Unifi Scotland

A World-Class Digital Land and Property Information Database for Scotland

Conference Date: 10 March 2015, 830am-2pm Venue: National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh Outline of event Should Scotland be aspiring to create a world-leading digital hub that provides information about land and property across the country?  Should we follow the lead of countries like Norway in moving to a one-stop database with all the necessary data and […]

Update on Law Society Smartcard initiative

Briefing note on The Law Society of Scotland Smartcard The Law Society of Scotland is in the process of rolling out a new Smartcard to each of its 11,000+ practising solicitor members. The Smartcard is a professional legal ID recognised across Europe and will allow solicitors to apply digital signatures to a range of legal […]

Another Leap Forward

With new legislation, and new digital ways of working to contend with, how should Scotland’s conveyancers view the future? This was explored at a recent round table organised by the Journal and First Title. Read the full article here. © Greens Property Law Bulletin

E-missives: what now?

Professor Stewart Brymer WS, Brymer Legal Limited, Dundee and Edinburgh and the University of Dundee  The Land Registration Etc. (Scotland) Act 2012 is a major piece of legislation that will impact greatly on the Scots law of property and the practice of conveyancing. It is the final piece of the jigsaw that began with the […]

Shape of the Future

The Society’s working party on the future of conveyancing was set up a year ago, and recently surveyed practitioners’ opinions on priorities for action. What has it achieved to date? The Journal questions the convener. PROPERTY ROSS MacKAY, Convener, Future of Conveyancing Working Party What stage has the working party reached? We have had quite a number of […]

Striking the balance in a residential property transaction

Professor Stewart Brymer WS, Brymer Legal Limited Dundee and Edinburgh and the University of Dundee  Introduction When I started out in practice in 1979, offers for residential property were short and varied in style from firm to firm. Furthermore, the de plano acceptance was still commonly used and, heaven forbid, solicitors regularly concluded bargains without […]

Residential property review takes shape

The Society recently set up a working party to review the whole practice of residential conveyancing. Ross MacKay answers questions put by the Journal on what the review was set up to achieve. What was the motivation for setting up the working party? Basically, it became clear during the debates on separate representation that it is difficult treating that topic in […]

Unique Property Reference Numbers

Professor Stewart Brymer WS, Brymer Legal Limited, Dundee and Edinburgh and the University of Dundee   Introduction At the time of writing this article, the Land Registration (Scotland) Bill has passed its final legislative stage in the Scottish Parliament and will now move to Royal Assent. This is anticipated before Parliament rises on 30 June. […]