Month: August 2021

Feature Professional Indemnity Technology

The Digital Solicitor Podcast: How the LEAP Best Practice Standard

The Digital Solicitor Podcast: How the LEAP Best Practice Standard helps conveyancers earn more money The LEAP Best Practice Standard for conveyancers was set-up four years ago as an accreditation mark of excellence achieved by law firms using LEAP’s innovative technology. Through its use of independent, remote and specialist audits, achievement of the standard shows […]Read More

Conveyancing Property Market

Exclusive New Webinar – Preparing for Completion Safely and Efficiently

Most conveyancers will recognise that sinking feeling as an unexpected problem or requirement raises its head on the day of completion.  Dealing with multiple completions on the same day means that you need well thought out procedures to ensure that no details are missed or mistakes made. Fortunately, help is at hand! Stewart Title has invited […]Read More

Conveyancing Organisations

HMLR Practice Guide updates

HM Land Registry has released details of changes to the following Practice Guides in its latest update. Charities: advice for applications sent to HM Land Registry (PG14) This guide is aimed at conveyancers and legal advisers to charities and to those acquiring land from charities. Change made: Section 6.5 has been amended to confirm HM […]Read More

Conveyancing Insight Organisations Property Market

SDLT holiday may not be responsible for property market surge

Influential think tank the Resolution Foundation has suggested that the temporary stamp-duty was not the “overwhelming driver” behind the surge in property market activity and that underlying factors instead responsible for driving house prices up, indicating that the stamp-duty holiday may have been a waste of taxpayers money. Data from the Resolution Foundation’s quarterly Housing […]Read More

Compliance Organisations Property Market

“Marketing and advertising” remains leading cause of home moving complaints

The benefits of providing greater information up front have been laid bare in the latest The Property Ombudsman (TPO) Annual Report which has again highlighted “Communication and record keeping” and “Marketing and advertising” as the leading causes of home moving complaints. 2020 also saw a significant increase in enquiries with a record 39,285 reported, up […]Read More


Rural new-build market on the rise

Rural new builds are on the up as home movers take advantage of flexible working a reduced daily commute. While new-build developments are far more prevalent in urban areas there are a number of rural living locations that also benefit from a healthy stock of new build homes, Research from Warwick Estates reveals the rural […]Read More

Conveyancing Feature Firms & People Legislation & Litigation

Leaseholders continue to wait for “levelling-up”

The lack of progress on leasehold reforms is leaving thousands of homeowners in a potentially costly waiting game and in danger of losing out. The Government announced long-awaited reforms to ‘level up’ the leasehold system at the start of the year, including scrapping ground rents and ensuring leaseholders can extend effectively forever. However, without a […]Read More

Conveyancing Organisations Property Market

SQE: Qualifying work experience will offer trainees greater flexibility

Ahead of the 1 September launch of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), the Law Society has today unveiled guidance to answer common queries for law firms and organisations on qualifying work experience (QWE) for trainee solicitors. Under the SQE, candidates must complete two years QWE in order to qualify as a solicitor, as well as […]Read More

Conveyancing Organisations Property Market

£40m Government loan supports new retirement living homes

Hundreds of older people are set to be provided with new homes thanks to a £40m funding injection from Homes England, the Government’s housing agency. The loan from the £4.5bn Home Building Fund will accelerate the construction of 255 mid-market retirement homes in Audley Group’s Mayfield Villages portfolio, in a segment of the market that […]Read More