Flooding Risk Update

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Course Overview

Flooding poses a major threat to the British property market.

In addition to the physical damage which flooding can cause, if a property is at risk of flooding homeowners may also find it difficult to obtain a mortgage, secure sufficient insurance or sell their property.

While solicitors are unable to advise clients regarding flood risks or interpret technical flood reports, it is essential that solicitors are well informed regarding the issue of flooding and are familiar with the Law Society’s updated Practice Note on Flood Risk, published on 18th December 2014.

Delivered by experienced lecturer Stephen Desmond, this course will consider the implications of the Practice Note and, in particular, the extent to which it clarifies the duties of a conveyancer acting for buyer or lender to investigate the risk of flooding from a variety of sources.

What are the requirements?

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of the course you will:

    • Understand the extent of the conveyancer’s duties of care
    • Be familiar with the different types of flood risk and flood searches
    • Be familiar with the enquiries to be raised and surveys that could be carried out
    • Have considered the enquiries that can be made in the light of an adverse flood report
    • Recognise the questions in the current form TA6 on flooding and risks of seller misrepresentation
    • Have considered the availability of buildings insurance in the light of Flood Re
    • Be aware of the implications of Flood Re for new-build, leasehold and high-value properties

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

  • Part 1
  • Part 2


  • Notes
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