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THE CONVEYANCERS’ YEARBOOK 2008
By Russell Hewitson
Shaw & Sons Limited
ISBN 978 0 7219 1760 3
“HEWITSON” REMAINS THE ULTIMATE BUSY PROPERTY PRACTITIONER’S BIBLE FOR 2008
An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers
Sunderland solicitor, Russell Hewitson, maintains and consolidates the outstanding standard of land law detail he has set with the 2008 edition of the Conveyancers’ Yearbook - it lives up to all this year’s expectations for practitioners in the busy property world of law.
The 2008 edition, like its predecessors in title, gives an up-to-date and accessible ready reference guide to some of the most important changes in the law and practice of conveyancing.
Since the 2007 edition, we have seen the introduction of the dreaded Home Information Packs (HIPs) so the 2008 edition now includes a dedicated section, and Hewitson has also introduced a new part covering the energy performance requirements to reflect current concerns over the local and global environment.
There are now seven parts to the yearbook starting with recent cases and recent legislation, and then a detailed look at other recent changes which have taken place.
We then have the new Part D on HIPs, followed by a statement on the Finance Act 2007 and the pre-budget report of 2007 with useful detail on stamp duty land tax (SDLT). Much of this area will be receiving substantial publicity during 2008 as the economy worsens and the credit crunch bites harder.
concludes this edition with detail on an emerging overview of energy performance of buildings which will probably expand next year as will the reference section. The author rightly says that “websites are notorious for changing their addresses without notice” (tell us about it!) so he has tried his best, but just remember to google.
As in previous years, the 2008 book describes recent relevant case law, giving a summary of the facts, the court’s decision, and a commentary on the practical implications of what has been decided. Of prime importance for the legal practitioner are the sections which cover statutes and statutory instruments.
The detail contained in the 2008 yearbook also sets out relevant current books and articles published for use this year and, to keep up with the demands of continuous professional development, a summary of legal and practical changes which are expected to occur during the next twelve months under recent developments.
Probably the most useful purpose of Hewitson’s reference guide is reflected by the full information given on modern law and practice without having constantly to read specialist periodicals for information of relevance. In other words, it remains an easy, accessible yearbook which points the practitioner in the right direction for the intense detail contained in the heavyweight periodicals. We should say that, whilst the book remains slim and fits into the pocket, it is still by no means lightweight in its content!
Also, the book is not intended to be comprehensive, or a textbook substitute. Its prime aim is to provide a quick-reference guide to the main and important changes in conveyancing giving addresses of useful main websites as they emerge, and details of current Land Registry publications and offices at the back. The law is stated as at 1st March 2008.
“Hewitson’s Yearbook” is clearly a publication which any conveyancer should have in their office library for ready and regular use: it’s a simple yearbook which deals with the intricacies of conveyancing in a straightforward and formidable manner, and it remains very current du