Month: May 2014


New Bank of Mum & Dad: The Government!

It’s been just over a year since the government launched the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme.  The idea surrounding it was that it would help first-time buyers get on to the property ladder and encourage building.  So a year on … is it creating the boom and bust effect the sceptics were worried about? Apparently not.  […]Read More


ETSOS takes growth challenge head-on

Having enjoyed growth in year on year revenue of 63% in 2013 and with its revenue targets for the first quarter of 2014 exceeded, ETSOS has moved to further strengthen its business development team across both the residential and commercial sectors.  The search specialist sees Julie Hinton join in the new role of Southern Area […]Read More


Why Should Conveyancers Use Lead Generation?

Your firm’s website is the “new shop window”, and by using a reputable lead generation service, potential clients are walked right up to your doorstep. The arguments for using a lead generation system are compelling. Apparently lead generation is responsible for 42% of total sales (Econsultancy — Online Lead Generation Report). The legal market has […]Read More


CLC to publish conveyancing data

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has announced it is to make data about conveyancers available on an easy-access spreadsheet. Individuals and businesses regulated by the Council have core information about them already published on their website under ‘Find a Licensed Conveyancer’. Following discussions with the Legal Services Board and Legal Services Consumer Panel, the Council […]Read More


SRA to 'destroy high street conveyancing'?

New plans by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to prevent mortgage lenders from claiming solicitors’ compulsory indemnity insurance has drawn an ominous warning from the Law Society Chief Exec, Des Hudson, who said it will “destroy high street conveyancing”. In an interview published on the Legal Futures website, Mr Hudson said lenders will respond by […]Read More


MMR causes drop in property valuations

Property valuations have dropped 15 per cent in the month following the introduction of the Mortgage Market Review rules, according to a new report. The month-on-month fall from March to April represents a stabilisation of the market so that the total number of property valuations for all purposes is the same as it was in […]Read More


Setfords strengthens property arm

Setfords Solicitors, one of the fastest growing law firms of its kind in the UK and included in the legal 500, has added a leading property lawyer to its 100-people strong team. David Amies brings over 15 years of property experience to the Guildford-based solicitors firm and most recently worked as a partner at a […]Read More

Compliance Conveyancing

SRA in training regulation shake-up

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Board has approved changes to their training regulations. The changes form part of the SRA’s ongoing Training for Tomorrow programme of reform and Red Tape Initiative. The Authority is seeking approval from the Legal Services Board with the hope of implementing the changes at the beginning of July. The changes […]Read More


The SLC writes to ‘The Times’

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) has recently written to The Times expressing their concerns regarding the plans by Her Majesty’s Land Registry to centralise the Local Land Charges register. Concerns have risen due to the fact that this data covers a very wide range of important information that lawyers use to advise their clients […]Read More


Day to Day Risks in Commercial Property Transactions: FREE CPD

ETSOS and Groundsure present 2 free CPD seminars covering day to day risks in commercial property transactions. 9am registration finishes 2pm including free lunch buffet. London Date: 5th June 2014 Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL (Directions here) Time: 09:00 – 14:30 FOR YOUR FREE TICKET FOR LONDON CLICK HERE Birmingham […]Read More


SLC calls for transparency from mortgage lenders in respect of

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) has written to the Chief Executives of the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) and the Building Societies Association (BSA) calling for transparency in the way that mortgage lenders approach the selection of legal firms to represent them in the home buying process. Currently the approach that lenders adopt is acting as a […]Read More


SLC and BLG Roadshows almost fully booked

The Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) has today announced that their upcoming roadshows co-hosted with The Bold Legal Group are almost fully booked. To avoid disappointment both parties are advising you to book now. With the Bold Legal Group as co-host, PSG and Legally Better as sponsors and Groundsure providing refreshments, places are filling up faster than ever […]Read More


John Graham joins the Legal Eye team

Lenders and Corporates are increasingly taking steps to de-risk their supplier relationships by implementing tighter controls and compliance requirements. To strengthen the Legal Eye team in relation to this area of expertise we are delighted to announce the appointment of John Graham who previously worked for a number of years in a senior position within […]Read More


Bank account fraud on the rise

The Uk’s fraud prevention service, CIFAS, has warned that bank account fraud is on the rise. It was the most common type of fraud recorded during the first four months of 2014 by organisations that share data through CIFAS. Not only has bank account fraud increased 48 per cent from the same period of 2013, […]Read More


TSB offers to pay customer stamp duty

TSB has offered to help homebuyers with the cost of stamp duty. The bank is only offering to pay the stamp duty of buyers who are in the 1 per cent bracket, which is up to £2,500, but customers outside this bracket will benefit from £1,000 cash back. The offer goes hand-in-hand with a selection […]Read More


Scotland Law Soc reviewing consumer protections

The Law Society of Scotland will set up a new and independent review of the consumer protections in place for clients buying and selling property in Scotland. The review follows high profile cases in Aberdeenshire and West Lothian where clients were left without proper title to land bought through residential property transactions. Labour MSP Jenny […]Read More