Month: February 2012

Conveyancing

Boost in demand for luxury homes

The luxury new homes market has seen a 21 per cent increase in property searches where the sale price is over £500,000, when compared to the same period last year, reports SmartNewHomes. SmartNewHomes reports that an increasing number of buyers are finding that luxury homes are not out of reach.  Home owners who have remained […]Read More

Conveyancing

Law Society Consultation on Property Information Form (TA6)

The Law Society have launched a consultation on the Property Information Form (TA6) (PDF), asking for views on how the form can be improved for conveyancers, buyers, sellers and lenders. The consultation, which does not extend to leasehold, commonhold enquiries or new build, seeks to obtain views, particularly from Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) members, that […]Read More

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New Business and Oversight Membership announced

The Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) recently announced the new Business and Oversight Board membership. The new board will watch over the delivery of shared services to both organisations and will also advise Law Society Council on oversight of the SRA. Consisting of equal numbers of members from each organisation and including three […]Read More

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Goldsmith Williams scoop top 10 in LegalTec 100

Liverpool based Goldsmith Williams are celebrating following recognition as one of the top 100 law firms for technology innovation, advancement and sustainability. The firm registered its commitment to its introducer and client communities by channelling technology innovation and efficiency and have succeeded in achieving the number 7 spot in the KnowList’s legal technology excellence survey. […]Read More

Conveyancing

Help me get back on the panel.

As well as helping the team run Today’s Conveyancer I am a consultant advising many different types of legal firms, including conveyancers, on a broad range of matters.  Increasingly one of the many areas that I am being asked to help is getting a firm back onto a lender’s panel.   Often I find cases […]Read More

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Lenders and Lawyers working together

LFS are pleased to announce the launch of this year’s Conveyancing Conference to be followed by the inaugural Conveyancing Awards. The theme of this year’s event is Lenders and Lawyers working together. Clearly with so much focus on panel management of law firms by lenders, this is the ideal opportunity for conveyancing firms to come […]Read More

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Safe Move achieve gold standard

Safe Move, a trading arm of Yorkshire Water, have recently been awarded Gold Investors in People (IIP) status, the highest IIP accreditation. Investors in People look at business improvement, helping organisations to transform their performance through development of people. Providing conveyancing searches in the Yorkshire area, Safe Move pride themselves on offering a “first class […]Read More

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Should Conveyancers be paid on performance?

I have recently had a twitter conversation with an estate agent who clearly feels that conveyancers are deliberately slow and ineffective in the way that they work.  He held the clear belief that conveyancers should be paid on speed of result and this would bring about better results. We thought you might be interested in […]Read More

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SRA holds firm on publication policy

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is holding firm on arguments against the publication policy, after rejecting the Law Society’s calls to limit the information published about solicitors who are subject to regulatory sanctions, according to Legal Futures. The SRA make decisions on firms and individuals they regulate and publish them on their website, this began […]Read More

Conveyancing

The Changing Face of Conveyancing

“HSBC radical separate representation move splits market”; “Competition and choice under threat”; “Solicitors slam HSBC conveyancer panel”. These are only a few of the headlines that have been written concerning the decision by HSBC to reduce the number of solicitors who are to be retained on their conveyancing panel. It has been mooted by some […]Read More

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Myhomemove steps up its online SEO

Whilst we might be a little late in spotting this we still think this story underlines how much the conveyancing market is changing. We all know that the internet is becoming increasingly important in our purchasing decisions.  Whether that is actually purchasing on-line or just helping us decide whether a business is trustworthy it is […]Read More

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Localism Act prompts Search Code review

With the final death of Home Information Packs by the revocation of parts of the Housing Act 2004 CoPSO and the PCCB have also lost the statutory framework for searches that previously existed.  The Localism Act which repealed parts of the Housing Act has resulted in a review of the Search Code. The Council of […]Read More

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