2016: Year in review

2016: Year in review

Few would deny that 2016 has been full of twists and turns.

From the shock Brexit referendum result to Donald Trump’s recent victory in the US presidential elections, safe to say it’s been an eventful year.

Some things you can’t predict but most things you can. At Thames Water Property Searches we are always up to speed on all industry changes and government policy – keeping you, our customers, fully informed and fully in control.

 Flood risk is a prime example. Once The Law Society issued an updated practice note in February – ahead of the introduction of Flood Re – we knew it was important to remind customers that there is a simple solution to the complex issue of flood risk. We offer Landmark’s standalone Homecheck Flood report, as well as the all-encompassing Riskview environmental search, both of which include a practice note compliant flood risk assessment that can be ordered at the click of a button via our online ordering platform.

 The introduction of the updated residential CON29DW and CommercialDW Drainage Enquiries was a key talking point of 2016. We find that there is confusion about Drainage and Water searches since changes were made to legislation in 2011, so our fantastic customer services team has spent a great deal of time this year going out to clients’ offices and running free CPD training sessions. They include a presentation on the importance of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS), which has been added recently as one of the questions to the CON29DW.

 At TWPS, we always keep a close eye on government policy. Housing and planning have been top of the government’s agenda with both Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Philip Hammond announcing a raft of new measures and further investment aimed at increasing supply. With the trend in favour of granting planning applications, the implications for potential homeowners are can be serious.

 In response, our customer service team has been raising awareness of two essential products that highlight future planning applications outside of a property’s boundaries: DevAssist’s unique DevAssess report is a bespoke location audit that exposes any potential threat (or opportunity) from development within a 75m radius of the property in question, while Landmark’s Plansearch Plus alerts potential homebuyers to issues such as planning applications, land use designations, housing and neighbourhood demographics, radio and telephone masts, as well as rights of way.

 We have a full programme planned of CPD events and webinars planned for this year. Our aim is to ensure that the content is relevant and topical for your needs, whether practicing in residential or commercial conveyancing. With the new SRA requirements you will be able to show how the information we pass onto you can be used to support your firms’ requirements.

 Feedback from last year’s CPD events was extremely positive. “The quality of the content and the materials provided surpassed that of paid-for courses,” said Pritpal Singh Manku, a solicitor from The Law House Solicitors. “Many of the recommendations suggested by the experienced presenters will be incorporated into our daily practice.”

 Who knows what next year will bring. One thing is certain though: we’ll be keeping our customers covered – no matter what.

To find out more call: 0845 070 9148 or visit: www.thameswater-propertysearches.co.uk


This article was submitted to be published by Thames Water Property Searches as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Conveyancer. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Conveyancer.

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Thames Water Property Searches – Your full service provider

We are experienced national providers of due diligence searches and training to legal property professionals, protecting conveyancers and their clients with a comprehensive range of products and a proven dedication to quality customer service.

As an official provider of the CON29DW drainage and water enquiry, as well as being an NLIS channel license partner, we provide a wide range of land-based conveyancer and developer searches throughout England and Wales. Our reputation is built on the quality of our service and we pride ourselves on the excellent relationships we hold across the industry.

Our customers appreciate our professionalism and expertise, and we combine industry-leading technology with dedicated and enthusiastic people to deliver the best possible service. We believe passionately in putting our customers at the heart of everything that we do. With quick turnaround times, quality products and no hidden costs, our online service is just a click away.

So how can we benefit your business?

  • NLIS: We’re an NLIS channel partner offering you access to the National Land Information Service (NLIS) Hub, meaning we can deliver the fastest possible turnaround times on a range of searches, including those from Local Authorities.
  • Suppliers: Working closely with a range of market leading suppliers such as Argyll, Landmark, GroundSure and the Land Registry means we ensure you can access all the searches you need from one place, with many priced below RRP.
  • ISO 9001:2008: We recently retained the international quality management standard, so not only are we connecting you with all the right products, we also deliver them efficiently alongside a leading level of customer service.

A member of our team would be happy to discuss how we can assist you with your conveyancing search and training requirements.

Contact: Sue Stevens

Tel: 0800 009 4540

Email: [email protected]

PO Box 3189

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