SQE2 - Property Practice Outline


SQE2 - Proprety Practice Outline

Are you overwhelmed by the masses of information you are expected to know?

Are you short on time to make notes?

Do you just want a summary of the functioning legal knowledge that you need to know?

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Functioning Legal Knowledge for SQE2 - Property Practice

contains summaries in bullet-point format of:

All topics listed by the SRA in the FLK for Property Practice

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Why SQE2 Outlines?

Have a quick reference to revise from

Created by someone who passed the SQE2 first time

Value for money & affordable

What does the SQE2 Property Practice Outline cover?

The SQE2 Property Practice Outline contains the entire functioning knowledge specified by the SRA in relation to Land Law and Property Practice for the SQE2:

Core knowledge areas of freehold real estate law and practice

Investigation of a registered and unregistered freehold title:

  • key elements and structure of freehold property transactions
  • process of analysing Land Registry official copy entries
  • process of analysing an epitome of title and deducing ownership
  • issues that could arise from an investigation of title and further action required
  • purpose and process of reporting to the client.

Pre-contract searches and enquiries:

  • range and purpose of making searches and raising enquiries
  • who would make the searches and raise enquiries
  • results of searches and enquiries.

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  • sources of finance for a property transaction
  • types of mortgage.

Acting for a lender:

  • lender’s requirements
  • purpose of a certificate of title.

Preparation for and exchange of contracts:

  • key conditions contained in the:
    • Standard Conditions of Sale
    • Standard Commercial Property Conditions.
  • purpose of, and matters covered by, special conditions
  • methods of holding a deposit:
    • stakeholder
    • agent.
  • insurance and risk
  • basics of VAT in a contract
  • timing for issuing certificate of title to a lender
  • the practice, method and authority to exchange
  • consequences of exchange.


  • form of transfer deed and formalities for execution
  • pre-completion searches
  • pre-completion steps.

Completion and post-completion:

  • methods and effect of completion
  • post-completion steps.

Remedies for delayed completion:

  • common law damages
  • contractual compensation
  • notice to complete
  • rescission.

Core knowledge areas of leasehold real estate law and practice

Structure and content of a lease:

  • repair
  • insurance
  • alterations
  • user and planning
  • rent and rent review
  • alienation
  • options for the term of a lease
  • Code for Leasing Business Premises.

Procedural steps for the grant of a lease or underlease:

  • drafting the lease
  • purpose of an agreement for lease
  • deduction of title
  • pre-contract enquiries and searches
  • pre-completion formalities
  • completion and post-completion steps.

Procedural steps for the assignment of a lease:

  • deduction of title
  • pre-contract enquiries and searches
  • landlord’s consent
  • deed of assignment and covenants for title
  • pre-completion formalities
  • authorised guarantee agreement
  • completion and post-completion steps.

Licence to assign and licence to underlet:

  • purpose of and who prepares the draft
  • privity of contract and how the licence deals with this
  • key provisions in the licence.

Leasehold covenants:

  • liability on covenants in leases –
    • leases granted before 1 January 1996
    • leases granted on or after 1 January 1996.

Remedies for breach of a leasehold covenant:

  • action in debt
  • forfeiture
  • Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery
  • pursue guarantors and/or rent deposit
  • specific performance
  • damages
  • self-help/Jervis v Harris clause.

Termination of a lease:

  • effluxion of time
  • notice to quit
  • surrender
  • merger.

Security of tenure under a business lease:

  • Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (Part II) –
    • application of 1954 Act
    • renewal lease by the tenant
    • termination by the landlord
    • landlord’s grounds of opposition
    • terms of new lease
    • availability of compensation.

Core principles of planning law

Statutory definition of “Development”

Matters that do not constitute “Development”

Matters that do not require express planning permission

Building regulation control

Enforcement: time limits and the range of local planning authority’s enforcement powers.

Taxation – property

Stamp Duty Land Tax and Land Transaction Tax:

  • basis of charge in both England and Wales for:
    • residential property
    • non-residential freehold property.

