University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, UK

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Kenneth Reid

SEMINAR FEE: ​£140 + VAT per delegate.


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Series Finished  - dates in 2016 were:

Inverness | Tues 26 Jan | 18.00 - 20.00

Aberdeen | Wed 27 Jan | 13.00 - 15.00

Dundee | Wed 27 Jan |18.00 - 20.00

Dumfries | Tue 2 Feb | 12.15 - 14.15

Glasgow | Tue 2 Feb | 18.00 - 20.00

Edinburgh | Wed 3 Feb | 18.00 - 20.00

Perth | Tue 9 Feb | 18:00 - 20:00

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George Gretton

Our Conveyancing series for 2016 is now finished. Details of the seminar appear below.  If you missed it and would like to buy the accompanying materials please email us at

For the twenty-fifth successive year, Professor Kenneth Reid and Professor George Gretton will be giving a comprehensive and indispensable review of the cases and statutory developments during the past 12 months which affect conveyancing law and practice.

In 2015, the Inner House gave important guidance as to when a title is, and is not, sufficient for the purposes of positive prescription. Interpretation of the Combined Standard Clauses, and withdrawal from contracts, were among the issues before the courts in respect of missives. The Inner House considered the pre-action requirements now needed for the calling up of standard securities. The topics covered in the many decisions on leases included irritancy, dilapidations, rent review, the effect of a tenant company being struck off, the withholding of consent to an assignation, and whether a tenant had the right to demolish the lease subjects and re-build. A number of further cases concerned tenancy deposit schemes. Other matters to attract the attention of the courts included options, servitudes, the variation and discharge of real burdens, land registration, encroachment, and the enforcement of common charges by a factor. Among the legislative developments were the Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Act 2015, which introduced execution of documents in counterpart, and the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. A new Land Reform Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

These and other developments in the law will be discussed and evaluated during the seminar. There will be an opportunity for questions. A substantial set of materials will give the full text of the talks, and will also list and summarise all cases and statutory material from 2015. As in previous years, each delegate will receive a copy of the revised materials when published in book form by Avizandum Publishing Ltd in spring 2016.

Kenneth Reid is Professor of Scots Law and George Gretton is Lord President Reid Professor of Law, both at The University of Edinburgh.Kenneth Reid is Professor of Scots Law and George Gretton is Lord President Reid Professor of Law, both at The University of Edinburgh. The seminar will be chaired by Alan Barr, Honorary Fellow at The University of Edinburgh and a partner at Brodies LLP.

Learning Outcomes and Objectives

The learning outcomes and objectives are that (i) by the end of the seminar, participants should have a sound knowledge and understanding of all major developments in the law of conveyancing which occurred in 2015, and (ii) through the provision of extensive materials, solicitors should be equipped to undertake such further study of developments in 2015 as they may find necessary or desirable.

Conveyancing: What Happened in 2015? A Silver Anniversary Event

Series Finished