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CQS 2020 Update: Conveyancing Practice

Course Description


  • 2 hours
  • Intermediate
Can you be caught out by SDLT? How confident are you in advising on flood risk and cladding?By completing this course you’ll have a solid understanding of the basic principles of SDLT and LTT and available reliefs, leasehold property, notices and restrictions, and how to reduce the incidence of requisitions, along with cladding and flood risk, and changes to the TA6.In easy-to-understand 30-minute modules, you’ll cover everything you need to support your CQS re-accreditation.Please complete your CQS 2020 training in the coming weeks as the updated version will be released in November 2021.

Learning outcomes

By taking this course, conveyancers should have a greater understanding of:

  • providing advice to clients on SDLT
  • audit trailing SDLT calculations
  • providing advice to clients on terms of lease
  • managing requisitions
  • providing advice on flood risk and cladding
  • changes to the TA6
  • Accreditation:  Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)
  • SRA Competence:  A2

What this will cover

This course consists of four modules.

  1. 1. Stamp Duty Land Tax and Land Transaction Tax (by Stephen Griffiths)
  2. 2. Leasehold Property (by David Keighley)
  3. 3. Land Registry Notices, Restrictions and Requisitions (by Lorraine Richardson)
  4. 4. Hot Topics (by Anna Newport)

Module 1: Stamp Duty Land Tax and Land Transaction Tax


This module covers the fundamental stamp duty land tax (SDLT) and land transaction tax (LTT) requirements contained in the tax codes. It looks at the types of reliefs available, providing an audit trail for calculations and advice, and other elements of tax administration.

Module 2: Leasehold Property


This module provides a thorough grounding on leasehold property, covering the differences between purchasing a leasehold and a freehold property, ground rent provisions, service charges, the implications of the Housing Act 1988, new builds, and lender requirements.

Module 3: Land Registry Notices, Restrictions and Requisitions


This module looks at notices and restrictions, two important methods of protecting third party interests in property. It also supports conveyancers in avoiding requisitions from HMLR due to incomplete or incorrect information provided in the registration application.

Module 4: Hot Topics


This module supports conveyancers in a number of areas, including the impact of the building regulations amendments in respect of cladding, the EWS1 and its use, flood risk and its impact on clients, lender clients and insurers, and changes to the TA6.

Assessment (complete e-learning to unlock)


The assessment consists of 20 multiple choice questions. In order to pass the assessment you must achieve a mark of 80%. The assessment can only be taken a maximum of three times before the course must be taken again.