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A Practical Approach to Conveyancing

Twenty-first edition

Robert Abbey and Mark Richards

July 2019

ISBN: 9780198838586

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 accompanying online resources provides additional examples of specimen forms, multiple choice questions, and links to websites which contain further useful and relevant information
  • Access to a digital version of this book comes with every purchase to enable a more flexible learning experience - 12 months' access to this title on Law Trove will be available from 15 July 2019. Access must be redeemed by 30 June 2020

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

This book is also accompanied by online resources, which include specimen forms, links to useful websites, additional online appendices, interactive conveyancing timelines, and multiple choice questions for students to test their knowledge.

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