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Risk and Negligence in Property Transactions


Conveyancing and property

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22 October 2018

The Law Society


234 x 156 mm
208 pages

Risk and Negligence in Property Transactions

Editor: John De Waal Qc


Managing risk is a requirement of the SRA Handbook and quality schemes.

Land law in England and Wales remains highly complex and contains many traps for the unwary. Claims against solicitors for negligence arising out of property transactions form approximately 60% of all solicitors’ negligence claims.

As well as covering routine matters such as investigation of title and pre-contract searches and enquiries, the book contains chapters on discrete issues such residential leasehold properties, planning and environmental law, and insolvency.


1. Instructions and client care. 2. Investigation of title. 3. New properties and NHC. 4. Pre-contract searches and enquiries. 5. Residential leasehold properties. 6. Commercial leasehold properties. 7. Conditional contracts and options. 8. Mortgages and CML conditions. 9. Planning. 10. Environmental issues. 11. Insolvency. 12. Exchange of contracts. 13. Exchange of contracts. 14. Completion and registration of title. 15. Remedies for failure to complete.

About the Author

John de Waal QC was called in 1992 and took Silk in 2013. He, along with eight other contributors to the book, is a barrister at Hardwicke Chambers practising exclusively in the fields of property and property-related negligence. In addition, five chapters have been contributed by specialist solicitors.

John has written and published extensively. He contributed a chapter on “All Risks Property Insurance” to the 1st edition of Paul Reed QC’s book “Construction All Risks Insurance”. He is a member of the Property Bar Association and the Professional Negligence Bar Association.