Month: July 2010

Conveyancing

Reduced government charges for personal search fees

Following a letter from DEFRA to Local Authorities and a Statutory Instrument issued yesterday named “The Local Land Charges (Amendment) Rules 2010” the costs to personal search agents have fallen. Announcing the changes Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, said "Moving home is difficult and stressful, and the new Government wants to make it easier. We’ve already […]Read More

Conveyancing

Interpretation of the scope of a right of way

The following article is produced with kind persmission of Mace and Jones solicitors. http://www.maceandjones.co.uk/news/archive/interpretation-of-the-scope-of-a-right-of-way.html Interpretation of the scope of a right of way Published: 28th July 2010 Davill v Pull and another [2009] EWCA Civ 1309 Summary For an easement (e.g. a right of way) to exist, there must be both "dominant" land and "servient" […]Read More

Conveyancing

Land Registry annual report.

In a 78 page report Land Registry has indicated pride in the service that it has delivered. Marco Pierleoni, Chief Land Registrar and Chief Executive said: "Serving customers quickly, efficiently and courteously has always been Land Registry’s priority.  This year has been no exception with over 95 per cent of customers rating our services as […]Read More

Conveyancing

New PII insurer enters whilst another scales back

In a move that will disappoint many conveyancers Royal Sun Alliance has declined to quote for a number of its existing large solicitor firms.  This move will support the concerns that many have that the professional indemnity insurance round will be particularly tough this year. Marc Charlton External Communications Manager said "After a review of […]Read More

Conveyancing

Move Legal Services launches new portal

In a demonstration of how slick conveyancing panel management can be Move Legal Services have launched a new portal for brokers. The service provides an online quotation system for broker and what Move describe as a highly focused panel of dedicated case handlers which can provide clients with instant instructions and transparent quotes outlining all […]Read More

Conveyancing

Bank apologise for mortgage underpayment calculation error.

The Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank have written to approximately 18,000 variable rather mortgage customers to increase their monthly payments due to an underpayment calculation error. In their press release the Banks indicate that they are “very sorry” that the error has happened and for any inconveniences this may have caused.  The calculation error has now […]Read More

Conveyancing

Online Code of Conduct by ICO

The ICO has issued a new code of practice for the collection of personal information online: Link to code Christopher Graham  Information Commissioner in the opening words to the code says: “The online world is expanding and developing all the time. Change is a given. And the pace of change is a challenge. New technologies […]Read More

Conveyancing

Breeze & Wyles appointed to OpenConvey panel.

OpenConvey has been very busy this year signing up estate agents and conveyancers to its panel and introducing a will writing service. Recently OpenConvey has added Alex Neil estate agents to its client list and have followed this up with the appointment of Breeze and Wyles who have offices from Enfield to Hertford. Jonathan Hall, […]Read More

Conveyancing

CML mortgage lending up 15% in June

The CML which represents mortgage lenders has estimated that mortgage lending in June increased by 15% compared with May 2010 to £13.1Bn.  In comparison to June 2009 the figure was 7% higher. However the press release from the CML warned against any tightening of monetary policy and concerns for lending in the future. CML economist […]Read More

Conveyancing

Will the SRA proposed crack down on ARP firms help

Many parts of the press are talking about an ARP “crackdown”.  Firm words from the Solicitors Regulatory Authority have been issued and many lines of text have been written, but what does this mean for conveyancers?  Whilst Today’s Conveyancer welcomes the news from the SRA as it can only help conveyancers we look forward to […]Read More

Conveyancing

Landmark announces its second acquisition within a week

Whilst many conveyancers continue to feel the pinch the recent flurry of merger and acquisition activity around the edge of the conveyancing market continues.  Within the last few weeks myhomemove has made two acquisitions and now Landmark through its parent DMGI has announced its second acquisition in days. Land market which already has an excellent […]Read More

Conveyancing

SmartNewHomes say fewer new builds up for sale

SmartNewHomes.com claims that it is the UK’s leading new homes website, representing 85% of all new homes for sale in England, Wales and Scotland. Steve Lees, Marketing Director of SmartNewHomes.com said “June saw the lowest number of new homes brought to market since the start of the SmartNewHomes.com New Homes Index. House builders have long […]Read More

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