Month: November 2014

Conveyancing

Topic of the Month: Process Management

Our fantastic monthly topics are still going strong and the focus for news articles throughout December is going to be surrounding Process Management within conveyancing. This is a huge subject in the world of conveyancing, and during the next month we’ll bring you the inside scoop on how to streamline your conveyancing business and improve […]Read More

Conveyancing

myhomemove wins ‘Best Legal Services Provider’ at the Your Mortgage

myhomemove, the UK’s leading provider of mover conveyancing services, has been awarded ‘Best Legal Services Provider’ at the Your Mortgage Awards 2014. The event, which was held on Wednesday 26th November in London, celebrated and commended excellence across the financial services sector. This is the second year myhomemove has received this award, which is voted […]Read More

Conveyancing

Beware of bank details scam

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are warning firms to be wary of scammers tricking them into disclosing bank security information over the telephone. Four firms have been targeted this way recently, and collectively have had £2 million taken from their accounts. The scammers gain the confidence of those they call – known as social engineering […]Read More

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First-time buyer demand stabilising

October sees 26,500 first-time buyer completions — up 1% compared to 26,300 a year ago Average first-time buyer purchase price climbs 4.1% year-on-year to £152,684 in October Lack of understanding over new regulation: Four in ten buyers think LTI caps mean it is now more difficult to get a mortgage than six months ago The […]Read More

Conveyancing

CML Handbook changes – what to expect

Conveyancing lawyers should note that the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) have made some important amendments to their Handbook, which come into force on 1st December 2014. From that date, conveyancers should give their certificate of title based on those revised instructions. You can see a summary of the changes here (http://www.cml.org.uk/cml/handbook). A number of […]Read More

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Knotweed

In 19th century Britain Japanese knotweed was introduced as an ornamental plant from Asia, however, due to a lack of natural predators in our environment, it didn’t take long for the knotweed to escape from Victorian gardens and begin its destruction through the UK. Knotweed grows at a rate of up to a metre a […]Read More

Conveyancing

An Exciting New Connection

Conveyancing Liability Solutions Limited (CLS) market leading title and chancel insurance providers are delighted to announce that we will be changing insurance capacity providers from Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) Plc to ERGO Versicherung AG for online insurance policies from 18th December 2014. Excellent Financial Strength As with Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) Plc, ERGO is a […]Read More

Conveyancing

Council creates fund for Part 2A Remediation Works

It was announced in December 2013 that the DEFRA funded Contaminated Land Capital Grants Scheme would be closed from 1 April 2014. This scheme provided Local Authorities with a means to receive government funding for contaminated land projects as defined under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 19905. This came as little surprise […]Read More

Conveyancing

Multilingual property seekers – how well could you advise them?

Due to an expanding demographic, estate agents in London are finding themselves in need of multilingual staff. Our diverse nation is increasingly changing the face of the property market – should conveyancing firms take note? Effective customer service within the property sector, particularly conveyancing, is vital for remaining competitive within the market. With many consumers […]Read More

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Haunted Homes

Britain has many outdated and unused laws most probably because there is a long, complex process involved when removing a law from the statute books in Britain. The removal has to be approved at no less than four separate stages, which is why there are many laws which aren’t upheld, practiced or adhered to any […]Read More

Conveyancing

AIB Group (UK) plc (Appellant) v Mark Redler & Co

Introduction We welcome again Anis Waiz, solicitor and head of commercial litigation at Curtis Law Solicitors, as he continues his critical review of current case law. Readers may recall this case and will note the case summary 30th January 2012 http://www.todaysconveyancer.co.ukaib-group-uk-plc-v-mark-redler-co-a-firm-ewhc-35-ch-23-january-2012-cms-912 Whilst this case follows on from a number of high profile claims against solicitors […]Read More

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SRA launches support for small firms

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has set out plans to support small firms in a paper released at today’s SRA national conference for compliance officers in Birmingham. Chief Executive Paul Philip used his opening address to the 400 delegates at the conference to launch the discussion about the issues facing small law firms and what […]Read More

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