Conveyancing (8th edition)

Gabriel Brennan; Nuala Casey; Sean Brodie; Deirdre Fox; Rachael Hession; Barry Magee; John Murphy; Anne Stephenson
Law Society of Ireland Manuals

Conveyancing is designed for trainee solicitors studying applied land law on the Professional Practice Course in Ireland and will also be of benefit to practitioners. The manual offers complete coverage of all the knowledge needed when practising conveyancing, including the legal concept of property, and the protection, acquisition, and movement of proprietary interests. Featuring sample documentation and precedents illustrating the procedural aspects of conveyancing, this eighth edition has been fully revised to cover legislative changes, new practice directions, developments in property registration, and changes in taxation. References are also included to forthcoming reforms. The principles of conveyancing practice are clearly explained, making the book an essential reference for both trainees and practitioners in the field.


1 Introduction to conveyancing and systems of registration
2 Steps in a conveyancing transaction
3 Ethics
4 Title
5 Investigation of title
6 Contract for sale
7 The family home, the shared home, and cohabiting couples
8 Drafting
9 Mortgages
10 Searches
11 Planning
12 New houses
13 First registration
14 Dealing with registered land
15 Requisitions on title
16 Conveyancing and taxation


Dr. Gabriel Brennan is a solicitor and lecturer with the Law Society, a course manager with the Law School for applied land law, and Senior Advisor to the Society's eConveyancing Project. She is editor and co-author of Landlord and Tenant Law (OUP, 2014), as well as being co-editor and a co-author of this manual. She is a member of the Law Society Conveyancing Committee and was formerly in practice with Abercorn Solicitors.; Nuala Casey was admitted as a solicitor in 1977 and is a consultant solicitor with Groarke & Partners. She has extensive experience in the area of Probate Practice. She is a consultant, tutor and internal examiner for the Law Society of Ireland's Professional Practice courses, and is a co-author of Wills, Probate and Estates (OUP, 2016) as well as being co-editor and a co-author of this manual.; Sean Brodie has lectured for the Law Society and also for the Irish Tax Institute, and is co-author of Value Added Tax (the Irish Tax Institute, 2008). He is currently a partner with PwC, where he advises on all aspects of VAT. Prior to joining PwC he worked in the office of the Revenue Commissioners.; Deirdre Fox has lectured extensively to Law Society students and professionals, and practises through her own solicitors' firm, Deirdre Fox and Associates. She is a member of the Law Society Conveyancing Committee and is appointed by the Minister for Justice and Equality as the Law Society's representative on the Property Registration Authority.; Rachael Hession is a solicitor, a course manager and lecturer for the Law Society's Professional Practice Courses, a programme manager with Law Society Professional Training, and secretary to the Law Society Taxation Committee. She is co-editor and co-author of Complex Conveyancing (Bloomsbury, 2012) and co-author of Capital Taxation for Solicitors (OUP, 2011).; Barry Magee is a solicitor and has lectured and tutored for the Law Society in conveyancing and landlord and tenant law. He has worked in the State Property Division of the Office of the Chief State Solicitor and the Railway Procurement Agency, and became Chairperson of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal in 2013.; John Murphy is a solicitor and Deputy Registrar in the Property Registration Authority (PRA). He has worked in the Land Registry and Registry of Deeds since 1980 and has broad experience in all aspects of registration of title. He lectures on PRA-related matters for the Law Society and to various Bar Associations.; Anne Stephenson is the principal of Stephenson Solicitors, a specialist practice providing an advisory service for solicitors and financial institutions in the area of wills, trusts, probate, administration of estates and tax planning. She is a co-author of Conveyancing (OUP, 2016) and Capital Taxation for Solicitors (OUP, 2011), and regularly contributes articles to various other publications, including the Law Society Gazette, the Parchment Magazine and the Tax Review.