Commercial Property Forum

We host this industry-led forum. It helps to inform our work to maintain financial stability in the UK.


The Commercial Property Forum monitors developments and assesses underlying structural issues in the commercial property sector, seeking to identify market risks that could evolve into broader financial stability risks and obstacles to economic growth in the UK.

People working in the sector lead Forum discussions and make up the majority of its attendees. We organise its meetings. They are hosted by our Executive Director for Financial Stability Strategy and Risk. The Forum usually meets once a quarter. Sometimes there are extra meetings to examine specific topics if issues emerge.

We set up the Forum in 1993. It works alongside the Residential Property Forum that we founded in 2010. Both forums inform the work our Financial Policy Committee does to maintain financial stability in the UK.


Attendees of the Forum come from the commercial property sector. They include, but are not limited to: investors, developers, lenders, valuers, agents, advisers, analysts and academics, as well as other experts and commentators.

Representatives from the Bank of England, the Prudential Regulation Authority, and where relevant, Financial Conduct Authority and Government departments come to its meetings and take part in its discussions.

The current chair of the Forum is Emma Huepfl who was appointed in October 2023. 

Emma works as a Senior Advisor in the real estate industry having previously founded Laxfield Capital, which managed institutional capital investing into UK real estate debt. After the sale of Laxfield to CBRE Investment Management she worked as Co-Head of the EMEA Credit platform until 2023. Her industry service includes past Chair and Non-Executive Director of CREFC Europe, the trade body for the real estate finance industry, and she is a current non-executive board member of April Mortgages Ltd. 


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This page was last updated 16 November 2023