Month: November 2012

Conveyancing

Law Society warning over SRA financial adviser rules

The Law Society has urged the profession not to follow the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) new rules on recommending financial advisers to clients, warning that it could expose solicitors to negligence claims. We reported earlier in the week the SRA was recommending to its Board that solicitors be allowed to refer clients to any financial […]Read More

Conveyancing

Blake Lapthorn secures Law Society quality mark

Blake Lapthorn, one of the leading law firms in the UK, has announced that it has secured membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). Lorna Munro, a partner at Blake Lapthorn and head of the firm’s Residential Property team, said: “We are delighted to have secured CQS status, which recognises Blake Lapthorn’s continued […]Read More

Conveyancing

Landmark Information Group acquires Renaissance Environmental Limited

Landmark Information Group has announced the acquisition of Renaissance Environmental Limited, an environmental consultancy specialising in the provision of due diligence services to commercial, agricultural and residential property professionals. Renaissance will become part of Landmark Information Group, the UK’s leading provider of land and property search information. Renaissance provides services to many of the UK’s […]Read More

Conveyancing

SRA make decision on financial advisors

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to recommend to its Board that solicitors be allowed to refer clients to any financial adviser, regardless of whether or not they are tied to particular institution. FSA regulations on advisers are due to change at the end of the year and on 28 November the SRA board will […]Read More

Conveyancing

The real cost of subsidence

Why would I be talking about subsidence when all we are seeing on TV is rain and localised flooding?  Well they are very closely related and similar in terms of scale — the opposite sides of a coin.  The average number of properties affected by flood in a year is the same as the average […]Read More

Conveyancing

The Partnership announced as ABS

The Partnership, has been approved as the 16th Alternative Business Structure (ABS) of the Council of Licensed Conveyancers (CLC). The firm of Wey Court, Guildford has been recognised for its capabilities as a proven and reputable provider of legal services. Peter Ambrose, Director of The Partnership, said: “We created this business to offer a truly […]Read More

Conveyancing

Land Registry assists in fraud case

The Land Registry has assisted the Met and the City of London Police to help them secure a successful conviction against a woman believed to be Britain’s most prolific female fraudster. Fraudster Maria Michaela, 33, was jailed earlier this month for nine years. She had used more than a dozen identities to con almost £15million […]Read More

Conveyancing

Conveyancing Blog Awards announced

A number of Conveyancing law firms have been receiving accolades in the last couple of years for their excellence in delivering Conveyancing services. The Conveyancing Blog awards will recognise one area that has so far been overlooked for celebration. Conveyancing Blogs have grown significantly over the last few years and many Conveyancers are now using […]Read More

Conveyancing

SRA Warning: Tavistock Law Limited

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has issued a warning relating to Tavistock Law Limited of Painters Hall Chambers, 8 Little Trinity Lane, London. They are currently investigating reports that the firm is no longer operating. Once they have any further information it will be published on the SRA website. If anyone has any information on Tavistock […]Read More

Conveyancing

Land Registry shortlisted for customer service awards

They have been shortlisted in two categories in the UK Customer Satisfaction Awards 2013. The awards are judged by industry experts, business leaders and academics and recognise organisations and individuals that have implemented successful customer service strategies. The winners of the 2013 Awards will be announced on 26 February 2013. The first category is for […]Read More

Conveyancing

Remortgaging accounts for third of mortgage lending

The latest LMS Remortgage Report for October shows that remortgaging increased 13.3 per cent to £12.9bn. This means that remortgaging as a proportion of gross lending now stands at 31 per cent. Overall remortgage lending rose to £4.1bn its highest figure since November 2011. This represents an overall increase of 23.1 per cent. LMS chief executive […]Read More

Conveyancing

Legal Eye launches powerful, comprehensive quality standard for legal services

Legal Eye, a leading provider of best practice, risk management and compliance services to the legal services market, has today launched the Legal Eye Quality Standard.  Suitable for Solicitors, Licensed Conveyancers and providers of legal information services, the quality standard is the first assessment scheme to address those rules and regulations which are over and […]Read More

Conveyancing

New build numbers must increase

The latest figures from SmartNewHomes reveal that new home prices are expected to rise by 1 – 2% in 2013. Steven Lees, Director at SmartNewHomes, said: “The new homes market is much leaner than it was and is well positioned to continue weathering the wider economic storm, which is likely to continue through 2013. “Demand […]Read More

Conveyancing

Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation for BPL

bpl solicitors limited is proud to announce its accreditation under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme. David Bridge, Managing Director at bpl commented:  “As a specialist firm of Property Solicitors, we are at the forefront of conveyancing in England and Wales. This accreditation reflects the hard work of all our staff and their commitment to […]Read More

Conveyancing

Land Registry to close telephone ordering services

The Land Registry has announced that it will be closing the Land Registry telephone ordering services and changing Land Charges legislation. The decision follows a consultation which took into account the views of all respondents. The services will be replaced with online technology which will make applications faster and easier. The legislation will come into […]Read More

Conveyancing

FSA warns on quick sales

The FSA has issued a warning to those looking for a quick deal on a house sale that they may be at risk of fraud. They have warned any homeowner to be wary of companies and individuals offering to help with a quick deal by buying the property at a discounted price. The discount is […]Read More

Conveyancing

Rightmove founder predicts firms will go bust

Speaking at the Legal Futures conference, Harry Hill, Founder of Rightmove predicted that less than half of the current number of residential conveyancing specialist firms will be in business within three years. Mr Hill said that only volume conveyancers with external capital would be able to withstand the current unsustainable price competition. He said the […]Read More

Conveyancing

Law Society looking at client account alternatives

The Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson has said they are looking at whether solicitors still need to have client accounts and what other options could be available. Speaking at the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates annual conference on Saturday he said: “We’ll have to look at whether solicitors need to have client accounts”. […]Read More

Conveyancing

Hudson speaks – Solicitors vs Barristers

The Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson spoke at the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates annual conference on Saturday about the quality assurance for the profession. Mr Hudson said that the Law Society is: “Now committed to the practical demonstration and periodic revalidation of advocacy skills”. However, he said that he was not yet […]Read More

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