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As the residential property market slows and returns on commercial property are threatened by the decline of the High Street, the risk that property owners will look to the professionals who advised them to recoup their losses returns. This talk coincides with the publication by the Law Society of the textbook “Risk and Negligence in Property Transactions” edited by John de Waal QC to which all the speakers have contributed chapters. They will be speaking about some of the most common problems which give rise to claims, and how to avoid them.


Amanda Eilledge - Risks of dealing with an insolvent seller

- Void and voidable transactions and potential defences

- Notice and searches

- Practical considerations

Lina Mattsson – exchange of contracts

- The need for authority: Farrer v Copley Singletons

- Advice prior to exchange: Walker v Boyle

- Complying with formalities: Firstpost Homes v Johnson

-  The period between and exchange and completion

John de Waal QC – conditional contracts, options and overage

- Conditional contracts; satisfactory planning permission – Hargreaves v Lynch

-  Pre-emption agreements: Haider v Law

-  Options: Kitney v MEPC

- Overage: Sparks v Biden; Akasuc v Farmar

Jamal Demachkie – residential leasehold properties

- Expert evidence: Shaw v Leigh Day

- Advising on the transaction: Haigh v Wright Hassall

-  User covenants, the Head Lease and Rent Reviews

- Forfeiture: Shaw v Fraser Southwell

-  Enfranchisement: Wiggins v Regent Wealth

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1.5 hours

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Risk & Negligence in Property Transactions - Webinar

Recording available from 1st February 2019

Recording file in mp4 format with MS Power Point handout. 1.5 hours CPD