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Conveyancing Handbook

27th edition
General Editor: Frances Silverman, Consultant Editors: Russell Hewitson and Anne Rodell
Availability: Published

The Conveyancing Handbook has been a trusted first port of call for thousands of practitioners for 27 years.

This year’s edition has been extensively updated to include the latest guidance on good practice in residential conveyancing and is a crucial resource for answering queries arising from day-to-day property transactions.

The 27th edition includes new and updated guidance on:

  • COVID-19: guidance to conveyancers advising clients on house moves;
  • SRA regulatory changes;
  • money laundering reforms;
  • the Conveyancing Protocol and Code for Completion;
  • HM Land Registry; and
  • VAT.

Throughout the book reference is made at appropriate points to the SRA Standards and Regulations, The Law Society Conveyancing Protocol (2019), the Standard Conditions of Sale and Code for Completion.

Appendices include Solicitors Regulation Authority; Law Society practice notes; Law Society protocol, codes and formulae; Standard conditions; Law Society forms; Law Society practice information; Law Society interest rate; HM Revenue and Customs and COVID-19: guidance to conveyancers advising clients on house moves.



First published in 1992, the handbook continues to provide the busy conveyancer with a practical guide to everyday issues, with the relevant law either set out or referenced. Invariably considered by the courts to contain ‘best practice’, the conveyancer adopts their own different course in any given situation at their peril. A weighty tome at nearly 1,500 pages, it is not bedtime reading but deserves a place in every conveyancing firm’s office, if not on every conveyancer’s desk.

Peter Rodd is Law Society Council member for residential conveyancing.


  1. A. Preliminary matters; B. Pre-exchange; C. Exchange; D. Title; E. Pre-completion; F. Completion; G. Post-completion; H. Lenders; I. New properties; J. Sales of part; K. Leaseholds; L. Commonhold; M. Delay and remedies; N. Costs; Appendices.

About the Author

Frances Silverman .is a solicitor and formerly a reader at the University of Law and fee-paid employment judge. She is author of a number of books on conveyancing. Frances sits as a judge in the First-tier Property Tribunal and is a founder member of the Institute of Expert Witnesses.




Property and conveyancing


October 2020


The Law Society




1504 Pages