Month: April 2011

Conveyancing

Rightmove review the impact of the First Buy on the

Exactly one month on from the announcement in the budget of the Government’s First Buy scheme to help first-time buyers, research from Rightmove reveals what impact the scheme looks set to have on first-time buyer numbers and the wider property market.  This will in turn impact on who will be buying conveyancing services from whom […]Read More

Conveyancing

Law Society’s CQS backed by Legal Ombudsman

The Law Society’s new home buyer quality mark, the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), is receiving the backing of the Legal Ombudsman in their commitment to ‘drive up standards in the home buying market’. The Legal Ombudsman, the complaints body for the legal profession, say the scheme, which opened for applications in January, has ‘a strong […]Read More

Conveyancing

Firms rush to announce their CQS endorsement.

With the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) announcing their full endorsement of the CQS, stating that it sees the scheme as becoming a ‘prerequisite’ for membership to lenders’ panels, firms are keen to announce their involvement and protect their lender panel status. Firms are also keen to use the CQS mark to demonstrate the quality […]Read More

Conveyancing

Goldsmith Williams partners with Age Partnership

Age Partnership, an equity release specialist, who are based in Leeds have appointed Goldsmith Williams as its exclusive legal services partner.  The move is to enable processes to be streamlined and to realise ‘considerable operational efficiencies for clients’. With the new agreement in place all Age Partnership clients will be offered a ‘specialist legal service […]Read More

Conveyancing

A rise in demand for new homes

Taylor Wimpey, the new home builder, have told the Stock Exchange that their order book for new homes has seen a 20 per cent increase since December.  Is this a sign that the new homes sector is on the mend? The statement provided to the Stock Exchange says that their new homes order book saw […]Read More

Conveyancing

Legal Ombudsman to “tell it like it is”

The Legal Ombudsman (LO) is setting up a new stakeholder advisory panel just six months into looking at the service provided by solicitors.  The panel is being created in order that the LO can ask the outside world what is going well and what areas could benefit from improvements and also with the aim of […]Read More

Conveyancing

Housing Market has a ‘spring’ in its step

The latest research carried out by Connells Survey and Valuation has indicated that housing market activity has seen a slight increase – with 7 per cent more residential valuations being conducted compared to one year ago. Residential mortgage valuation activity has seen its fourth successive rise, year on year with the first quarter of 2011 […]Read More

Conveyancing

Chartis say PII reforms are "highly disappointing".

Chartis, who hold the leading share of the primary England & Wales Solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance market have made a their disappointment with the new rules clear. A spokesperson for Chartis said they “believe that the ARP needs a fundamental overhaul before this year’s renewal season (October 1st 2011).  According to our projections, between 2005 […]Read More

Conveyancing

Solicitors should take a lead role in tackling mortgage fraud

The Chairman of the Conveyancing Association, Eddie Goldsmith, is asking that firms of Solicitors and Licensed Conveyancers take “a more definitive role” when it comes to tackling mortgage fraud, claiming that “if conveyancers don’t take action lenders will simply continue reducing their panels.” The Conveyancing Association believes that conveyancers could play an important role in […]Read More

Conveyancing

Unsold stock at a four year high

Rightmove have released their House Price Index for April 2011 showing that agents are holding unsold stock at around 74 properties per branch, up from 70.  It just goes to show that the increased number of sellers coming to market is not being matched by an increase in purchasers’ ability to buy. Property supply is […]Read More

Conveyancing

Borrowers race to fix mortgage rates

The latest National Mortgage Index released by Mortgage Advice Bureau and Coreco Group has indicated that the bulk of new mortgage applicants are opting for a fixed rate mortgage.  Of the total mortgage applications for March 80 per cent were for fixed rate deals, up 1 percent from February.  Borrowers who appear to be making […]Read More

Conveyancing

Conveyancing Protocol – Book review

The Conveyancing Protocol is a 160 page softback text that sets out the Law Society’s “preferred practice” for conveyancing transactions for freehold and leasehold property. From the 1st April 2011 the new Conveyancing Protocol has taken effect and will be compulsory for firms seeking to be members of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS).   This […]Read More

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First volume conveyancer attains CQS

Barnetts Solicitors, a leading provider of volume conveyancing to lenders, has become the first volume conveyancer in England & Wales to achieve the Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation. Around 800 firms have so far made an application to join the scheme but Barnetts is the first of its size to achieve the quality mark.  Richard Barnett, […]Read More

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