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Residential Conveyancing Practice

A Guide for Support Staff and Paralegals, 2nd edition
Russell Hewitson
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This crucial training manual gives support staff and paralegals a deeper understanding of the legal principles, regulations and good practice underlying residential conveyancing procedures and a sound grasp of the risks associated with their work.

This new edition deals with the stages and processes involved in residential conveyancing in a clear and practical way.  Transactions of leasehold and freehold titles are illuminated by clear and concise guidance from a leading academic lawyer with extensive experience teaching conveyancing to students and practitioners.

The most important risks and practice points are highlighted through:

  • examples drawn from practice,
  • best practice hints and tips, and
  • warnings of pitfalls.

Aligned to the requirements of the Law Society’s updated Conveyancing Protocol 2019, this book provides law firms and their staff with an invaluable aid to training, risk management and improving standards of competency and compliance.

Reference will be made to the standard form of contract incorporating the Standard Conditions of Sale, the TA forms used in residential conveyancing, common search forms (for example CON29 and CON29O), and relevant Law Society Practice Notes and Land Registry Practice Guides.


1. Introduction to conveyancing; 2. Land registration; 3. Preliminary matters; 4. Drafting the contract; 5. Pre-contract enquiries and searches; 6. Planning considerations; 7. Investigating title; 8. Mortgages; 9. Exchange of contracts; 10. Pre-completion; 11. Completion; 12. Post completion; 13. Remedies; 14. New properties; 15. The grant of a lease; Appendix. 

About the Author

Russell Hewitson is an Associate Professor at Northumbria University. He qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and practised with Ward Hadaway, before joining Northumbria University in 1992 where he has taught and researched conveyancing law and practice. Russell has contributed to a number of books published by the Law Society, including the Conveyancing Handbook, Conveyancing Quality Scheme Toolkit and Conveyancing Checklists.

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Property and conveyancing


November 2020


The Law Society




288 Pages