Conveyancing

Academics

CONVEYANCING AND DRAFTING SYLLABUS
2016/2017
THE COURSE IS DIVIDED INTO THE FOLLOWING THREE AREAS:
1. Substantive Law
2. Conveyancing Theory
3. Practical Drafting
The ultimate goal of the course is to equip students with adequate knowledge of the substantive land law in Ghana. A thorough understanding of this is necessary in order to help the student excel in practical drafting.
The course is designed to help students undertake d rafting assignments successfully. Among other things the course will help students to the following:
I. Approach drafting tasks with confidence;
II. Organize and complete drafting tasks efficiently;
III. Work skillfully with conceptually complex materials;
IV. Choose language strategically;
V. Write clearly, concisely, and without inadvertent ambiguity;
VI. Draft documents with readable structure and style;
VII. Attendance and participation are required. Participation consists of more than mere attendance. Students must show that they have prepared by reading and thinking about assigned materials;
VIII. Students must show that they understand or are making an effort to understand the concepts and principles discussed.
Substantive law and drafting

1. Interests in land-
Allodial tittle;
Freehold

Interests less than the freehold;
a. Leases
b. Sub leases
c. Deed of assignments
d. Tenancies
e. Licenses
f. Easements and profits
g. Restrictive covenants

2. Due diligence of title antecedents
a. Requisitions on title;
b. Searches and enquiries

3. Contract for the sale of land:
Statutory requirements of contract;
Open contracts;
Advantages and disadvantages of open contract;
Formal contract;
Particulars of sale;
Conditions of sale;

4. Effect of contract of sale pending completion:
Position of the vender;
Position of the purchaser;
Death of either party;
Vendor’s and purchaser’s liens
5. Remedies for breach of contract.
a. Damages;
b. Specific Performance;
c. Rescission

6. Completion:
a. What constitutes completion on the part of the vendor and on the part of the purchaser;
b. Post completion matters.

7. Stamping and registration of conveyances:
Necessity for stamping and effect of failure to stamp;
Registration under Land Registry Act, 1962 (Act 122);
Registration under Land Title Registration Law, 1986 (P.N.D.C.L. 152)

8. a. statutory Declaration
c. powers of Attorney
d. co-ownership

9. Mortgage:
a. Preliminary enquiries;
b. Form of mortgage instrument;
c. Form of a transfer of a mortgage;
d. Form of a discharge of a mortgage;
e. Synopsis of the Mortgage Act, 1972 (NRCD 96).

10. Wills
a. Form of a will;
b. Form of a Vesting Assent
c. Form of a Codicil;
d. The will in practice including probate and administration.
11. Adverse possession

REFERENCE BOOKS, STATUTES AND ARTICLES
12. Books:
a. Aidoo E.S. Conveyancing and Drafting-the Law and Practice in Ghana;
b. Crabbe S.A. Law of Wills in Ghana (1998);
c. Da Rocha and Lodoh: Ghana Land Law and Conveyancing, 2nd Edition (a must for every student);
d. Da Rocha and Lodoh: Practical Draftsman (a must for every student);
e. Evans and Smith, ‘’The Law of Landlord & Tenant’’; (6th ed). Butterworths (2003);
f. Kelly’s Draftsman, 18th edition (2003);
g. Kludze A.K.P. Ghana Law of Landlord and Tennant (1993);
h. Opoku –akyeampong D.K.; The Acquisition, sale and Rental of Property in Ghana;
i. Opoku-akyeampong D.K.; The Acquisition, Sale and Rental of Property in Ghana-Casebook;
j. Woodman G.R.; Customary Land Law in the Ghanaian Courts (1996).

13. Statutes:
1. 1992 Constitution of the republic of Ghana;
2. Administration of Estates Act, 1961 (Act 63);
3. Administration of Estates (amendment ) Law, 1985 (PNDCL 113);
4. Administration of Lands Act, 1962 (123);
5. Administration of Lands (Amendment) Decree, 1979 (AFRCD 61)
6. Bills of Exchange Act, 1961 (Act 55);
7. Borrowers and Lenders Act, 2008 (Act 773);
8. Conveyancing Act, 1973 (NRCD 175);
9. Farm Lands (Protection) Act 107);
10. Land Development (Protection of Purchasers) Act, 1962 (Act 2);
11. Land Registry Act, 1962 (Act 122);
12. Land Title Registration Law, 1986 (PNDCL 152);
13. Land Commission Act, 2008 (Act 767);
14. Lands (Statutory Wayleaves) Act, 1963 (Act 186);
15. Limitations Act,, 1972 (NRCD 54);
16. Mortgages Act, 1972 (NRCCD 96)
17. Mortgages (amendment) Act, 1979 (AFRCD 37);
18. Powers of Attorney Act, 1998 (Act549);
19. Rent Act, 1963 (Act 220);
20. Stamp Duty Act, 2005 (Act 689);
21. States Lands Act, 1962 (Act 125);
22. State Lands (Amendment) Act, 1968 (NLCD 234);
23. State Lands (Amendment) Act, 2000 (Act 586)
24. Statutory Declarations Act, 1971 (Act 389);
25. Volta River Development Act, 1961 (Act 46);
26. Wills Act, 1971 (Act 360);
27. Home Mortgage Finance Act, 1993 (P.N.D.C.L 329)
28. National pensions Act, 2008 (Act 766)

SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION
Land Registry Act, (Commencement) Instrument 1965 (L.I. 1450)
Land Title Regulations, 1986 (L.I. 134)
Probate and Administration Rules, 1991 (L.I.1515)
14. Articles
Acquaye E., Administration and Development of Stool Land in Ghana [1969]GRL Vol No. 3 174-182
Acquaye E., Administration and Development of Stool Land in Ghana [1970] GLR Vol II No. 1, 22-29
Agbsu L.K, Registrable Transactions: Boateng v Dwinfour [1980] Vol XII RGL 166-175
Agbosu L.K, Individualization of Interests Under the Customary Land Law of Ghana [1981-82] Vol XIII &XIV RGL 35-50
Agbosu L.K., The Consequence of Land Registration [1983-86] Vol XV RGL 226-238
Aidoo E.S., Land Title Registration Law : An Introduction [1983-86] Vol XVRGL 112-128
Ampofo K.K.K., Testamentary Freedom and Support for Developments[1990-92] Vol. XVIII U.G.L.J. 138-179; 180-193
Ansah S. Baeta & K.A. Boateng , Commentary on Mortgage Financing and Foreclosure in Ghana (2004) 1 BFL JG 88
Asante-Ansong S., Executive Control of Land Use [1978] Vol X Nos. 2&3 RGL 152-168 Asante –Ansong S.Title Registration in Ghana [1981-82] Vol. XIII &XIV RGL 51-72
Asante –Ansong S., Compulsory Land Purchase and Compensation [1976] Vol. VII No. 1 RGL 28- 38
Bimpong –Buta S.Y., Burden of Proof in Land Suits [1989-90] Vol XVII RGL 349-359
Josiah –Aryeh N.A., Emergence of a Statutory Concept of Land Law in Ghana [2008-2010] Vol. XXIV 1
Kludze A.K.P., Modern Ghanaian Law of Mortgage [1974] Vol. XI No. 1 U.G.L.J. 1-19
Kom E.D. Nature of a Member’s Interest in Family Land [1966] Vol III No. 2 U.G.L.J. 122-138
Kom E.D. Limitation of Action to Recover Land [1968] Vol V No. 1 U.G.L.J. 13-75
Kom E.D. Declaration of Title to Land [1969 Vol. VI No.1 U.G.L.J. 18-39
Kom E.D. Defences to an Action for Declaration of Title to Land [183-86] Vol XV RGL 152-169
Kotey N.A.E. Rights and Obligations of Residential Landlords and Tenants [1986-90] Vol XVII U.G.L.J 100-159
Kotey N.A.E. The Termination of Leases [1990-92] Vol XVIII U.G.L.J. 30-48
Lodoh C.H.K. A Case for the Formmal Approach to Land Acquisition in Ghana, 1 GSLJ [2002] 56
Lodoh C.H.K., The Mortgage Agreement and the Mutuality Principle, 1 GSL J [2002] 76
Nii-Aponsah D.A., The scope of the Right of Testation and Incidennts of the Ga Six-Cloth Marriage [1993-95] 19 RGL 140
Ofori- Boateng J.,The Nature of a Lease at Common Law and Under the Rent Act, 1963 (Act 220) [1971] VOL III No. 3 RGL 194-208
Owusu S. Founding Specific Performance on Licence, Unjust Enrichment and Estoppel [1981-82] Vol XIII &XIV RGL 135-166
Tsikata F.S., The Wills Act, 1970 (Act 360) [1972] Vol. IV No. 1 RGL 5-21
Woodman G.R., The Formalities and Incidents of Conveyances in Ghana [1967] Vol IV U.G.L.J. 1-27
Woodman G.R. The Allodial Title to Land [1968 ] Vol V No 2 U.G.L.J. 79-114
Woodman G.R., Giving Teeth to the Land Registry Act, [1972] Vol IV No. 3 RGL 231-241
Woodman G.R., Registration of Instruments affecting land [1975] Vol. VII No. 1 RGL 46-61
Woodman G.R., Land Registry Act Bites (Somewhat) [1979] Vol XI Nos 1-3 RGL 31-39
Woodman G.R., Land Use Policy and the Extent of the Usufruct [1981-82] Vol XIII & XIV RGL 200-204
Woodman G.R. Land Registry Act: New Issues for Old [1989-90] Vol XVIII RGL 301-317
Woodman G.R., La Stool Land Dispute [1989-90] Vol. XVII RGL 338-348

October 6, 2016

Note:
I. Banking and Financial Law Journal of Ghana – BFLJG
II. Ghana school of law Journal- GSLJ
III. Review of Ghana Law – RGL
IV. University of Ghana Journal- UGLJ