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Full description

As a residential property lawyer, you will appreciate the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest developments in property law and practice. This course is a best seller, having been carefully developed over recent years to ensure it continues to be an effective, up-to-the-minute update for conveyancers. This course is specifically designed to meet your needs as a busy property lawyer – delivered in an engaging and effective manner, cutting through the academic niceties and focusing on making things relevant to your own practice. Our well known and experienced residential property experts, David Keighley and Lorraine Richardson, will take you through the latest notable developments in the key areas. Taking a practical approach, you will consider the main legal development (together with any recent case law), then carefully consider points for practice and drafting. This course is not static. To ensure it is as up-to-date as possible when you participate, it is subject to change from time to time to reflect the very latest important developments in residential conveyancing.

Key learning outcomes

  • Understand the latest legal developments affecting residential conveyancing
  • Appreciate how to apply these developments to your own practice
  • Know how these developments may impact third parties, such as developers and professional consultants

What does this course cover?

This course will update you on the major topics in conveyancing, and will typically include:

  • Mortgages: Solicitors’ breach of trust and/or undertaking; Fraudulent transactions: Impact on lender and solicitors; Negligence and representations to lenders; Lenders’ attitude to Rent charges
  • Representations & Misrepresentation: Solicitors’ liability on applications to the Land Registry; Land Registration - Law Commission Proposals
  • Fraud: Red flags impacting conveyancing; CLC & Law Society guidance
  • Completion: Revised Law Society Code for Completion; Notice to complete & readiness to complete
  • Code of Conduct: 2019 Update; Impact on Conveyancing
  • Joint Tenancies: Impact on beneficial interest where transfer not signed by buyers; Severance – recent developments
  • Service Charges: Time limits, reasonableness, interim payments, block insurance policies, balancing charges, communal facilities
  • Restrictions & Covenants in leases: Keeping pets; Shorthold and other lets; Breach of covenant by tenants and landlords
  • Easements: Registration Gap; Means of creation; Abandonment
  • Land Registry: Practice Guide updates; Local land charges
  • Miscellaneous Practice Points


David Keighley

was admitted as a solicitor in 1982. Until his retirement from full time practice in September 2016 David was a partner in and Head of Residential property at a Legal 500 firm. Having done so part time whilst in practice, he now uses his extensive experience and understanding of practical conveyancing to cut through the academic niceties and make things relevant for the busy practitioner. He, in conjunction with a range of commercial providers, regularly presents at property law conferences, seminars, webinars, audio seminars, training courses and related events. The feedback received from delegates attending his lectures & courses has been exceptional and have included the comments “The best speaker I have ever heard”; “Excellent speaker, explained a difficult concept clearly and confidently” and “Very clear speaker. His practical experience shows through! His advice is always clear and helpful” He also regularly works in-house with firms by providing both bespoke mentoring/coaching on a one to one basis or seminars to larger groups. He is also available at certain times for either locum work or to work with teams to assess and improvement their performance and documents. He is a contributing author for the Law Society Conveyancing Handbook, was the co-author of an online training course for the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), is the deputy editor of newsletter issued monthly by & the Solicitors Group, provides monthly audio seminars in conjunction with LIPS Legal and has written for publications including the Law Society’s Property in Practice Magazine and the Solicitors Journal.

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