91% of agents say upfront information “must be mandated” – conveyancers share their views

A recent survey taken by PropTech platform Gazeal suggests that an overwhelming number of estate agents want the government to mandate the provision of upfront property information.  The survey, conducted during a recent webinar attended by hundreds of estate agents, revealed that 91% of respondents said the government should mandate upfront property information. Another survey […]

Early Bird Tickets for The British Conveyancing Awards released

Early bird tickets for The British Conveyancing Awards, sponsored by Dye & Durham, are now available. The awards will take place on 15th March 2022 as a hybrid event, with an in-person ceremony simultaneously live streamed via The British Conveyancing Awards website. The glitzy in-person ceremony will be a black tie event at the fabulous Church House in […]

Residential property transactions exceed 1 million for first time in a decade

HMRC’s December residential transaction figures indicate a steadying market as the annual number of sales exceeds 1 million for the first time in a decade. Figures show that the provisional non-seasonally adjusted estimate for December 2021 sales transactions is 113,470, 14.6% lower than December 2020 and 11.8% higher than November 2021. Although sale volumes for December […]

Diary of a high street conveyancer; 24th January 2022

One of my teenagers volunteers on a Saturday afternoon in the local Oxfam book and record shop. I popped in to see her this weekend, and as always, I am staggered at how many good quality, recent books are available. I think that is to do with the “buy one, get one free”  approach of […]

Conveyancing Association launch guidance on cladding to member firms

Following further Government intervention to support the removal of dangerous cladding in buildings between 11-18 metres high, The Conveyancing Association (CA) – the leading trade body for the conveyancing industry – has launched a new “Guidance on Cladding” document to help steer member firms on what they should be looking for and how they should […]

MyIdentity convinces estate agents digital scheme proves “easier and quicker”

Etive Limited, coordinators of the MyIdentity scheme for home buying and selling, announce today that Estate Agents are seeing the benefits of the digital identity scheme. Lantana Estates Limited, an award-winning estate agents based in London, is working as part of the scheme’s Beta test project and were able to carry out the identity verification […]

Welcome to 2022

Welcome to 2022. Given the rollercoaster ride the sector enjoyed/endured in 2021, I’m sure many conveyancing firms will be hoping for a few less ups and downs over the course of the next 12 months, or at least a bigger “notice period” in terms of what might be coming down the tracks. Of course, the […]

If it’s not broken don’t fix it

Previously published as a LinkedIn post, David Pett, Director of MJP Conveyancing, shares his views on the upfront information debate. This might be controversial, however, I believe what I have to say here should be aired and debated. Our conveyancing system has remained more or less untouched for close on 100 years. In 2007 there was an […]

Break down the barriers: the barriers to entering the legal profession

Not being able to get work experience whilst in school, attending the wrong university, the inability to afford the necessary qualifications and fierce competition are only some of the barriers to entry into the legal profession. Third year law student, Abby Spalding, discusses the challenges faced by aspiring lawyers today. The popularity of law in […]