​What Happened in 2017?



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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.

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 2017, and (ii) through the provision of extensive materials, solicitors should be equipped to undertake such further study of developments in 2017 as they may find necessary or desirable.

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



George Gretton


“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  

Kenneth Reid