Month: July 2021

Call for Evidence Professional Indemnity Property Market

Regulator extends call for evidence on PII

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has extended the deadline for its call for evidence on the operation of its Participating Insurers Agreement (PIA), to help shape a formal consultation later this year, to 31 August 2021. The CLC introduced its Participating Insurers Agreement in 2016, allowing CLC regulated practices to seek cover from any […]Read More

Compliance Conveyancing Legislation & Litigation

CMA to get new powers of enforcement

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has announced a major shake-up of the Competition and Markets Authority’s powers.  The CMA has been instrumental in the drive toward greater pricing transparency for consumers and more recently has intervened in the leasehold ground rents scandal that has resulted in Aviva and Persimmon Homes announcing they would remove certain terms […]Read More

Conveyancing Environment

What is Japanese knotweed?

Officially titled Fallopia Japonica, Japanese Knotweed is a plant native to east Asia. It arrived in Europe during the 19th century, and unaware of its ability to cause harm it was planted freely. It was even celebrated for its pretty flowering branches! Sometimes mistaken for bamboo, Japanese knotweed grows from rhizomes that are situation deep […]Read More

Conveyancing Organisations Property Market

NEW Freehold Estate Rentcharge (Lender Only) Policy

The problems caused by Estate Rentcharges has been a hot topic for property lawyers for the last few years and despite much talk about reform, they continue to be a significant issue for homeowners and their lenders. Many freehold titles (predominately on housing developments) protect amounts due for repairs and maintenance to Management Companies/a third […]Read More

Conveyancing Firms & People Guest Writers

The Mindstep Trekkers take on Offa’s Dyke in memory of

On July 25th  I set off on a very personal fundraising challenge for the Mindstep Foundation which we established in memory of our beautiful son Maxwell, who took his own life at just 22 years of age after suffering from clinical depression. Three years on and eight very good friends and I are on a […]Read More


Seeing the wood for the trees…

I have had an interesting week working from home as the woods around where I live  and my office is now based are subject to a thinning programme involving some amazing tree felling machinery. This leads me to wonder if now that the SDLT window has closed whether we can now draw breath and if […]Read More

Firms & People Organisations Technology

Experienced additions to Coadjute Advisory Board

Following its successful launch this month, leading PropTech Coadjute today announces the appointment of three new Advisory Board Members, further strengthening their expertise and avenues for collaboration with all sectors of the property market. Coadjute (which means ‘to co-operate’) is a digital network that connects the existing software that property businesses use; enabling them to […]Read More


Improve information for consumers says LSB

The Legal Services Board has published a response to the submissions it received to its discussion paper on quality indicators. Published in February 2021, the paper prompted a wide-ranging debate over what quality means in the legal services market and how best to convey this to consumers. The response document concludes that there is still […]Read More