Month: November 2019

Property Market Technology

Proptech Milestones In The Conveyancing Industry

Developments in Proptech is ever-evolving and is fast becoming a top priority amongst conveyancing firms’ strategies across the country. This growing technological sector which includes artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning algorithms, blockchain technology, the rise of online portal facilities (chatbots) and a host of digital resources is gradually being embraced by the property sector. More […]Read More


Are You Protecting Your Firm From Cyber Risk?

Law firms are failing in their efforts to tackle the rising risk of cyber crime. Even with £millions continuing to be fraudulently redirected, with the associated reputational impact and knock on effect on professional indemnity insurance premiums, most law firms have not implemented even the most basic cyber security measures. Cyber Essentials is a Government […]Read More


SearchFlow Launches Free AML Risk Assessment Best Practice guidance

SearchFlow – the UK’s leading provider of conveyancing search solutions and legal reports – has launched a free best practice guide and on-demand webinar for property lawyers and conveyancers, which focuses on Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Risk Assessments. With the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) sending a strong message to property law professionals that failure to have […]Read More

Property Market

Buyers, Sellers And Cash Purchasers Fall In October

Year on year, active buyers and housing stock decreased in October.  The number of registered house hunters per branch fell by 12% in October to 341 from 487 recorded in September, according to NAEA Propertymark’s Housing Report for October.  Whilst October’s activity has reduced since a more buoyant September, the current average buyer numbers suggests a level of […]Read More

Firms & People

Blackhurst Budd Announce Key Promotion

Briony Haley, a specialist commercial property solicitor has been promoted to Director at Blackpool based law firm Blackhurst Budd Solicitors.  Briony qualified as a Solicitor in 2008 and moved to the firm in 2015, advising clients on commercial property sales and purchases, leasers and development acquisitions. She will join the Board of Directors, taking an active […]Read More


Legal Technology Roundtable – Come And Join In

Online Portal solutions, artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, blockchain technology and a raft of other innovative digital offerings are being lauded as potential solutions to improve efficiency, reduce the time it takes to complete a legal service, mitigate online risks and provide greater communication and transparency for the consumer.  Regulators and legal organisations have […]Read More

Property Market

Modern Method Of Construction Research Investment Increases

Despite the fact the construction sector has been contracting in 2019, UK construction has increased investment into research and development (R&D) by almost 10%.  According to the Office of National Statistics data, analysed by Catex, R&D investment increased 9.7% in the past year to £31 million.  The increased push towards Modern Methods of Construction by the Government in recent months […]Read More


How Do We Score Your Mystery Shop?

Getting feedback is a great way for businesses to learn and improve on areas that they may be struggling in. Many sectors have mystery shoppers, and the conveyancing sector is no different. In a highly competitive market, it’s vital that your team is at the top of their game, when it comes to asking for […]Read More

Firms & People

Season Of Goodwill: Companies Go Above And Beyond For Charity

The season of goodwill is rapidly approaching, and a variety of organisations from across the UK have been doing their bit to raise money for charity.  Here are two of the latest stories we’ve received this week.  Fletcher Longstaff’s MD Treks The Sahara For Young Minds Charity  Adam Cheal, Managing Director of Lincoln-based Fletcher Longstaff has raised £4,000 for charity after spending […]Read More

Firms & People Insight

Move Reports Joins The CoPSO Executive

Move Reports is the latest organisation to join The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) Executive.  Already on the CoPSO Executive are: FCI, Infotrack, Index, PSG, TerraFirma, TM Group and X-Press Legal Services, who all hold the responsibility for setting the strategic direction for the organisation and directing the day to day operations.  James Sherwood-Rogers, Chairman of CoPSO said:  “We are […]Read More

Property Market

No Fault Evictions Becomes Manifesto Staple

Privately rental tenants, who make up over a fifth of the property market, have been targeted as a key demographic in this political campaign with all parties pledging appealing improvements and protections for tenants.   The Labour Party has promised to cap rent increases at the national rate of inflations if they are elected into Government on […]Read More


The Risk Of Carbon Dioxide From Shallow Mine Workings

Beginning in September 2018 a study was commissioned by the Scottish Government, and undertaken by consultancy RSK Stirling, to investigate the prevalence of carbon dioxide from disused mineral mines and the implications for residential buildings1. On 5th September 2019 the Scottish Government made the results of the study available. The investigation considered past incidents involving […]Read More


The Rise Of Fake ID Documents

It is estimated that property fraud has cost the UK Land Registry more than £73million over the past 18 years, with an average pay-out to a victim costing upwards of £100,000. Property fraud and the rise of fake ID documents is on the rise, with more onus being put on solicitors involved in property transactions […]Read More