Month: February 2014

Conveyancing

Increase in First Time Buyers

There is a current swelling wave of lending, first time buyers who are looking to get on the property ladder will need to catch this swelling wave of lending- mortgages are currently more available than a year ago but with a limited supply of homes available rising house prices could counterweight the excitement of cheaper […]Read More

Conveyancing

PSG sponsor the first SLC Road Show for 2014

Market leading conveyancing search provider PSG, will once again support the Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) as sponsors of the first in the 2014 series of national Road Shows.  The event, which is to be held on March 8th in Brentwood, will run from 10am until 2pm and will carry 4 CPD points. Topics covered […]Read More

Conveyancing

ETSOS gearing up for growth

Conveyancing search specialist ETSOS has announced a further expansion of its sales team with the appointment of not one, but two new business development managers as it looks to capitalise on the business’s success in 2013. Sue Lawrence joins to focus on law firms across the Midlands, South and South West, while Julia Kilby will […]Read More

Conveyancing

SearchFlow to hold 21 free CPD seminars throughout the UK

SearchFlow, the UK’s leading information and data provider for the property transaction market, has released the latest set of dates for its free CPD seminar programme. The seminars will provide updates on anti-money laundering, environmental risks, energy installations & infrastructure, flood risks and planning as well as tips on compliance and risk management. Perran Moon, […]Read More

Conveyancing

What if that SRA e-mail is real?

The SRA recently warned that solicitors report receiving scam e-mail messages purporting to be from the regulator and referring to pending investigations. But what if the e-mail was authentic and your firm was targeted for an investigation? Would you be ready? In deference to solicitors’ preferences, the SRA uses e-mail "to inform regulated individuals and […]Read More

Conveyancing

Peel Land and Property (Ports No. 3) Ltd v TS

The maxim quicquid solo plantatur, solo cedit   (whatever is affixed to the ground belongs to the ground) is well known to property lawyers. This case concerned a tenant’s right to deal with certain property which the parties accepted were tenant’s fixtures. The landlord considered that the tenant intended to strip the premises of substantial, […]Read More

Conveyancing

Pearson Hards goes for Ochresoft option

Legal workflow specialist, OchreSoft, has announced further success for its Intelliworks Conveyancing solution, with Surrey firm Pearson Hards Solicitors going live earlier this month. Pearson Hards has deployed an end-to-end conveyancing solution comprising Cloud-based content enabled workflows and Quotes module, with the Virtual Firm customer portal targeted as the next phase of system development. Partner Hatice Mustafa explains: […]Read More

Conveyancing

Fracking Podcast

Landmark Information Group is pleased to present its first podcast in a forthcoming series that will review and explore key themes and topics of concern to the conveyancing market. Podcast One — The future of fracking This podcast explores the Government’s current policy on hydraulic fracturing and provides comment on the impact on future generations. […]Read More

Conveyancing

February's edition of The Brief is out

As ever, this edition of The Brief is jam packed with opinions, interviews and profiles.  Firstly, we have a piece from Mike Grant, who is head of Legal Services at Weightmans, on regulatory compliance which makes for interesting reading. We also hear from George Bull – chair of the Professional Practices Group at accountants Baker […]Read More

Conveyancing

Quantus Legal to Improve CML Handbook Compliance with LENDERmonitor

Lexsure and Quantus Legal have teamed up to enable law firms using Quantus searches to order free LENDERmonitor policy searches directly off the Quantus website.  This will streamline solicitor access to LENDERmonitor’s comprehensive database of lender policy changes. In addition to real time alerts — regularly e-mailed to thousands of lawyers in England and Wales […]Read More

Conveyancing

Labour MP's concerns about estate agency practices

The Labour MP and shadow Consumer Minister Stella Creasy has spoken out about some estate agents taking advantage of the current property demand to charge extra fees to both buyers and sellers. Her comments have come as the government proposes to move responsibility for the England and Wales real estate industry to the Powys and […]Read More

Conveyancing

Moneypenny calls for law firms to get involved as it

With staggering figures from Ombudsman Services suggesting that UK consumers complain about products and services every second of every day, with further millions of victims of poor service afraid to complain or not trusting companies to act, telephone answering specialist Moneypenny has launched a new campaign aimed at improving customer service and showcasing examples of […]Read More

Conveyancing

Law Society comments on Lender Exchange

The Law Society has issued a message to firms that have been contacted by Santander regarding application to the Lender Exchange Scheme. Created with the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, which has had a small oversight role, the scheme is due to go live in the beginning of 2014 and so far Lloyds […]Read More

Conveyancing

Land for new homes

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has said the government has sold enough brownfield land to build 68,000 homes, the same number as in the whole of Blackpool. Over 430 sites are said to have been sold across the country, with every new home supporting up to 2 jobs, a total of over 135,000 jobs as the […]Read More

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