​What Happened in 2017?


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

0131 215 1858

For the twenty-seventh 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 2017 it was decided by the courts that, contrary to normal conveyancing practice, an assignation of a standard security must stipulate the amount outstanding as at the date of the assignation. There was significant authority from both the Court of Session and the Sheriff Appeal Court on the interpretation of servitudes. Among the numerous cases about leases were decisions on the constitution of leases, tacit relocation, the grant of a lease by a person who is insolvent, liability for latent defects, waiver of the right to seek rent review, dilapidations, and the distinction between a lease and a licence. The difficult relationship between insolvency and special destinations was explored. Other matters to attract the attention of the courts included missives of sale, rectification of inaccurate boundaries on the Land Register, positive prescription, neighbour wars,

tenements, wayleaves, and statutory notices.

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 2017.

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 2018.

Kenneth Reid is Professor of Scots Law and George Gretton is Lord President Reid Professor of Law Emeritus, both at The University of Edinburgh.​




Kenneth Reid

SEMINAR FEE: £140 plus VAT (£168) per delegate.


Register for this seminar online by selecting the venue you would like to attend below.  You can pay online or choose to pay offline.  If you do not wish to pay online, change the Payment Method in the Payment Section of the Registration Page.  If you choose "Pay by invoice", you will be emailed a VAT invoice attached to your booking confirmation email.

Dates and venue for the 2018 series are as follows:

Inverness | Tues 23 Jan | 18.00 - 20.00

Aberdeen | Wed 24 Jan | 13.00 - 15.00
Dundee | Wed 24 Jan |18.00 - 20.00
Dumfries | Tue 30 Jan | 12.15 - 14.15
Glasgow | Tue 30 Jan | 18.00 - 20.00
Edinburgh | Wed 31 Jan | 18.00 - 20.00
Perth | Tue 6 Feb | 18:00 - 20:00

Book more than four places, for any combination of our seminars and save £30 per registration fee on the 5th and subsequent places booked (first four places will still be charged the full fee). This discount is only applicable to multiple bookings from the same organisation, as part of one booking order. Our booking system cannot apply the discounted rate therefore If you are booking online, please choose "Pay by Invoice" as payment method. We will then apply the discount and email you an amended invoice.

If you do not wish to book online please complete and return the booking form on the reverse of our flyer.

Another excellent seminar – comprehensive,
​engaging, practical and there are jokes as well!”
“Excellent as always.”
“Always my favourite seminar of the year.”

​Feedback from previous seminars  


George Gretton