Month: October 2019

Property Market Technology

Client Service Improved Through AML Technology

More law firms are benefiting from significant time savings while improving the consumer experience they provide clients by adopting the latest in anti-money laundering and client verification technology. Law firm protection specialists Lawyer Checker has partnered with Thirdfort to enable customers to order the next generation client verification app directly from their Lawyer Checker account. […]Read More

Firms & People Property Market

Landmark Appoints Renowned Technologist Gavin Ray As Chief Product Officer

Landmark Information Group, the leading provider of information to the property market, has announced the appointment of Gavin Ray as Chief Product Officer, where he will lead the overall product strategy for the business. Gavin brings a wealth of world-class expertise into Landmark’s high-calibre product house. His experience includes technology management roles at large corporates, […]Read More

Conveyancing

FCA Amend Rules To Help Free Mortgage Prisoners

Mortgage prisoners should be feeling more confident in finding a better deal after onerous and unfair barriers have now been removed. Earlier this week, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced that many mortgage customers trapped in their mortgage deals could now access better deals. The new rules encourage lenders to use a more proportionate affordability […]Read More

Conveyancing

Mortgage Activity Resilient In September

Key mortgage market indicators suggest continued stability in the sector, at least in terms of committed buyers entering the market. Net mortgage borrowing remained consistent with previous months, falling slightly from £3.9 billion to £3.8 billion in September, according to Bank of England analysis. This figure means the annual growth rate falls in line with […]Read More

Conveyancing

Conveyancers Complicit In UK’s Money Laundering Woes

421 properties worth over £5 billion were bought in the UK using suspicious wealth.  Stakeholders responsible for the prevention of money laundering through property transactions have been accused of struggling to stem the flow of illicit money, according to the recent report ‘At Your Service,’ compiled by Transparency International UK.  Of the total number of […]Read More

Conveyancing

Are You Ready For Pro Bono Week?

This year’s Pro Bono week is taking place on the 4th – 8th November 2019. This is the 18th year the week has been recognised. The week is designed to provide an opportunity to encourage and recognise the voluntary contribution of lawyers in giving free legal help to those in need. There are four key […]Read More

Conveyancing Guest Writers

Rentcharges On The Rise – What Conveyancing Firms Should Be

You may not be a big movie fan, but I’m guessing you’ve probably seen Jurassic Park at some point – you know the one, scientist ‘resurrects’ dinosaurs, creates theme park, dinosaurs run amok, and repeat. In the first Steven Spielberg-directed film, Jeff Goldblum plays Dr. Ian Malcolm and on learning about the park, the dinosaurs […]Read More

Conveyancing

LEAP Partners With FileMan In The UK

FileMan, the specialists in records management for the legal profession, are launching in the UK this November as a business support partner to LEAP Legal Software. FileMan will enhance the LEAP product by offering archiving for law firms’ closed files offsite. FileMan saves valuable office space and enables the management of storage, handling and destruction […]Read More

Conveyancing

LSB Advocate Increased Use Of Blockchain Technology

The Legal Services Board (LSB) is encouraging more legal services regulators to promote the uptake of Blockchain technology by regulated firms.  Research conducted by the LSB has found that only 2% of legal service providers have started using Blockchain technology whilst only 5% of all legal service providers have already made, or plan to make […]Read More

Legislation & Litigation Property Market

Government Pushes Forward With Reservation Agreement Pilot

The Government is keen to introduce a system of having legally binding agreements to reduce the number of transactions collapsing every year. This month the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government initiated the second stage of research into reservation agreements. Back in the summer, the Government confirmed they would be completing a thorough 10-month […]Read More

Conveyancing

Cradle And Grave Investment Increases In 2019

Whilst political turmoil continues to stifle UK residential and commercial construction, cradle and grave living construction remains strong.  Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in the UK has enjoyed record levels of growth in 2019, rising by 5.3% in the past 12 months according to a recent report compiled by StuRents.  Overall, 34,000 new beds entered the […]Read More

Conveyancing

Communities In Dark Over Millions Of Unspent Developer Contributions

Despite the Government passing legislation requiring councils to publish information with regards to how contributions made by developers are spent, huge amounts of money within the City of London remain unaccounted for.  According to research, conducted by the National Federation of Builders (NFB), over £125 million taken from developers has languished unspent in London.  Between […]Read More

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