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Keys left in door of property

Law Society publishes guide on Code for Completion by Post

13 May 2019

The Law Society has published the latest version of the Code for Completion by Post. It has been amended to clarify the position following the Court of Appeal ruling in Dreamvar in 2018


MHCLG publishes new consumer guides on home buying and selling

9 May 2019

They set out information about the process generally, the different professionals involved, the steps towards completing a property transaction, and where to find further information. We are pleased that the government has engaged with the Law Society and other stakeholders to prepare these guides

construction flats

Do you think there should be a specific CON29DW for new-build properties?

7 May 2019

The Drainage and Water Searches Network (DWSN) is currently undertaking an informal consultation to seek conveyancers’ views on the development of a specific CON29DW for new-build properties

home insurance hands house

Law Society responds to Law Commission leasehold consultation

3 May 2019

Moves to make it easier for leaseholders to take control of their freeholds through right to manage have been broadly welcomed by the Law Society of England and Wales, in response to the Law Commission’s consultation

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Law Society publishes new TA13 form

3 May 2019Updated: 9 May 2019

We have amended the TA13 Completion Information and Undertakings form to reflect the changes made to the Code for Completion by Post in response to the Court of Appeal decision in the Dreamvar case last year

Rows of terraced houses

SRA publishes residential conveyancing thematic review

8 April 2019

The review found that most firms were fulfilling their obligations, but that there were areas for improvement, including around costs estimates, disbursements and information on leasehold

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Commonhold 'must earn market approval' to be viable leasehold alternative

26 March 2019

The Law Society has responded to the Law Commission’s consultation on ‘Reinvigorating commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership’.


Freehold Management Enquiries form launched

26 March 2019

Over 14 cross-industry trade and representative bodies, including the Law Society, have come together to create and endorse a new Freehold Management Enquiries (FME1)

All Updates

Sarah Dwight

Moving with the timesSubscription

11 June 2019By

The revised Conveyancing Protocol came into force on 1 May. Sarah Dwight explains what changes have been made and why

Stephen Lewis

Fight for the rightSubscription

11 June 2019By

Stephen Lewis and his team of expert lawyers outline the impact the Law Commission’s recent right to manage consultation could have for homeowners in England and Wales

Landlords and Section 21 notices - two doors, one open to show the number 21

Catch 21

11 June 2019By ,

Sarah Cummins and David Smith review the current law on section 21 notices and consider the future of the section 21 procedure, following the government’s recent proposal to abolish no-fault evictions

Eleanor O’Reilly-Joe

Quality timeSubscription

11 June 2019By

As part of a programme of change to the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, we will soon be rolling out two new assessments designed to help firms to further drive improvement in their residential conveyancing practice. Eleanor O’Reilly-Joe explains

Warren Gordon

Home feeSubscription

11 June 2019By

Warren Gordon looks at the impact of the Tenant Fees Act 2019, which will limit the payments that a landlord can charge in connection with most short-term residential tenancies entered into on or after 1 June 2019 

Sophie Quince

What’s in a name?Subscription

11 June 2019By , , ,

We all think we know what a “house” is, but the definition in legislation has been causing confusion ever since it came into force in 1968, particularly for leaseholders. Students at Northumbria Law School look at the case law and the current position

Warren Gordon

Ringing in the new Subscription

11 June 2019By

Warren Gordon looks at some of the key wording in the new edition of the Law Society’s Code for Completion by Post

Warren Gordon

Common cause

12 March 2019By

Property Section chair Warren Gordon looks at the Law Commission’s proposals on commonhold

Client care in property

Bright sideSubscription

12 March 2019By

Under increasing pressure, it’s harder than ever to find time to get to know your clients. But if you make that investment, it can help you manage expectations and create a relationship which will benefit both you and the client. Sarah Dwight offers her top tips

Professor Nick Hopkins

Common groundSubscription

12 March 2019By

Professor Nick Hopkins and the property law team at the Law Commission outline the commission’s commonhold consultation and the impact the changes could have in practice

Sue Highmore

The green stuffSubscription

12 March 2019By

It is nearly a year since the minimum energy efficiency standard regime came into force. Sue Highmore reflects on its effect on residential clients – including the financial impact – and outlines changes coming into force on 1 April 2019

Sarah Brodie

Loud and clearSubscription

5 December 2018By

From 6 December 2018, conveyancers will need to publish price- and service-related information on their websites. Sarah Brodie looks at what this could mean in practice

Andrew Smith

Party politicsSubscription

5 December 2018By

With residential extensions becoming more popular, conveyancers are more likely to encounter works authorised under the Party Wall Act 1996. Andrew Smith explains how the act works and offers some practice points

Listed property

Hit list

8 October 2018By

Listed buildings and conservation areas can trip up even the most astute conveyancer, slowing down the process, damaging client relationships, and risking breaches of consumer protection regulations. Richard Copus explains what you need to know

Leaving the EU - Property

Life after leave

5 September 2018By

With Brexit now only six months away, investor sentiment remains positive, but there are broader challenges in the market which need to be resolved, from access to finance to housing supply. Paresh Raja explains

Michael Draper

Devolution evolution

5 September 2018By

Michael Draper outlines some of the unique law – both existing and on the horizon – in Wales, as it relates to property, including potential new developments around vacant sites and residential lettings 

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The green light

26 July 2018By

From April 2018, new regulations will make it significantly harder for landlords to rent property with an energy efficiency rating below ‘E’. Warren Gordon looks at the lease drafting implications, and potential exemptions from the new requirements

Joy Bailey

Signed, sealed, delivered

6 June 2018By

As part of our regular series from HM Land Registry, Joy Bailey provides an update on the execution of deeds or documents using electronic signatures

Streets ahead

Streets ahead

6 June 2018By

Times are tough in the conveyancing market, putting the power in the hands of the client. So how can you ensure you stand out from the competition? Sue Bramall gives her 12 steps for success

Professor Nick Hopkins

On the agenda

6 June 2018By , , ,

Professor Nick Hopkins, and research assistants Chris Pulman, Rachel Preston and Thomas Nicholls, highlight the property law coming under review by the Law Commission as part of its 13th Programme of Law Reform

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