CLC proposes to re-charge LeO costs based on performance


The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is planning to start recharging the cost of the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) based on how many complaints each law firm generates, rather than spread the cost across the profession. The cost of LeO (£14.5m this year) is recovered from all of the legal regulators in proportion to the number […]

SDLT – Too Hot To Handle?

This is the first a series of articles intended to highlight some of the SDLT issues facing practitioners involved in property transactions.  The series aims to enable practitioners to understand where apparently innocent transactions are more complicated than initially presented by clients so that they know what additional information they need to ask clients and […]

RICS “power struggle” results in management overhaul

RICS updates consumer flooding guide

The Governing council of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has this afternoon published Alison Levitt QC’s full report into the organisation’s conduct following an accountancy audit which led to the dismissal of senior management in 2019.  As expected, CEO Sean Tomkins has stepped down, alongside President Kath Fontana, Interim Chair of Governing Council, […]

Diary of a High Street Conveyancer; 13th September 2021

So what are my pet peeves at the moment? What would I like in my wish list for things that other solicitors/estate agents should stop doing  to make the process better in what is a very difficult time Unnecessary enquiries please do not ask me if I have verified my client’s identity – if I […]