Property—new starter guide

The following Property practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Property—new starter guide
  • Topics covered
  • What do property lawyers do?
  • Introduction
  • Nature of property transactions
  • Property and compliance
  • Property in Wales
  • Land ownership
  • Legal estates and legal interests in land
  • Equitable interests in land
  • More...

Property—new starter guide

This is an introductory guide to non-contentious property law and practice. It is aimed at trainees and others who are new to the Property practice area.

The guide focuses on the basic principles which apply to property law and practice. It includes numerous links to other Lexis®PSL materials which provide more comprehensive information on the topics covered. Those who are new to property law are likely also to find the Overviews in each of the topics in Property useful. Where something is not covered by this basic guide, return to the Property homepage to browse further content, or use LexisAsk to ask the team a question.

For those involved in property disputes work, see also Property Disputes—new starter guide.

Topics covered

  1. What do property lawyers do?

  2. Land ownership

  3. Land registration and HM Land Registry

  4. Transferring land—residential and commercial conveyancing

  5. Mortgages and legal charges

  6. Leases, licences and the nature of occupation

  7. Commercial leases

  8. Commercial leases and the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

  9. Residential leases

  10. Agricultural leases

  11. Documents supplemental to leases

  12. Planning and environment

  13. Property taxes

  14. Common new starter tasks and quick links

What do property lawyers do?


Property lawyers advise on the non-contentious aspects of the acquisition, disposal and ownership of land. This can involve drafting and negotiating sale and purchase contracts, transfers and leases as well as investigating and advising on the rights and obligations which can

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