Property Law 2019-2020 (12th edition)

Robert Abbey; Mark Richards

Property Law is the perfect companion to guide you through the intricacies of the conveyancing process. Drawing on the authors' considerable experience of legal practice, and suitable for use on courses with either a residential or a commercial conveyancing focus, this book offers lively and accessible explanations of often complex processes. With highly practical guidance on how to approach each stage of a conveyancing transaction in practice, this book is ideal for use as a core text on the Legal Practice Course or as a valuable source of reference where knowledge of the conveyancing process is essential.

Online Resources

This book is also supported by online resources, which include:

- Multiple choice questions - Case study documentation - Guide to completing prescribed clauses in leases - Problem questions and answer guidance - Interactive timelines - Additional chapter: Commonhold - Lists of wider reading and websites for further information - Figures from the book


1 Introduction
2 Important principles of land law
3 An outline of a conveyancing transaction
4 Taking instructions and other initial matters
5 The draft contract
6 Pre-contract searches and enquiries
7 Town and country planning
8 Deducing and investigating title
9 Mortgages
10 Exchange of contracts
11 The purchase deed
12 Pre-completion procedures
13 Completion
14 Post-completion procedures
15 Delays and remedies
16 Leaseholds
17 New properties
18 Commercial conveyancing
19 Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, Pt II
20 Assessment guidance


Robert Abbey is a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and former Professor of Legal Education and Practice at the University of Westminster. He is the former Deputy Adjudicator to HM Land Registry, and former Chief External Examiner in property law and practice for the Solicitor's Regulation Authority.; Mark Richards is a Solicitor and Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster. He has previous experience as a partner in a central London solicitors' firm specializing in all aspects of property law.