Month: January 2011

Conveyancing

What does it take to be a good locum?

Paul Murden provides locum conveyancing but don’t worry he won’t just “walk away” at the end of an assignment: “People often remark to me that being a locum means that when you finish an assignment you just walk away and forget about it. Nothing could be further from the truth and here’s why: A good […]Read More

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Are Independent estate agents on their way out in 2011?

As a result of a challenging market Countrywide are forecasting the demise of independent estate agencies in 2011. Nigel Stockton, Financial Services Director for Countrywide, recently spoke exclusively to The Negotiator and attributes the decline to yet another year of historically low sales volumes.  You can read the full article here: http://www.negotiator-magazine.co.uk/article/countrywide-prepares-for-independent-demise-1636 If independent estate […]Read More

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Should we name and shame Lawyers over complaints?

As consumers should we be entitled to information pertaining to complaints about service? Take the time to have a look at the following article from Legal Futures regarding the Legal Ombudsman’s discussion paper on its publication policy. http://www.legalfutures.co.uk/latest-news/oft-and-lsc-join-consumer-groups-in-call-to-name-lawyers-over-complaints Today’s Conveyancer, bringing you the latest conveyancing news and updates.Read More

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Is this the start of recovery for house builders?

The latest NHBC figures for the final quarter of the year have shown that registrations are up 3% on the figures for the same period in 2009, despite the heavy snowfall in December. There is a return of optimism amongst house builders following the consistent number of new home registrations during November 2010 say the […]Read More

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GroundSure turns 10

GroundSure has been providing leading environmental intelligence solutions to the UK legal, financial and property markets for 10 years, informing their clients on issues associated with contaminated land, flood risk and planning. GroundSure takes a look back at what has happened since the company was founded. – 2001: GroundSure was created by a group of […]Read More

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866% mortgage anyone?

Six solicitors who committed possibly one of the largest mortgage frauds ever carried out in the UK have now gone on trial at Southwark Crown Court.  The jury have heard how the fraud was committed by conning banks and building societies into lending almost £50 million for properties that were only worth an estimated £6 […]Read More

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Online conveyancing firm secure investment from LDC

LDC, part of the Lloyds Banking Group, is backing the expansion of eConveyancer, a provider of software for online conveyancing and home buyer search services, with an injection of development capital. The online conveyancing firm, eConveyancer, was established in 2003 and currently boasts a 2% share of the UK online conveyancing market but has managed […]Read More

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How important is a correct file opening procedure?

In the last couple of weeks I have been working with a firm of conveyancers where some things weren’t going as well as they might be.  The firm is very proud of its customer service track record and was bitterly disappointed that there was background level of negative comments they were having difficulty eliminating. The […]Read More

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An enhanced conveyancing service provided by myhomemove

Arguably one of the UK’s largest independent providers of conveyancing, myhomemove, have recently launched what they call a revolutionary new online conveyancing service, e-Way. Myhomemove say that with e-Way they intend to build on their existing conveyancing service by offering a truly unique approach to the conveyancing process, one that makes it both quicker and […]Read More

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SRA Consultation period ends 28th February 2010

Following the comprehensive independent review of client financial protection arrangements the SRA are proposing significant changes not least the removal of the single renewal date for professional indemnity insurance for firms from October 2011. There are long term changes also set out for discussion including changes to the Solicitors’ Compensation Fund. You can see the […]Read More

Conveyancing

SRA warning on identity theft of conveyancers

Every conveyancer faces potential risks every day they do business. Having your business name and identity stolen or passing money innocently to a fraudster that has held himself out as another firm can wreck your reputation and have you thrown off lender panels. The latest advice from the SRA can be read from this link. […]Read More

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First Registrations remain high in 2010

Since it became compulsory to register changes in ownership of land and property some time ago you would think that there would be very few First Registration applications being submitted today. However, new figures received by Today’s Conveyancer show the total number of First Registrations submitted to Land Registry offices in 2010 were in excess […]Read More

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Law Society plan consumer drive for CQS

The Law Society has issued a big call to action to conveyancing solicitors.  If your application for the CQS is not received by the 28 February 2011 you’ll miss out on your chance to benefit from the PR they plan. The consumer-facing public relations and advertising campaign is due in the spring. The Law Society […]Read More

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