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Course Property Development: Practical Problems


If you act for land and property developers, you will know that your work involves much more than the standard conveyancing procedures. This course is a practical workshop on the tips and traps of property development, enabling you to tackle your legal work more efficiently.

Whether you are a solicitor or other practitioner acting for developers, this course is designed for you. You will particularly consider the common but vital non-title issues you need to master to do your work successfully.

Our well known and respected property expert, Hannah Mackinlay, will take you through the key practical problems of acting for developers that you are likely to come across in practice. You will benefit from practical examples, exercises and puzzles to solve, enabling you to deal with these matters with much greater confidence.

Key learning outcomes

  • Understand how to identify the extent and nature of boundaries, easements and third-party rights
  • Understand the importance of site plans and surveys
  • Know how to deal with common environmental and planning issues

What does this course cover?

This workshop covers the practical problems that arise in acting for property developers, and how best to approach them, including:

  • The big picture: communication and reporting issues
  • Let’s get physical: what’s on the ground? Unexpected Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) consequences
  • Plans, site surveys and gaps: identifying and determining the boundaries of each piece of land, presumptions affecting boundaries, ‘ransom strips, claiming adverse possession, claims by third parties, and third-party rights
  • Searches: reading between the lines
  • Environmental issues beyond a mere ‘search’
  • Planning points from the SDLT perspective
  • Planning issues: section 106, Community Infrastructure Levy issues, conditions, and open spaces
  • Highway or private rights of access, vision splays, and related issues
  • Rights of way and services, section 62 Law of Property Act 1925 and easements: identifying whether there are any prescriptive or express easements, and which piece of land has the benefit; enlargement of easements and invoking statutory powers
  • Other constraints: Tree Protection Orders (TPOs), restrictive covenants, rights of light, flora and fauna

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6 hours


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Excellent presentation and practically helpful

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