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Conveyancing Handbook (Hardback)

30th 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 over 30 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 30th edition includes new and updated guidance on:

  • Building Safety Act 2022, Fire Safety Act 2021, and Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Act 2022
  • money laundering reforms and Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022
  • mortgage fraud
  • impact of Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 on both landlords and tenants
  • changes to legislation on leasehold, ground rents and shorthold tenancies and changes to commonhold
  • indexation of rents and service charges
  • SRA regulatory changes and guidance on undertakings
  • VAT, SDLT and LTT
  • Law Society Practice Note on climate change
  • new Homes Code/New Homes Ombudsman.

This new edition includes a new section on modern auctions.

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 Law Society protocol, codes and formulae; and other Law Society practice information, including revised COVID-19 industry guidance.



My experience with the handbook has been overwhelmingly positive. Its clarity, comprehensiveness, and practicality have made it a trusted resource in my work. Whether you are a seasoned solicitor or new to the field, this handbook is an essential addition to your library, providing guidance, reassurance and a wealth of knowledge.

Anna Newport is a solicitor and director at Newport Land & Law, West Yorkshire


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 the 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.

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Property and conveyancing


October 2023


The Law Society




1376 Pages