Month: April 2019


CA issues response to Law Commission’s consultation on Leasehold Home

The Conveyancing Association (CA), the leading trade body for the conveyancing industry, has today (Monday 29th April 2019) announced it has responded to the Law Commission’s consultation entitled, ‘Leasehold home ownership: Exercising the right to manage’. The consultation paper was published in January this year and the deadline for responses will pass on the Tuesday […]Read More

Fraud Property Market

Scam Email Targets Conveyancers

Law firms have reported receiving an email inviting them to pitch to represent a property development company in conveyancing transactions. In fact, the email is a scam, probably generated to gain information on individual law firms. The email purports to come from Argee Building Services, a genuine Glasgow company, who were flooded with calls as […]Read More

Conveyancing Firms & People Property Market

Nearly 70% Of Solicitors Suffer High Levels Of Stress

Two thirds (66%) of solicitors are currently experiencing high levels of stress, according to the latest findings from the Bellwether Report 2019 titled ‘Stress in the Legal Profession: Problematic or Inevitable’, published by LexisNexis UK. It highlights that stress is an endemic issue in the legal profession but most solicitors working for law firms are […]Read More


An Interview With Louise Robinson

Louise Robinson has recently joined the PSA team at SearchFlow as Personal Searches Operations Manager. SearchFlow is the only search provider with an in-house nationwide personal search agency. In the last year, PSA has experienced significant growth and the popularity of personal searches shows no signs of slowing. Louise discusses the increasing take-up of personal […]Read More

Property Market

Regulated Local Authority Searches Vs Council Local Authority Search

There is a growing awareness that Council Local Authority Searches are not the quickest or most cost-effective search methods in purchase conveyancing. Personal searches, widely known as Regulated Local Authority Searches, have become far more popular, and are frequently quicker and cost less to perform than the traditional Council Local Authority Search. Even so, there […]Read More

Property Market

Search Acumen Comments On RICS Commercial Market Survey Q1 2019

Caroline Robinson, Commercial Real Estate Business Development Manager of Search Acumen, comments: “The commercial property sector faces significant upheaval in the coming years as occupier demand continues to decline across the board. “The demand for retail spaces is shrinking as customers move online and big name high street brands fall victim to online shopping. Demand […]Read More


61% Of Firms Breached In The Past Year

Three in every five global firms have reported a serious data breach in the past year. The Cyber Readiness Report 2019, conducted by insurer Hiscox, found that 61% of firms have been breached in the past year; a huge jump from the 45% that reported a breach in 2018. In the UK alone, this figure […]Read More

Property Market

Search Acumen Comments On HMRC’s Monthly Property Transactions for March

Andy Sommerville, Director of Search Acumen, comments: “March traditionally sees a slight increase in property transactions, however, the constantly shifting Brexit deadline and the resulting ripple effect of uncertainty through UK markets has contributed to growth remaining flat last month. “But will property investors remain spooked until the UK has left the EU? There is […]Read More


Lack Of Available Small Homes Deters Downsizers From Moving

A lack of available housing continues to plague the property market, with potential downsizers being deprived of appropriate property which could influence them in making the move into a smaller home. According to a recent report by retirement experts, Responsible Life, 66.7% of areas across the UK have substantially more four-bedroom accommodation than two-bedroom homes, […]Read More


Poor Password Protection Leaves Conveyancing Sector Vulnerable To Data Breaches

Millions of people across the globe continue to use hack-able passwords, underestimating the importance of creating a unique password to protect themselves, their business and clients from cyber criminality. The inaugural UK Cyber Survey, released by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), has found that over 23 million people are still using ‘123456’ as their […]Read More