Month: September 2014

Conveyancing

SRA latest application to increase fining powers

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are one step closer to achieving long-term aspirations to increase fining powers they can impose on “traditional” solicitors and law firms. An application has been recently submitted which requests an increase to their limit five-fold – from £2,000 to £10,000. Any changes of this degree are always be presented to […]Read More

Conveyancing

Birketts lays strong foundations with another property practice appointment

Steven Kay has joined Birketts’ commercial property team in Chelmsford as a legal director. Steven specialises in acting for the major national house builders and has over 15 years’ experience in commercial and residential property. His expertise includes portfolio sales and acquisitions, corporate acquisitions and disposals, strategic land issues, including land assemblies, option and overage […]Read More

Conveyancing

Experts predict 10% PII increase for smaller firms

It’s been reported that leading broker, Howden Windsor have foreseen an estimated 10% increase in Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) premiums this year for smaller law firms, following their recent analysis of the industry. According to the analysis, conveyancing practices are said to be the hardest hit, following the 2014/15 renewal season. In addition, 1 in […]Read More

Conveyancing

Council of Mortgage Lenders advise on conveyancing fraud

Jennifer Bourne is Senior Policy Adviser at the Council of Mortgage Lenders. With CML’s seventh annual fraud conference taking place in London on November 12, she tells Today’s Conveyancer what solicitors should watch out for when it comes to impersonators and how fraudsters are becoming ever-more sophisticated… What can attendees expect at this year’s Fraud: […]Read More

Conveyancing

New NCA process to reduce delays in SARs reporting

On 15th September, the UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) introduced new plans to quicken the turnaround for any Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs). The main aim is to reduce major delays which are impacting all areas of the SARs Regime. Money Laundering Reporting Officers (MLROs) are required to submit reports to the National Crime Agency (NCA) […]Read More

Conveyancing

CLC and HSBC partnership arrangements finalised

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) and HSBC are now finalising the new process to incorporate all CLC firms within the bank’s mortgage conveyancing arrangements. This new system was agreed by both parties in July and will be introduced on 15th October 2014. Both the CLC and HSBC want to ensure the new set up […]Read More

Conveyancing

LawSure Insurance rebrand launch

Brian Hall is Managing Director and Head of Underwriting for the recently re-branded and re-named LawSure Insurance. He told Today’s Conveyancer why the re-brand was important and how LawSure can work with conveyancers. Why did you feel the re-brand from Litigation Protection to LawSure Insurance was necessary? "Well, the background to the company is that […]Read More

Conveyancing

Immigration Bill to tighten laws on property letting

The Government could be introducing new legislation into the private rented sector (PRS) which requires landlords and letting agents to ensure tenants have legal rights to reside within the UK. Many compliant landlords already carry out such checks, but there are some rogue landlords who fail to do so, in order to let sub-standard accommodation. […]Read More

Conveyancing

Bespoke CPD training programme for legal and conveyancing professionals

Landmark Information Group have been offering legal professionals expert training covering a wide range of modules for over a decade. Our in-house trainers are committed to sharing invaluable knowledge and insight into key legal and conveyancing issues, to support professionals within their region. Our unique Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme offers you and your colleagues […]Read More

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