Month: September 2011

Conveyancing

Top 50 law firm secures Law Society’s CQS

Shoosmiths, a top 50 law firm, has recently become the largest law firm in England and Wales to achieve the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS).  The CQS is considered the “mark of excellence for the home buying process”. With 98 partners covering offices in Northampton, London, Birmingham, Southampton, Manchester, Basingstoke, Nottingham, Reading and Milton […]Read More

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Transaction levels have plummeted over last five years

Statistics released by HMRC (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/survey_of_prop/menu.htm) provide further insight into the effect of the recession on the housing market. Peter Watkin of law—workshop.co.uk has been crunching the numbers.  The figures are from SDLT returns and therefore only capture information from SDLT transactions, I.E. purchases over £40,000. Of course purchase transactions levels have plummeted over the last […]Read More

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Enquiry services: Which one is right for your firm?

Which enquiry service will bring the biggest benefit to your firm?  According to Marketlaw a new "ground breaking" research report, published recently, aims to provide you and your firm with independent information and a resource which will help manage the firm’s marketing and in turn help you survive in the ever changing marketplace. According to […]Read More

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Mortgage plans still on target say Tesco Bank

According to recent news reports Tesco Bank are facing long delays in respect of their launch into mortgage lending services.  According to a spokesperson for the supermarket giant, “(we) are in the advanced stages of the regulatory process and will be in a position to provide details of the launch soon”. Benny Higgins, the former […]Read More

Conveyancing

Working for an employer with a bad claims record could

The issue of “fraud” by conveyancers on lenders is a very contentious issue.  An issue that one organisation can perceive of as fraud can be another’s perceived negligence.  What is a deliberate act and what was foolish but without malice is often very difficult to judge months or years later. According to Mortgage Introducer, xit2, […]Read More

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High street law firms need to be proactive say SRA

Speaking on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) this week at the Conveyancing Association’s (CA) All Members Meeting, Samantha Barrass has said that with much of the debate over Alternative Business Structures being focused on big firms, smaller high street firms also need to focus and be more proactive to ensure their future security. […]Read More

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Conveyancing industry has a fight on its hands

If you are in the conveyancing industry then you need no reminders that we are in very challenging times but when the Chief Executive of the Law Society, Des Hudson, speaking at the Moving With the Times conference, says that there are too many conveyancers, you know that those still practising will be in for […]Read More

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Drop in remortgage lending for Q2

The FSA published their latest Mortgage Lending Data Report last week showing that remortgage business accounted for a smaller proportion of new lending in Q2.  The report shows that lending was down from 38 per cent in Q1 to 34 per cent in Q2 but this is still above the figures for the same period […]Read More

Conveyancing

Conveyancing Data Services team up with HomeServe

We are all aware of how stressful moving home is for our clients.  The washing machine needs plumbing in, a leaky tap needs fixing or an extra plug socket is needed.  Conveyancing Data Services have teamed up with HomeServe, home emergency and repair experts, and are offering you the chance to help your clients with […]Read More

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Exclusive access to Professional Indemnity Insurance for CQS and Lexcel

The Law Society have announced that Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) firms and those that have attained Lexcel accreditation will be offered exclusive access to “competitive Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) quotes” for this year’s renewals. The Law Society report that there are now over 600 CQS accredited firms that will most likely benefit from such a […]Read More

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Legal referral scheme launched by JMW Solicitors LLP

With the prospect of troublesome times ahead, many conveyancing solicitors are looking at new and innovative ways to increase their revenue in a bid to combat the effects of the property slump. Manchester based JMW Solicitors LLP believe that they have found a solution and recently launched a new initiative called Lawshare. Lawshare is a […]Read More

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Due Diligence Kit launched by Goldsmith Williams

We are all aware that there is a burden on anyone involved in the conveyancing process to focus on regulatory compliance and ensure that risk is managed effectively, with this in mind Goldsmith Williams ask “due diligence is key to maintaining confidence in our industry but what does it actually mean for brokers?  What tests […]Read More

Conveyancing

How would you like to be crowned ‘The Conveyancer of

In association with both the Sunday Times and the Times, The Estate Agency of the Year Awards are the longest running and most sought after awards within the sector.  The organiser Estate Agency Events have announced two new categories for ‘Conveyancer of the Year’. In a bid to endorse and celebrate ‘best practice’ within leading […]Read More

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