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CQS 2021 Update: Conveyancing Practice

Course Description


  • 2 hours
  • Intermediate
Can you be caught out by SDLT? Are you aware of the impact of cladding and the risks of seeking to advise clients in this area? Are you confident in advising leasehold clients?

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 fire risk, and how these issues have impacted the conveyancing sector.

In easy-to-understand 30-minute modules, you’ll cover everything you need to support your CQS re-accreditation.

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
  • cladding and other potentially dangerous construction issues
  • 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, Wales (by Stephen Griffiths and Sarah Dwight)
  2. 2. Leasehold Property (by David Keighley)
  3. 3. Land Registry Restrictions and Requisitions (by Lorraine Richardson and David Keighley)
  4. 4. Cladding and Fire Risk (by Anna Newport)

Module 1: Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and Land Transaction Tax (LTT), Wales (30 min)


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 (30 min)


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, marriage value, and lender requirements.

Module 3: Land Registry Restrictions and Requisitions (30 min)


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: Cladding and Fire Risk (30 min)


This module provides a high-level awareness of the issues of cladding and fire risk, and their significance for clients. It covers the impact of recent developments on the conveyancing sector, the key pieces of relevant legislation, and the importance of referring clients to fire safety experts for advice.

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.