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the practice (some would say art) of transferring ownership in property. In some cases the law takes care of the transfer - this is so in many everyday transactions for the sale of goods where the property is transferred according to the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (as amended) if the parties have not sought to regulate matters for themselves. In many other cases difficult issues usually involve the writing of some instrument. Thus, some incorporeal moveables have to be transferred by assignation, and real or heritable property may often have to be conveyed by a formal written document, usually one recorded in a register.

In England and Scotland the conveyancing of land is largely the domain of solicitors, although often members of the Bar specialize in resolving problems that are contractual or relate to land law. In both jurisdictions there are practices that grow up to facilitate what is often, but not always, a piece of non-contentious business - it is this practical part of the business that conveyancers consider their art.

In England there is a body of people who are licensed conveyancers but not solicitors or barristers. The same system exists in Scotland, but no sub-solicitor conveyancing profession has yet emerged as a market force, so conveyancing is still done at the time of writing by solicitors, indeed the body set up to regulate non-solicitor conveyancers has been dissolved and taken over by the Law Society of Scotland.

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He stressed that the analyses they made with investors showed that the possibility of buying land in Macedonia had had no effect on their decision to invest.
Syria and Morocco have been buying land in West Jerusalem, according to a report in the pan-Arab daily ASHARQ AL AWSAT on Tuesday.
Energy giant EDF is buying land around the existing Wylfa power station on Anglesey Picture: Gerallt Radcliffe
Conditions that are placed on purchases can be easy to change, and many of the organizations that are buying land are small and not particularly stable.
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As a punitive action the federal government placed a legal caution on the property" preventing Lemex from buying land to build a hangar.
He also began buying land, hoping to leave each son a "country seat.
In turn, Gore says, the environmental community would be better off focussing on buying land, establishing conservation easements and bending the ear of the county commissioners who can control growth.
Lucia is preparing legislation on ownership of land which could block foreigners from buying land at will, reports CANA (February 14, 1999).