fa?ade of Bath Abbey; Pulteney Bridge, featuring wonderful views of the city and the River Avon; the Circus; and the Royal Crescent, one of Britain's finest streets.
Visit Bath Abbey, founded in the 7th century AD and noted for its unique facade. In 973 AD, the first king of England, Edgar, was crowned in the Abbey, securing its importance in the nation's history.
Roman Baths and Pump Room
Explore the well-preserved Roman Baths, first associated with the Celtic King Bladud, and later established by the Romans in the 1st century. Step into the Pump Room, a set of elegant chambers built above the old Roman baths. The core of the Pump Room is the Grand Chamber, which looks down onto the old Roman Baths. We may have the opportunity to sample some of the spa's natural spring water.
This afternoon we will visit Bathampton, just a short coach ride from Bath and famed for its Australian connection. There we will also enjoy a pint (or something soft) in a traditional pub, and go for a short walk along a scenic canal (complete with stone bridge and traditional narrow boats). We then stroll to a nearby railway crossing, the site of an iconic easement case.
Day 8: Wednesday 18 September 2013
Today we travel from Bath to Stratford-upon-Avon, via the scenic Cotswolds.
Our coach will stop in several ''chocolate-box villages'' for photos and souvenirs (and a short hike for those who would like a bit of exercise).
We then continue to the famed city of Worcester
Worcester Cathedral or Worcester Pottery
We allow time for a visit to Worcester Cathedral, or the nearby Worcester Pottery
Continue to Stratford-upon-Avon by coach
Situated on the banks of the Avon River, Stratford-upon-Avon is one of England's most beloved towns. Its history dates back to the Roman period, but its current appearance is as a charming Georgian and Tudor Revival market town that eagerly embraces the era of its most important former resident, William Shakespeare.
Our base for tonight is Stratford upon Avon, at the Falcon Hotel, where breakfast will be provided.
Day 9: Thursday 19 September 2013
Today we travel from Stratford-upon-Avon to Cambridge, via Wellingborough.
Enjoy morning tea (at your own arrangements) and time at the Wellingborough Shopping Centre. This is most definitely not on the normal tourist route; but the reason for the visit will soon become clear as we learn about a leading case!
Cambridge was an important Roman town because of its location at the first navigable point on the River Cam. Today, the river is more popular for punting than for trade, usually by the students at the city's famed university.
College Walking Tour
We will take a Walking Tour, which will include visits to King's College, Trinity College, and Magdalene College, made famous by EM Forrester, A.A Milne, and C.S. Lewis respectively.
This afternoon you will have a 1-hour seminar/lecture in Guildhall or Trinity College, given by another leading UK property lawyer. The rest of the afternoon is free.
Our farewell dinner will be at one of Cambridge's historic colleges, with fine food and wine, served in historic, wood-panelled surroundings of the kind normally accessible only to College Fellows. For many people, this is a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.
Our base for tonight will be in Cambridge, either in modern accommodation at a famous College (depending on availability) or a city hotel. Breakfast will be provided at the accommodation.
Day 10: Friday 20 September 2013
On our last day you will have some free time for shopping and exploration in Cambridge this morning.
You might like to stroll through Cambridge's historic city centre, or have tea and scones at one of its famed tea houses, or go punting on the Cam.
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our guide accompanies us to Heathrow or London (depending on your onward travel arrangements) on our final day.
This tour is an experience like no other. Only 40 people will be able to participate in this remarkable journey. Will you be one of them?
What is included in the price?
- Gain all 10 CPD/MCLE/ MCPD points including compliance areas
- 9 nights' accommodation in 4 & 5 star hotels including breakfast daily.
- All entrance fees and excursions as outline in the itinerary.
- A dedicated Tour Director plus the expertise and perspective of local guides when required.
- Porterage at all hotels.
- Welcome Dinner
- Restaurant Lunch in Covent Garden, drinks are not included.
- Morning tea with the Australian High Commissioner
- Lunch at the Inner Temple
- Farewell Dinner at Cambridge University
Services NOT included in the price?
- Airfares. You need to book your own airfare.
- Travel insurance. You must obtain your own travel insurance. This is compulsory.
- Visa costs (if applicable)
- Airport transfers
- Meals and activities not mentioned in the itinerary or listed as optional
- Personal expenses such as laundry, mobile phone and other incidentals
- Single Room Supplements
- Tips for Guides or Drivers