Mergers & acquisitions, reducing office stock, increasing tender levels, new ways of co-working and a rapidly reducing supplier base. Is the London fit-out market entering strange times – A Perfect Storm?

Date : Thursday, 7th April 2016

A half day morning conference in the recently completed conference suite of the lawyers, Fieldfisher, including breakfast, morning coffee and lunch.
@ Fieldfisher, Riverbank House, 2 Swan Lane, London EC4R 3TT.

Part of the London Property Forum programme of events in 2016

The London Fit-Out sector is experiencing a fundamental change as a ‘perfect storm’ of events explodes around the market place and shifts it into new waters.

This structural shift can be attributed to a rapidly declining availability of A grade office space, historic levels of lease ‘events’/breaks creating high levels of occupier demand, a chronic lack of construction industry resource and finally, an increasing expectation from ‘clients’ who look for a joined up approach to the fit-out process.

Maybe it is time to take stock and to quantify what these changes mean to the sector, with half an eye on the past but always aware that the future is never far away. This is the basis of this exciting new conference which will be held at the prestigious and recently completed offices of City of London lawyers, FieldFisher.

This is an excellent opportunity for occupiers, developers, project managers, contractors and suppliers to hear about the latest trends and be informed about this exciting market.

Key Note: Murad Ahmed, European Technology Correspondent, Financial Times

Delegate Brochure LFO2016

Event Information, Programme & Speakers

Why should I attend?

Why you should attend:

  • Keynote talk from Murad Ahmed, European Technology Corespondent, Financial Times
  • Panel response consisting of industry experts exploring key issues in this sector
  • The Developer Panel made up of key developers in London office stock
  • New workspace review: Project Overview with City of London legal space
  • Opportunity to see the recently completed Fieldfisher space with the Client and Team in attendance
  • Be part of a well organised event with respected speakers and attendees from the sector
  • Excellent networking opportunity
Conference Programme



Tea + Coffee + Light Breakfast Served

View the Pop Up Showcase and enjoy the unique views of the River Thames

Session One

Perfect Storm of a Conference
Mergers & acquisitions, reducing office stock, increasing tender levels, new ways of co-working and a rapidly reducing supplier base. Is the London fit-out market entering strange times – a perfect storm?

Murad  Ahmed, European Technology Correspondent, Financial Times
Jack Pringle, Managing Director and Principle, Perkins + Will

Matthew Battle, Managing Director, UK Property Forums

Shaun Dawson, Research Manager, Deloitte Real Estate Research
Jason Kerr, Senior Director, Head of Commercial Fit Out – Projects Group, CBRE
Jack Pringle, Managing Director and Principle, Perkins + Will
Murad Ahmed, European Technology Corresondent, Financial Times

Session Two
Fit for Purpose: Professional Services Under Review
Using the recently completed offices for the lawyers Fieldfisher as a case study, this session will review how the legal sector is using space differently and what shape professional service fit-outs will take in the future? Dovetail with this an increasing trend for the ‘nearshoring’ or ‘ north shoring of their back offices in non-London locations – is the bedrock of the London fit-out market now under threat – are we now in a new period of decline of demand by the professional sector for new space and finally, are we going to experience the adoption of open plan spaces as costs soar?

Nick Fletcher, Managing Director, Harmsen Tilney Shane

Antony Phillips, Head of Real Estate, Partner, Fieldfisher
Bradley Baker, Head of Client Representation, Knight Frank (City Office)

10:45am  Morning Coffee Break

Opportunity to network and view the Pop-Up Showcase Exhibitors

Session Three
Developers Talk Fit-Out
New developments are increasingly being constructed with the end-user in mind – build to fit. How will this affect the fit-out sector and what new approaches are developers taking to mitigate the current market pressures of low availability, changing occupier needs and rising tender costs?

Mike Burton, Director – Building Engineering, AECOM *TBC*

Kevin Chapman, Head of Offices, Development Europe, Lend Lease

Richard Baldwin, Head of Development, Derwent London

Session Four
12 noon The A&D Community Talk Fit-Out
Mergers, acquisitions and new entrants – ‘clients’ continue to demand a more joined up and cost effective approach to the fit-out sector. How is the market reacting to this development and are we seeing the death of the designer / trad contractor relationship as the d&b community extends its scope of service?

Alan Day (formerly a Partner, Cushman & Wakefield leading the London Project Management team)

Julian Sharpe, Director, TP Bennett
Chris Booth, Managing Director, Overbury plc * TBC*
Simon Patterson, Director, JLL

12:45pm  Open Forum and Summary
Chaired by Matthew Battle

13:00pm Lunch

Networking and last chance to view the Showcase

14:00pm Conference Ends

How much does it cost?


£175+VAT Delegate Rate

Includes breakfast, tea+ coffee, lunch and four sessions and access to all relevant information and exhibitors areas.
£500 + VAT Exhibitor Package

2M by 1M in size space for a pop up stand located in the main break out area, two tickets to the conference and branding on all relevant mediums for your company, including all of the above delegate details.

Contact Amy Charles for more info.

Sponsorship, Speaking and Exhibition Packages


We have for contributors, sponsors and commentators a few opportunities to join the panel and the debate. Our main caveat is that any contributions compliment the editorial theme of the event.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have various sponsorship packages available for companies wanting to promote their brands to this important sector. These start from £1500+ VAT and include a full range of benefits for sponsors and their guests.

We will be promoting the event at all other UK Property Forum events in the year, MIPIM Cannes and across the sector therefore it will be a good opportunity to get coverage and be part of a professional event attended by senior people from this important sector.

Exhibition Package


This include; 2 delegate tickets plus 2m space for pop up stand, branding on all conference materials and other opportunities.

For further information, please contact Amy Charles.


Speakers & Contributors

Murad Ahmed

European Technology Correspondent, The Financial Times

Murad Ahmed is European Technology Correspondent for ...Read More

Jack Pringle

Director, Principal, Perkins & Will

Jack studied architecture at the University of Bristol and began…read more

Antony Phillips

Head of Real Estate, Fieldfisher

Antony deals exclusively with contentious (and potentially contentious) issues…read more

Julian Sharpe

Principal Director, tp bennett

Julian studied in Manchester, Geneva and Oxford before joining…Read More

Alan Day


Alan worked for Cushman & Wakefield as ‘man and boy’ over a 25+ year period…read more

Kevin Chapman

UK Head of Offices, Lend Lease

Kevin is the UK Head of Offices in the Development Team…Read More

Bradley Baker

Head of Central London Representation, Knight Frank

Bradley Baker has spent all of his career in the London property…read more

Chris Booth

Group Managing Director, Overbury and Morgan Lovell

Chris joined Overbury in 1994, progressing through divisional…read more

Jason Kerr

Head of Commerial Fit Out Project Group, CBRE

Jason is a Senior Director within the Projects Group at CBRE…Read More

Richard Baldwin

Head of Development, Derwent London

Richard, a chartered quantity surveyor by background, joined…read more

Will Matthews

Head of Real Estate, Deloitte International Research

Will is Head of Research at Deloitte Real Estate, and leads…read more

Nick Fletcher

Managing Director, Harmsen Tilney Shane

Nick is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction…read more



Venue Location

Riverbank House
2 Swan Lane

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