The Scottish Standard Clauses are designed to represent a Scotland-wide approach to standard clauses for use in residential conveyancing transactions.

You can find each published edition of the standard clauses below with supporting information, including client and practitioner guides.

Edition 1 came into effect on 5 January 2015 and was replaced by Edition 2 which came into effect on 3 May 2016. Edition 2 was subsequently replaced by Edition 3 which came into effect from 1 November 2018. Edition 3 was subsequently replaced by Edition 4 which came into effect from 1 March 2021.

Edition 5 has been produced by the Scottish Conveyancers Forum and comes into effect from 29 August 2022.

The fifth edition of Scottish Standard Clauses, produced by the Scottish Conveyancers Forum, comes into effect on 29 August 2022.

Scottish Standard Clauses (Edition 5) – Extract PDF Version

Scottish Standard Clauses (Edition 5) Briefing Note

Client Guide for Scottish Standard Clauses (Edition 5)

Practitioner Guide for Scottish Standard Clauses (Edition 5)

Scottish Standard Clauses (Edition 5) Checklist

The Scottish Conveyancers Forum have produced a suggested style checklist for firms to adapt and use as they see fit. This is to assist and enhance risk management in evidencing client instructions.

Edition 4 has been produced by the Scottish Standard Clauses Group

Scottish Standard Clauses (Edition 4) - Extract Version

Scottish Standard Clauses (Edition 4) - PDF Version

Client Guide for Scottish Standard Clauses (Edition 4)

Practitioner Guide for Scottish Standard Clauses (Edition 4)

Scottish Standard Clauses (Edition 4) Explanatory Note

Scottish Standard Clauses (Edition 4) Checklist - The Scottish Standard Clauses Group have produced a suggested style checklist for firms to adapt and use as they see fit. This is to assist and enhance risk management in evidencing client instructions.

In light of the restrictions associated with the pandemic, an additional clause relating to Suspension of Contractual Obligations has been drafted for use by members as appropriate. 

Regional Standard Missives

Please find below links to previous Standard Missives and associated guidance.