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EWS1 forms and what they mean for social landlords, shared owners and leaseholders – a masterclass

  • Type HQN Event
  • Venue Virtual workshop
  • Start 03 Feb 2022 10:30
  • End 03 Feb 2022 13:00


 EWS1 forms and what they mean for social landlords, shared owners and leaseholders – a masterclass

Live masterclass

The EWS1 form (External Wall System) was introduced by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors as a response to lenders seeking assurance on the safety of external wall systems as a condition of approving mortgage applications for ‘high-rise’ buildings over 18 meters.

But over the past 18 months, there has been a growth in lenders requesting EWS1 forms on all buildings regardless of height, or risk posed by external wall materials, which has impacted on sales being able to progress.

Despite the best of intentions, the EWS1 form has created more uncertainty (and potentially cost) for all parties involved and due to the changing definition of properties that fall under its remit, the situation has become more complex and lacked clarity.

Key concerns include:

  • The form is being used far more often than intended, on properties where the necessity is questionable
  • The process is costly and can be very slow
  • There are not enough qualified individuals to complete the forms
  • The costs for remedial work are falling to leaseholders who often cannot afford them.

Since the EWS1 form was introduced in November 2019, the government has been forced to intervene on a number of occasions to provide additional guidance and funding, to address the issues. It has resulted in an ever-changing situation that remains without a satisfactory resolution.

For this virtual masterclass, HQN is teaming up with EWS1 form expert Neave Maguire who will bring delegates up to date with the latest guidance and best practice. She is also happy to answer questions on specific issues and situations. 

The session will cover:

  • The EWS1 form – all you need to know
  • Appointing a fire engineer
  • Who should foot the bill?
  • Waking Watch
  • The controversy around Type 4 compartmentation surveys
  • The legal impact of EWS1.

Who should attend?

  • Chief executives, boards and executives of registered providers
  • Leasehold and shared ownership teams
  • Building safety teams
  • Development teams
  • Anyone involved in block management.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Neave Maguire, Construction Law Expert
  • Scott Edwards, Contract Manager (Development), Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association
  • Matt Hodges-Long, CEO, TrackMyRisks and Building Safety Commentator.

About our speakers

Neave Maguire

Neave is a junior associate ranked as “an associate to watch” in Chambers and Partner 2021. She specialises in construction and infrastructure. Based in London, she advises on and negotiates appointments and contracts and also provides guidance on a wide range of issues including construction disputes and insurance coverage relating to fire safety issues. 

Her practice covers a variety of construction projects for commercial clients, including developers, investors, purchasers, contractors and social housing bodies. Acting for and against large multi-disciplinary consultancies, engineers, architects, project managers, developers and employers, and tier 1 and 2 contractors, she has developed a strong commercial awareness and a comprehensive understanding of industry issues.

Matt Hodges-Long

Matt co-created the TrackMyRisks Software as a service platform in 2016 to bring enterprise grade governance, risk and compliance software to the mass market. The TrackMyRisks platform operates across key industry verticals of property, financial services, healthcare and education. In the property market, Matt and his team work with clients to create GRC programmes that meet and exceed the upcoming requirements of the Fire Safety Act and the new Building Safety Regulator.

Scott Edwards

Scott Edwards is a Building Safety Manager with Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA) and Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB). He has worked in the social housing sector for over 14 years as a Senior Surveyor and Contract Manager within new build development and repairs and major projects. He has overseen cladding and fire safety remediation projects and led ISHA building safety programme, which also includes developing resident engagement strategies for building safety. His experience has enabled him to transition into this new role and take forward building safety priorities to make sure that ISHA homes are safe, and residents feel safe in their homes.


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