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Course Unregistered Conveyancing: A Necessary Competence For Property Lawyers


Being able to deal with unregistered land must be a basic competency requirement of any solicitor dealing with residential or commercial property. In some firms no-one knows how to deal with unregistered land. It is also no answer to make an application for voluntary registration - how will you know if LR has dealt with the application correctly?

It is estimated that about 5% of land in England and Wales remains unregistered despite land registration commencing in 1925 and becoming compulsory in 1985. Title to unregistered land may not have been checked for several generations but the old and (often) historic documents may tell a story which the computer generated Land Registry titles could not.

Dealing with unregistered conveyancing is not onerous - it is a basic skill that every property lawyer must know - and this course will go through the key steps on investigating an unregistered title, with worked examples and exercises, plus checklists and flowcharts to take away.

The course covers:

  • Key differences between unregistered and registered land
  • Epitome or abstract - how to construct one
  • What is and isn't a 'good root' of title?
  • Plans – what happens if they do not conform to Land Registry requirements?
  • Missing title deeds – how do we prove title?
  • Land Charges Searches - the priority periods and how they work differently from Registered Land searches. Have the right searches been made?
  • Easements, prescriptive rights, positive and restrictive covenants, indemnities
  • Key problem areas
  • Execution and seals - what if there isn't a finger seal on a deed?
  • Easements and covenants
  • Powers of attorney
  • Joint ownership
  • Trustees
  • Deaths, Personal representatives, Assents, etc
  • Acknowledgements for production
  • Mortgages vacating receipts and discharges
  • Name changes
  • Leases
  • Voluntary dispositions and undervalue transactions
  • Restrictive covenants and indemnity chains
  • Stamp Duty and SDLT
  • Land Registry requirements on first registration,
  • What the Register doesn't tell you and why you should always keep pre-registration deeds

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