Month: April 2014

Conveyancing

Conveyancing Protocol and Title Insurance

The Conveyancing Protocol  published by the Conveyancing Association (http://www.theconveyancingassociation.co.uk) and endorsed  this week by the Society of Licensed Conveyancers is an attempt to streamline and standardise the conveyancing process by setting agreed responses to the title problems and delays  that  often occur. Instead of conveyancers “taking a view” on the importance of matters disclosed in […]Read More

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Decision Insight Information Group (Europe) announces departure of CEO

Decision Insight Information Group (Europe) (“DIIG(E)”) has  announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Marshall King, will be leaving the business.  Marshall King joined DIIG(E) in October 2012, recruited by the then owner of the business, TPG Capital.  During that time he implemented a strategic review of the business, restructuring the major group company, SearchFlow, and […]Read More

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FCA appoints former SRA Chief as Complaints Commissioner

The Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have announced the appointment of former SRA Chief Executive Antony Townsend as Complaints Commissioner. The Commissioner is responsible for the final stage of investigations into complaints in regarding how the FCA and the Bank, exercise, or fail to exercise, their relevant functions and the role […]Read More

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CLC launches consulation on disciplinary data

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has launched a consultation for views on publishing data about the disciplinary history of the individuals and firms it regulates. The council is seeking views on the possibility of publishing; notice of hearings of its adjudication panel, including details of the allegations and the identity of the respondent; findings of […]Read More

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Residential property transactions soar by almost a third

The newly-released HMRC UK property transactions report has shown that the number of residential property transactions between February and March this year is 29.3 per cent higher than the same period last year. There were 106,070 residential transactions this March, and although this is still considerably below the 2007 peak of around 150,000 per month, […]Read More

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Property tycoon jailed for mortgage racket

Seven people have been sentenced after completing millions of pounds worth of mortgage fraud that involved stealing ownership of homes and remortgaging them. Four gang members were jailed, while another three were handed suspended sentences after the £3.5 million fraud which involved taking out mortgages on ten properties that were not theirs. Former property tycoon […]Read More

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MMR causes dip in mortgage valuations

The new mortgage affordability rules that came into force on 26 April have already had an effect on the housing market, according to one chartered surveyors company. Connells Survey & Valuation found that the total number of property valuations for all purposes fell by nine per cent between February and March, leaving it at 10 […]Read More

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Searches UK employee wins Miss Sussex Pageant

Searches UK are proud to have sponsored our in-house beauty queen, Stephanie Prior who won Miss Sussex 2014. Her stunning looks, wonderful personality and impressive on-stage interview won her the competition along with her dress choices and public votes.  Stephanie is the Sales & Marketing Assistant at Searches UK, and welcomes new clients to the […]Read More

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Welsh councillor voices Land Registry concerns

New concerns have been raised over the future of the 400 Land Registry employees in their Swansea office. The UK Government’s plans to part-privatise the organisation, which records the details of land ownership across Wales and England, is an attempt to save money and although a consultation period ended last month, no announcements have yet […]Read More

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HomeOwners Alliance responds to MMR fears

In the wake of the new mortgage rules that came into force on 26 April, after the Mortgage Market Review, the HomeOwners Alliance has seen increased interest from visitors to their site regarding the new rules. Based on the levels of interest, the Alliance has produced a short consumer guide and spokeswoman Paula Higgins said: […]Read More

Conveyancing

SRA reminder – Keeping of the Roll

The SRA has announced that this year’s keeping of the roll exercise will begin on Wednesday 7 May. Solicitors without a practising certificate who wish to remain on the roll can complete the application online through the mySRA portal and will need to pay a £20 fee. Solicitors whose names have been on the roll […]Read More

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Beware MMR transactions falling through

The Conveyancing Association (CA) has warned that the new MMR rules that came into force on 26 April could cause delays to the home-buying process. The new rules aim to ensure that only those who can afford mortgages are able to secure them but could cause a backlog in demand and may even cause an […]Read More

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Conveyancers asked to comment on apprenticeship plans

The Conveyancing Apprenticeship Trailblazer Consortium is running a rapid consultation on its emerging plans for a new apprenticeship in conveyancing. Work is progressing well against the very tight timetable as part of the programme being led by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.  The Consortium is anxious to get the views of a wide […]Read More

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Cooper Burnett expands residential property team

Tunbridge Wells based solicitors CooperBurnett has appointed two new members to their residential property department, associate Solicitors, Adrian Whichcord and Elizabeth Philp. Adrian has joined from Batchelors in Bromley, where he worked for ten years dealing with a varied case load and is now covering all aspects of residential property work, from the first time […]Read More

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