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A Practical Approach to Conveyancing

Twentieth Edition

Robert Abbey and Mark Richards

July 2018

ISBN: 9780198823087

568 pages

In Stock

A Practical Approach

Price: £39.99

The perfect bridge between legal studies and practice; comprehensive and practically-focused handbooks on the key principles and procedures for students and trainee practitioners



Written by two leading authorities in the area with over seventy years' combined legal experience, this text offers a detailed and up-to-date account of the key procedures and principles underpinning the practice of both residential and commercial conveyancing, making it essential reading for students, practitioners, and licensed conveyancers.

  • Drawing on the authors' extensive experience in legal practice, this book offers a detailed and rigorous overview of conveyancing and provides highly practical guidance on each stage
  • Sample documentation introduces the precedent documents, forms, and clauses likely to be encountered in practice
  • Key point summaries and practical checklists enable the reader to easily identify key information and quickly refresh their knowledge of essential points
  • The free Online Resource Centre provides additional examples of specimen forms, multiple choice questions, and links to websites which contain further useful and relevant information
  • Access to the digital version of this book comes with every purchase to enable a more flexible learning experience - redeem your 12 months' access to Law Trove by 30 June 2019

New to this edition

  • Coverage of the changes in UK Stamp Duty Land Tax, including first time buyers' relief which was introduced in November 2017
  • Coverage of the Welsh Land Transaction Tax introduced in April 2018
  • Discussion of the latest developments in e-conveyancing, including Land Registry proposals for a new Digital Mortgage Service
  • Discussion of government plans to eradicate unfair rent increases on new-build long leases, as well as changes to pre-contract searches and enquiries
  • Additional material on the Money Laundering Regulations 2017, the new UK Finance Mortgage Lenders' Handbook, and the new UK Finance Disclosure Form for new properties

About the Author(s)

Robert Abbey, Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber); former Professor of Legal Education and Practice, University of Westminster, and Mark Richards, Solicitor; Visiting Lecturer in Law, University of Westminster

Robert Abbey is a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and former Professor of Legal Education and Practice at the University of Westminster. He is the former Deputy Adjudicator to HM Land Registry, and former Chief External Examiner in property law and practice for the Solicitor's Regulation Authority.

Mark Richards is a Solicitor and Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster. He has previous experience as a partner in a central London solicitors' firm specializing in all aspects of property law.

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction
    2: Taking instructions and other initial matters
    3: The draft contract
    4: Pre-contract searches and enquiries, town and country planning
    5: Deduction and investigation of title
    6: Preparing for and implementing exchange of contracts; death or insolvency of contracting parties between exchange and completion
    7: The purchase deed and mortgage
    8: Pre-completion procedures and completion
    9: Post-completion procedures: delays and remedies
    10: Leaseholds and commonholds
    11: New properties
    12: Commercial conveyancing
    13: Business tenancies and the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, Part II


"This is an excellent text. It provides a superb account of the conveyancing procedure. The useful precedents, practical checklists and key points mean that the confusions conveyancing can cause are quickly overcome!" - Student Law Journal, on a previous edition

"A comprehensive text offering sound advice from experienced practitioners and thorough coverage of the key issues in modern conveyancing practice." - Elizabeth Turner, Solicitor and former Lecturer

Additional Resources

The online resource centre features specimen forms, links to useful websites, additional online appendices, interactive conveyancing timelines, and a bank of self-marking multiple choice questions for students to test their knowledge. Direct access to the cases study documentation which accompanies the authors book Property Law is also provided.

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