Entries invited for the 2021 PLA Blog Competition – cash prize and publication in the Estates Gazette


You might think that in the midst of a pandemic and with the dust not yet settled from our departure from the EU, property reform would be languishing low on the government’s list of priorities. Only a few days into 2021, however, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, announced that around 4 million leaseholders would be given the right to extend their lease by a maximum term of 990 years at zero ground rent and that the government would be pushing ahead with promoting commonhold in accordance with the Law Commission’s recommendations on enfranchisement. So as we are buffeted by these winds of change we invite PLA members to contribute to this year’s Alan Langleben Memorial Competition and prepare a blog (not exceeding 500 words) which answers the following question:

The Law Commission is reviewing property legislation. What do you think they should change first and why?

Entries should be submitted to essaycomp@pla.org.uk by 4pm on March 31st 2021.



The 2021 Memorial Blog Competition has now been launched and we welcome submissions from PLA members on the below question.

The Law Commission is reviewing property legislation. What do you think they should change first and why?

Your blog must be no more than 500 (five hundred) words in length.

Competitors must state on the front of their blog their name, address and email address.

The competition is open to all current members of the PLA, with the exception of Honorary, Retired or Academic members, or any current members of the Executive Committee or Law Reform Committee.

All submissions must be sent by email to essaycomp@pla.org.uk to be received no later than 4pm on 31 March 2021. We recommend that you set an ’email read’ receipt to ensure that your submission has been received.

There will be a prize in the form of a cheque for £1,000 for the winning entry and a trophy. In addition, the winner will be entitled to use the designation ‘Recipient of the Alan Langleben Memorial Blog Prize’. The winning blog will also be published in the Estates Gazette. The winner will be announced at the next PLA series of events in May 2021.

To read the Terms and Conditions for the 2021 blog competition click here.

Gary Lawrenson
Property Litigation Association