Month: March 2012

Conveyancing

Conveyancing fees down 18% in last 5 years

Really Moving demonstrates an 18% real decline in conveyancing prices in the last five years. Conveyancers all know just how stiff competition is in this market.  There are lots of firms in the market offering conveyancing services.  It is hard to explain why your service is going to be so much different to anyone else’s […]Read More

Conveyancing

SRA licences first three ABS Solicitors

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) today announced that it has licensed its first three alternative business structures (ABS) Whilst many won’t be surprised that Co-operative Legal Services are one of the first the other two are much smaller firms John Welch and Stammers, and Lawbridge Solicitors Ltd. An ABS is a business providing regulated reserved […]Read More

Conveyancing

The Planning Pendulum

The 2012 budget demonstrates the determination of the coalition government to build our way out of recession. Long forgotten are the Conservative manifesto statements to frustrate garden grabbing and concreting over the countryside.  What is not up for debate is the UK will need to start accepting that development, no matter how controversial, is coming. […]Read More

Conveyancing

Revised new planning policy framework published

The revised new planning policy framework was published today.  Greg Clark, Planning Minister said that the system in England needs reform as it is too complicated, costly and has “ground ever slower”.  Those councils with no local plan will implement the new framework immediately. Those local councils with local plans have a year to implement […]Read More

Conveyancing

Peppermint “App Shop” launched

Peppermint Technology has launched the “Peppermint App Shop” as an addition to their Legal Service Platform, with the idea behind it being to bring together a “wide range of complementary partner products and services” in a one-stop shop for legal service providers. Apps currently available include a document bundling service from Zylpha, email marketing services […]Read More

Conveyancing

Register Extract Service wins top prize

The development of the Land Registry’s new electronic service, Register Extract Service, has seen them win the top prize in the Delivering Business Value and E-Commerce category at the Real IT Awards. The team picked up the top prize at the 8th Real IT Awards, beating organisations that included McDonalds, BUPA and SABIC Petrochemicals. Land […]Read More

Conveyancing

Envirosearch Prime fills “gap” in search market

Landmark Information Group have recently launched a new Envirosearch, Envirosearch Prime, for those buyers of high value residential properties with extensive surrounding land. The latest addition to the search offering from Landmark is said to be the UK’s “most comprehensive environmental report of its kind” and features a “unique” polygon search, rather than the point […]Read More

Conveyancing

Lenders address the Conveyancing Association on panel management

Last Thursday the Conveyancing Association held its All Member Meeting at the Russell Hotel.  The meeting was sponsored by Moneypenny.  Santander and Lloyds Banking Group addressed the group and explained their thinking to avoid fraud in conveyancing. Tracey Carr, Financial Crime Manager at Santander, and Alison Clair, Manager, Secured Fraud External Relations at Lloyds Banking […]Read More

Conveyancing

Bold Legal Group conference

Rob Hailstone founder of The Bold Group is pleased to announce their first conference which is taking place in Reading on the 19th April. The conference is open to both Bold Group members and non members and carries 4 CPD hours. For full details and a copy of the promotional brochure, email Bold Legal Group […]Read More

Conveyancing

No respite in the budget for the FTB SDLT rush

Conveyancers all over the country are telling me that with the end of the first time buyer stamp duty concession and developers under year end pressure mean that their pipeline of cases are bursting at the seams.  Pressure on conveyancers to ensure all those first time buyers rushing to beat the deadline is significant and […]Read More

Conveyancing

Law Society releases HSBC update to members

The Chief Executive of the Law Society, Desmond Hudson yesterday released a letter to members with an update on the situation with the HSBC.  The HSBC in January announced that it had opted for 100% separate representation unless the conveyancer is on a panel of only just over 40 firms. The Law Society as a […]Read More

Conveyancing

Will the Drought in South East England lead to an

In February the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) declared a state of drought in South East England following two dry winters.  Caroline Spellman, Environment Secretary commented that “more areas are likely to be affected as we continue to experience a prolonged period of very low rainfall”. Property Assure, the property information and […]Read More

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