Misrepresentation and forgery; solicitors liability to lenders and the Land Registry


Residential Transactions are a known fraud risk and Solicitors are considered to be the “gatekeepers”. When a transaction goes wrong and a fraud is uncovered liability could arise not only to clients but also to lenders and in some circumstances the Land Registry. This session will look at this in the light of  changes already imposed by case law, the Land Registry and proposed new legislation.

Learning Objectives

After this session viewers should have an understanding of the practical impact relating to representations & liability:

  • On solicitors toward Lenders
  • On solicitors toward The Land Registry
  • On the Land Registry toward the public
  • Surrounding proposed changes to the Law



David Keighley was admitted as a solicitor in 1982. Until his retirement from full time practice in September 2016 David was a partner in and Head of Residential property at Herrington Carmichael a Legal 500 Practice. Having done so part time whilst in practice, he now uses his extensive experience to offer practical guidance in lectures at property law conferences, seminars, webinars, training courses and related events. The feedback received from delegates attending his lectures courses has been exceptional including the comment “The best speaker I have ever heard”. He is a contributing author for the Law Society Conveyancing Handbook, was the co-author of an online training course for the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), and has written for publications including the Law Society’s Property in Practice Magazine and the Solicitors Journal.

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