Land Registry has updated its practice guide 8 for conveyancers on the execution of deeds to be submitted. Section 2.1.2 of the guide has been amended to confirm that one party to the deed cannot witness the signature of another party to the deed.

Land Registry has also updated practice guide 10 – Official search of the index map, which advises on how to apply for an official search. Section 9 of the guide (plans issued with a result of a search of the index map) has been amended to reflect current policy that Land Registry will issue textual results for official searches of the index map in most cases, without a plan. A plan may be issued in circumstances when it is felt that the area searched needs to be qualified.