Value Added Tax:

  • basis of charge:
    • what constitutes a taxable supply
    • differences between standard, exempt and zero-rated supplies
  • reasons why a client would make an option to tax and the effect that has.

Capital Gains Tax:

  • basis of charge
  • principal private dwelling-house exemption.

Core principles of land law

Nature of Land:

  • distinction between real property and personal property
  • how to acquire and transfer legal and equitable estates
  • how to acquire and dispose of legal and equitable interests in land
  • methods to protect and enforce third party interests
  • different ways in which land can be held
  • legal formalities required to create and transfer interests and estates in land.

Title to Land:

  • registration of title to land:
    • estates that can be substantively registered
    • how to protect interests
    • interests that override registration and interests that need to be protected on the register.
  • core principles of unregistered title to land:
    • role of title deeds
    • Land Charges
  • continuing role of doctrine of notice.

Co-ownership and Trusts:

  • differences between joint tenants and tenants in common in law and in equity
  • rule of survivorship
  • severance of joint tenancies
  • solving disagreements between co-owners by reference to sections 14 and 15 of Trusts of Land & Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

Proprietary Rights:

  • essential characteristics of easements
  • methods for creation of easements
  • rules for the passing of the benefit and burden of freehold covenants
  • mortgages, including enforceability of terms, priority of mortgages, lender’s powers and duties, and protection of mortgagors and other third parties with an interest in the land.


  • relationship between landlord and tenant in a lease
  • essential characteristics of a lease including the difference between a lease and a licence
  • privity of contract and privity of estate
  • rules for the passing of the benefit and burden of leasehold covenants and enforceability
  • purpose and effect of an alienation covenant
  • remedies for breach of leasehold covenants (including forfeiture)
  • different ways a lease can be terminated.

What is the SQE2?

The SQE2 exam is the second of two "super" exams required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in order to qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales.

The SQE2 exam contains the following assessments:

  • Written Part
    • Day 1 - Dispute Resolution and Criminal Procedure
    • Day 2 - Property and Wills
    • Day 3 - Business Law
  • Oral Part
    • Day 1 - Dispute Resolution and Property
    • Day 2 - Criminal Procedure and Wills

Each day of the written part includes:

  • Case & Matter Analysis (60min)
  • Legal Writing (30min)
  • Legal Research (60min)
  • Legal Drafting (45min)

Each day of the oral part includes:

  • Advocacy (45min prep and 15min presentation)
  • Client Interviewing (10min prep, 25min interviewing, and 25min writing an attendance note by hand)

Who will teach me?

madeleine weber

Hi there

My name is Madeleine Weber!

I have been working as a legal professional for half a decade, predominantly in the IT industry as an in-house counsel in the UK.

I qualified as a solicitor via the transitional arrangements by sitting the QLTS MCT and the SQE2.

I passed the first ever SQE2 exam on my first attempt in 2022.

Whilst preparing for the exam, I really wished I had concise revision notes to revise from. I didn't have much time to make revision notes, and the notes I purchased from the prep course providers were incredibly lengthy.

That is what inspired me to write out concise and easy to follow notes based on the Functioning Legal Knowledge required by the SRA.




What else do I need to pass the SQE2?

This is a very subjective question and will depend on your background and education. 

I personally would recommend to purchase a SQE2 preparation course, as this will provide you with all the tools to have the best chance to pass on your first attempt. 

My SQE2 outlines should be relied on as supplementary revision aides. 

How long will I have access to the material?

You will have access for 1 year from the date of purchase. 

What exactly is contained in the outline?

A summary of all the topics listed by the SRA in relation to land law and property practice that may be tested on the SQE2. 

Will I be able to access the material offline as well?

All materials are downloadable and usable offline.

The course is provided via Teachable. All materials will be available on all your devices either via a web browser or via the Teachable app. 

What is your refund policy?

If you are unhappy about any aspect of the course, do let me know and I will do my best to sort the issue out for you.

Otherwise, there is no refund policy for this item.