Month: April 2016

Fraud

One in fifty firms have been victims of scams

18% of firms have been victims of scams according to the Law Society with banks and insurers picking up the tab in two thirds of cases. According to a survey of 560 firms conducted on behalf of the Law Society by Mustard Research Limited, 25% of firms have been targeted, with less than 10% of attempts […]Read More

Firms & People Legislation & Litigation

SDLT.co.uk announces ‘dataflow’ and ‘expertise’ as new features for Stamp

The SDLT.co.uk team, who brought the first Stamp Duty Land Tax online return solution to the legal profession can now reuse data entered in the SDLT return (often via its generic case management integration) for a variety of other legal forms that are required in the process of residential and commercial conveyancing. Then eSubmit that […]Read More

Firms & People

Land Registry update DX and postal addresses

Land Registry are set to update their DX and PO Box addresses from 27th May The Land Registry say they are changing their central address because their scanning centre is moving from Coventry to Gloucestershire. The currently public body say they have been scanning applications at a central address since January 2015 and now handle […]Read More

Firms & People Organisations

Legalex 2016 Countdown

Less than two weeks to LegalEx 2016! The show takes place on 11th & 12th May 2016 at ExCeL, London, so save the date in your diary and secure your free ticket today! Once again Legalex has attracted the most amazing line-up of speakers; you can hear from Lesley Batchelor (Director General of the Institute […]Read More

Firms & People

Black Connect appoint former Gordons LLP partner

Leeds based law firm Black Connect have appointed Ian Errington as their new commercial property partner. The firm who are part of Blacks Solicitors say Ian specialises in new builds and has 25 years of industry experience, including 15 at Gordons LLP. David Gilman, head of Blacks Connect, said: “Ian brings with him a wealth […]Read More

Insight

The importance of ordering a planning search

2015 saw over 1,200,000 residential property transaction completions and 2016 is set to exceed to this. The UK has also experienced a sharp increase in asking prices with the average asking price recorded in March 2016 as £303,190, a 7.6% increase on the previous year. This follows the moderate house price increases the UK has […]Read More

Organisations

Conveyancing Association updates Conveyancing Progression Training Course

The Conveyancing Association has announced updates for it’s Conveyancing Progression Training Course to include changes to SDLT and the Mortgage Credit Directive. According to CA there has been “considerable” feedback from those who have already taken the course which has informed adjustments tot he training materials. Andrew Dewar, Joint Senior Partner at Curchods Estate Agents, […]Read More

Firms & People

Property Searches Scotland achieves 20% market share

Property Searches Scotland (PSS) has announced that it has achieved 20% market share of the Scottish residential conveyancing search market within just 4 years of being established. Part of the tmgroup family, Property Searches Scotland was launched in 2012 after commercial director Michael Tolland identified the burgeoning opportunity to provide fast, accurate and cost-effective property […]Read More

Insight

Number of remortgages up 10% on last year

Remortgaging in March 2016 was up 10% on March last year according to research by LMS, with a predicted 30,282 remortgages being processed. The number of remortgages is also up on February, with 7% more remortgages processed. However the value of those mortgages decreased, with the average loan amount falling from £158,144 to £153,916 from […]Read More

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