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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. […]


Digital Signatures: The Myth and Reality

Professor Stewart Brymer WS, Brymer Legal Limited, Dundee and Edinburgh and the University of Dundee  Introduction At long last we will soon have the long-awaited reform of the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 1979. The Registers of Scotland and the Scottish Law Commission are to be congratulated for undertaking such a much-needed and comprehensive review of […]


What do clients want from the conveyancing process?

Professor Stewart Brymer WS, Brymer Legal Limited, Dundee and Edinburgh and the University of Dundee Introduction Conveyancing has for long been viewed by many as something of a “black art” or secret process carried out only by the “initiate and their acolyte”. That is largely the result of the language and terminology used by conveyancers […]


Joined-Up Land and Property Information: Will the Dream Come True at Last?

Professor Stewart Brymer, Brymer Legal Limited and Iain McKay, Improvement Service   Background There have been a number of recent developments which have the potential to significantly improve the way in which information about Scotland’s Land and Property is managed and made available. A number of inter-related initiatives are being, or are about to be, […]