How to Protect Yourself when Acting for High Risk Conveyancing Clients

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Course Overview

Conveyancing transactions involving high-risk clients present additional challenges for the property lawyer. During this course, experienced lecturer Stephen Desmond will focus on two key challenges facing property practitioners; How to identify when a client is more likely to pose a risk to you and what steps should you take in order to reduce these risks?

In addition, this course will also consider the following topics:

  • Joint owners: How to address possible future disagreements over selling the property
  • Powers of attorney: Lawyer does not meet donor face-to-face, disposition under forged Power of attorney
  • Sales where registered proprietor is bankrupt: notices and restrictions
  • Bankruptcy entries against borrower and further enquiries that may be made 

What are the requirements?

  • This course provides 1 CPD point

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:

    • Understand what type of clients can pose a higher-risk to you and how to protect yourself accordingly
    • Be familiar with the latest professional guidance on anti-money laundering and mortgage fraud
    • Have considered the latest SRA guidance, disclosure and anti abuse information in respect of SDLT mitigation schemes
    • Feel more confident when advising high-risk clients

What is the target audience?

  • Conveyancing practitioners




About Instructor - Stephen Desmond

Stephen Desmond has been delivering training for over 15 years during which time he has delivered more than 1,800 CPD events to lawyers from a variety of backgrounds. Delegates at these events have included practitioners from a variety of size of firms, ranging from sole practitioners to City Solicitors. 

Stephen is a contributing editor to Butterworths Property Law Service, published by Lexis Nexis, writing on the complex law relating to long and short leases.  He writes for the Solicitors Group on the subject of commercial property. 
He has run a university-accredited distance-learning course for aspiring paralegals in the subject of residential conveyancing.

A former practicing Solicitor with several years post-qualification experience, Stephen has represented many business and private clients, including property investors and local authorities.

Course Curriculum

recorded webinars

  • Webinar


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