£150 plus VAT (£180) per delegate. Discounts apply if booking more than 4 places, see below.

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Inverness | Mon 20 Jan | 18.00 - 20.00

Aberdeen | Tues 21 Jan | 13.00 - 15.00

Dundee | Tues 21 Jan | 18.00 - 20.00

Dumfries | Tues 28 Jan | 12.30 - 14.30
Glasgow | Tue 28 Jan | 18.00 - 20.00
Edinburgh | Wed 29 Jan  | 18.00 - 20.00
Perth | Mon 3 Feb | 18.00 - 20.00

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

0131 215 1858


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 2019, and (ii) through the provision of extensive materials, solicitors should be equipped to undertake such further study of developments in 2019 as they may find necessary or desirable.

​What Happened in 2019?

George Gretton


​​​"Absolutely excellent as always. Highlight of
my professional year!”

​"As ever the Conveyancing review seminar is enlightening and entertaining. First class."

“Excellent – engaging, informative and funny."
​                            Feedback from 2019  


Kenneth Reid

For the twenty-ninth 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. Chaired by Alan Barr, Partner, Brodies LLP/University of Edinburgh.

In 2019 the Lands Tribunal provided welcome guidance as to the meaning and scope of s 53 of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (on third-party enforcement of real burdens), while the Scottish Law Commission published draft legislation which would replace s 53 with a provision which is much more user-friendly. Among the issues litigated on servitudes were the minimum standard of clarity in the drafting of a servitude, and whether a servitude of way includes, as an ancillary right, the right to use verges and passing places. Leases were, as usual, well-represented, with cases covering topics such as rent review, tenants’ repairing obligations, assignation, and the validity of a notice to vacate following a CVA. There was helpful authority on the effect of feudal abolition on rights of pre-emption. The courts returned to the question of whether an A-to-A disposition can found positive prescription, and there was further authority on the amount of possession needed for prescription to run. Two Outer House decisions on missives considered the buyer’s right to rescind for alleged material breach of contract. Other matters to attract the attention of the courts included tenements, wayleaves, variation and discharge of title conditions, land registration, standard securities, and the liability of searchers for failing to pick up an inhibition.

All 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 2019. As in previous years, each delegate will receive a copy of the revised materials when published in book form in the spring of 2020.


Kenneth Reid is Professor Emeritus of Scots Law, The University of Edinburgh

George Gretton is Lord President Reid Professor of Law Emeritus, The University of Edinburgh.​