Month: February 2011


What is a “vexatious village green application”?

For those people lucky enough to have a village green community spirit is often very important.  People in the local community tend to use village greens for sports or pastimes such as cricket matches, dog walking or even fetes.  These communities are apparently causing a headache for developers because they could apply to register the […]Read More


Surveys – Would you risk it?

When purchasing a house you could be forgiven for thinking that you don’t need a survey carried out because “the mortgage lender has carried out a valuation”.  Unfortunately many buyers assume that the mortgage lender wouldn’t lend on a property if, for example, the roof was likely to fall in within 2 years.  What they […]Read More

Compliance Conveyancing

Excessive regulation or a necessary evil?

The law states that you should "regularly" train all employees relating to the law and risks in regards to money laundering and terrorist financing ( Regulation 21 of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007). Compliance with Anti-Money Laundering Regulations is still one of the greatest challenges for solicitors in the UK today. Whilst you may think […]Read More


First firms come through the CQS application process

The Law Society has announced the first legal practices in England & Wales to secure membership to their Conveyancing Quality Scheme practice standard. Martin Elliott & Co Solicitors (Colchester), Boys & Maughan (Kent), Hamers Solicitors LLP (Hull) and PCM Solicitors LLP (London) have become the first four practices to obtain CQS accreditation since the scheme […]Read More


West Devon Borough Council voted best for Customer Service

The 2011 Land Data Local Land Charges Awards were held in Bristol’s Grand Hotel last Wednesday and were hosted by journalist and media commentator Eve Pollard.  Amongst the winners were West Devon Borough Council, scooping the award for best customer service with the highest number of votes and positive comments.  One Solicitor commented “the most […]Read More


Gross mortgage lending down 13%

The CML’s latest report shows gross mortgage lending declined by 13% to an estimated £9.2 billion in January, £10.6 billion in December.  There was, however a 5% rise from £ 8.8 billion in January 2010 giving the first year on year increase since August 2010.  Comparisons with the beginning of last year however are distorted […]Read More


Goldsmith Williams partners with CHL Mortgages

The national conveyancing firm, Goldsmith Williams, will now be providing lender support services to the CHL Mortgages delivering legal assistance in areas such as LPA receiver appointments, LPA receiver assistance, repossessions and repossession sales. Head of Lender Support Services at Goldsmith Williams, Rob Denman, said: “Our lender support division is a product we’ve worked hard […]Read More


Solicitors at risk of breaching the code of conduct

The Law Society has recently raised an issue with Lloyds Banking Group regarding their requests for conveyancing panel members to provide client account information.  The Society say that the provision of client account information risks breaching client confidentiality and have advised that any firm being asked to provide a lender with client account information should […]Read More


Law Society sets out case for CQS

The Law Society is looking to launch a consumer facing public relations and advertising campaign for the CQS in the spring and Today’s Conveyancer was lucky enough to be able to speak to Jonathan Smithers about it.  Jonathan is the Law Society Council Member for Kent and a past President of Kent Law Society and […]Read More


Who said house prices were falling?

Redrow Plc, a new homes developer, are reporting a first half profit after selling more new homes for higher prices. Under the leadership of their Chairman, Steve Morgan, Redrow Homes have changed the type of new homes they build and have launched the New Heritage collection which they say is proving popular with new home […]Read More


Speculation over interest rate rises increases levels of remortgage applications

Countrywide report that speculation surrounding base rate rises has seen remortgage applications rise.  Remortgages made up 32 per cent of all mortgage applications in January, an increase of 5 per cent on the previous month’s applications.  Three out of the top ten mortgages applied for through Countrywide’s 650 strong network of mortgage consultants were remortgage […]Read More


Mortgage market share growth for Barclays

Barclays recently reported their share gross new mortgage lending for 2010 is 13%, an increase of 3% on figures for 2009. Gross mortgage lending for 2010 was £16.9 billion, up £2.7 billion on their figures for 2009, £14.2 billion while net mortgage lending grew by £0.2 billion. Mortgage balances increased by £13.3 billion, giving a […]Read More


Buy, buy, buy?

According to two separate Conveyancers 2011 could be the ideal time to purchase your new/first property.  A Residential Forecast by Jones Lang Lasalle has indicated that UK house prices will rise by 4-6 per cent and accelerate to nine per cent in 2012.  This is in complete contrast to many other reports released recently.  We […]Read More


Is diversity the key to surviving?

Arc Property Solicitors LLP is a national conveyancing practice which offers nationwide coverage for both online and offline conveyancing covering residential and commercial conveyancing. They have recently announced the launch of Arc Financial Services which offers all of their new conveyancing clients the opportunity to obtain low cost, non-commission life cover for a flat fee, […]Read More


The true cost of residential/home care

Legal Practice Management Solutions believe that the research carried out by Dickinson Dees hits the right notes — good, hard evidence which makes it easier to prompt discussions between clients and lawyers, in a defined age bracket, regarding their wider legal needs. The research carried out by Dickinson Dees has revealed that nearly two million […]Read More


X-Press Legal’s Operations Director appointed UK affiliate of the ISBC

The Genesis Initiative was established in 1999 and aims to encourage the creation and growth of SMEs, bringing together Entrepreneurs, SME Academics, SME Representative Organisations, and Members of All Party Groups within both Houses of Parliament and the Welsh Assembly. Christian Lister has been appointed UK Affiliate of the International Small Business Congress (ISBC) on […]Read More