Flowcharts have proven very useful to me in learning all the procedural aspects during the GDL and LPC. Making these flowcharts helped me to learn the process by seeing how different procedures fit together.
During the LPC, the Property Law and Practice module is particularly procedure-heavy. It involves a lot of looking through documents and flagging potential property issues.
These flowcharts cover some of the main stages in the conveyancing process and should generally be a good guide when answering problem scenarios.
Feel free to view, download and share the flowcharts below. If there’s anything that you think should be added/improved/changed then feel free let us know!
NB: Some of the references to the SRA outcomes in the flowcharts may now be outdated. You should apply your own course notes in these areas since the codes of conduct are now in use instead.
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Checking the official copies
One of the first steps in the conveyancing process is to go through and check the official copies. This flowchart is structured the way according to the different sections of the official copies. It outlines what you need to look out for and how to deal with certain issues.
(I’ve resized this document to A2 in order to fit all the boxes on single pages. If you decide to print, consider scaling it down to A4 or A4)
Pre-contract searches and enquiries
This is a short summary page of the types of searches and enquiries you should be considering. It is separated into the searches that should be carried out in all transactions, and those which are applicable to certain issues.
This flowchart outlines the steps you need to consider when there are planning permission issues. It also contains a brief section relating to building regulations approval.
Drafting the contract
A property law and practice question on drafting a contract is worth several marks in the exam. It is divided into three main sections:
- The process of drafting, exchange and post-exchange
- Drafting the main body of the contract
- The special conditions on the back pages of the contract
This flowchart includes some of the wording which you can use when drafting special conditions. During the exam, you may be given a contract to amend and draft. This flowchart will help you to spot the common issues which you may need to amend.
This flowchart outlines the following steps:
- The process up to completion and drafting the transfer form
Security of Tenure
Security of tenure in property law and practice falls more under the ‘leases’ section of the course. It is again a very procedural topic and flowcharts are particularly useful here. This flowchart also includes a small section on ‘time’ wording in property law. This will help you to calculate relevant timeframes and deadlines.