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11. Conveyancing Half-day Conference
Wednesday 08 June 2016
09:30am - 01:00pm
Ross MacKay, Donald Reid, Prof. Robert Rennie, Prof. Kenneth Ross and Ann Stewart
Seminar Details:

6th Annual Conveyancing Conference

Sponsored by - Stewart Title


Conference Topics:

  • Styles, Standardisation and relentless legislative change - Ann Stewart


  • Common Property - Problems and Possible Solutions - Prof. Kenneth Ross

The PMP case and the Lundin Homes case have illustrated that there are problems with the way in which Scots Law has in the past conveyed Common Property. This talk will consider the problems which have arisen and suggest some possible solutions for the way forward.


  • Professional Negligence in Conveyancing - Donald Reid and Prof. Robert Rennie

Two of the experts in the field will examine issues in professional negligence in conveyancing, focusing on
• The Standard of Care: Hunter v Hanley
• Exercise of Professional Judgement
• The Role of the Expert Witness
• Illustrative Scenarios and Examples
• Some Comment on Comparing IPS with Negligence


  • The "Standard" Transaction (and Other Mythical Creatures) - Ross MacKay

This talk will provide a quick review of contents of what could be termed a "standard" transaction looking at areas that need covered and raising some issues for discussion and consideration.



Conference Speakers:

Ross MacKay (HBJ Gateley)

Ross MacKay is a Partner in HBJ Gateley, Ross is a long experienced solicitor with over 35 years' in practice. He is currently Convenor of the Law Society of Scotland Property Law Committee and also Chair of the Edinburgh Conveyancers Forum (and has been for the past 10 years). He has been on the Council and Board of the Law Society and chaired or been a member of numerous working parties for them. Ross is the principal author of the Scottish Standard Clauses – these are the technical conditions for sale and purchase of residential properties now used by the vast majority of solicitors throughout the country.

Donald Reid (Mitchells Roberton)

Donald Reid has been a Partner in Mitchells Roberton since 1978 and the firm's Chairman since 1997. He is a specialist in property law dealing mainly in commercial transactions, security work and property related company matters. He is listed in the Law Society of Scotland’s approved Directory of Expert Witnesses relative to professional negligence claims.Donald gives evidence in court on instruction of both Pursuers and Defenders. He is also consulted regularly to give formal and informal Opinions in his field of expertise.

Prof. Robert Rennie (Harper MacLeod LLP)

Professor Rennie is a partner in Harper MacLeod LLP and has had extensive experience in relation to all forms of property law work but has also vast experience in professional negligence as it affects legal practice. In 1993 he took up the prestigious part-time post of Professor of Conveyancing at the University of Glasgow and remains an Emeritus Professor. In addition to maintaining a busy legal practice, he has been a prolific author of articles and textbooks on property law and negligence matters. He provides opinions to other members of the legal profession in relation to conveyancing, property law and negligence matters and is regularly called upon to act as an expert witness in court. Professor Rennie has been at the forefront of many of the most recent far reaching reforms of property law introduced by the Scottish Parliament being a member of the Scottish Law Commission Working Parties on the Abolition of the Feudal System, Title Conditions, Tenements and Leasehold Tenure. He is the General Editor of Green's Conveyancing Legislation. He has also been a member of the Law Society of Scotland's Conveyancing Committee for over fifteen years. Robert was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 by the Law Awards of Scotland.

Prof. Kenneth Ross (Brodies LLP)

Professor Kenneth Ross is a Consultant with Brodies LLP in their Glasgow office.  He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow and a frequent speaker at legal conferences.

Ann Stewart (Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP)

Ann is a Property and Professional Development Adviser, and a senior professional support lawyer specialising in all aspects of commercial property. Coming from a background of over 20 years' transactional experience, she provides a comprehensive support service to the firm's Scottish commercial property lawyers. Ann's Knowledge Management role includes advising on, devising and implementing strategy for the management, development and delivery of knowledge and information in the firm and supporting learning and development. Ann is a founder member of the award-winning Property Standardisation Group, co-author of the recently published 7th ed. of Conveyancing Practice in Scotland.


Booking fee: members £100; non-members £150; trainee/paralegal from member firm £30; trainee/paralegal from non-member firm £50

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