Minerva – making life easier for law firms through powerful integrations

Making life easier for law firms is Minerva’s goal. The team at LFS have years of experience in the Legal Sector and recognise the value in working alongside the best complimentary partners. Developing key relationships with leading tech providers has been at the core of the development of the Minerva solution. The integration with Orchard […]

Six months of 2022: a positive reflection


Halfway through the year marks a good time to pause and consider what we have already achieved and what lies ahead for the next six months. Whether Covid forced us to re-evaluate the way conveyancers work together, or a realisation that the practices we upheld no longer serve us, I can honestly say that I’ve […]

HMLR practice guide update: July 2022

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HM Land Registry practice guide update: practice guide 20 Home rights and applications under the Family Law Act 1996 (PG20) Page summary: How to protect, renew or cancel a spouse’s or civil partner’s home rights arising under the Family Law Act 1996 (practice guide 20). Change made: Section 4 has been amended to warn against […]

DLUHC reshuffle: what it means for the property industry


Amidst a catastrophic week for Boris Johnson which saw the best part of 60 MPs resign from his government in the two days leading to his resignation, the Prime Minister took it upon himself to relieve Michael Gove – the now former Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities – of his duties. […]

Conveyancers face “constant battle” with inbox


A LinkedIn post highlighting the “constant battle” facing conveyancers has amassed nearly 50 comments in support of the profession. Summing up the feelings around the industry currently, Partner at Dean Wilson LLP Karl Willmott-Post posted: “Conveyancing right now feels a constant battle against your inbox/telephone and actually doing the legal work. I would think even […]

Leasehold reform: “the devil is in the detail”


The government has taken significant steps in reforming leasehold ownership of residential property. How its proposals will work in practice, however, is not clear. After passing through the Commons and the House of Lords, the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill received Royal Assent in February, making it an Act of Parliament. The first phase, the […]

Halifax HPI: property prices increasing at fastest rate since 2004

Halifax HPI: fastest rate of increase since 2004

The latest Halifax House Price Index (HPI) has been released. Halifax’s June HPI reveals that house prices were up 13% in a year, to a record high of £294,845. This is the fastest rate of price increase the property market has seen since 2004. House prices increased by 1.8% in June, the twelfth consecutive monthly […]

Geodesys celebrates landmark milestone


Independent search provider Geodesys celebrated its 25th anniversary in June 2022. Sharing the landmark celebration with none other than the Queen herself, the business has been at the forefront of industry innovation and service. Geodesys offered just the one drainage and water report when it launched in 1997. It soon partnered with Landmark and Jordans […]

Rightmove reports highest number of valuation requests since January

Rightmove reports highest number of valuation requests since January

New data from the UK’s biggest property website Rightmove reveals signs of the stock shortage starting to ease slightly, as home-owners choose to take advantage of record asking prices and sell this summer. The number of requests from prospective sellers for an estate agent to come out and value their home is at its highest […]

Diary of a high street conveyancer; 11th July 2022


I have seen a lot on LinkedIn again this week about the volume of emails received by solicitors. This is something I have mentioned before. It was interesting to see that the author of the post said exactly what I have said before and continue to say – how can we do our “work” when […]

How to increase conveyancing fees

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

In this episode of the Today’s Conveyancer podcast, host David Opie is joined by solicitor and Director at Big Yellow Penguin Ltd Shaun Jardine to discuss the opportunity for conveyancing firms to charge more for their work. Value is in the eye of the beholder, so they saying goes, and Shaun, an experienced ex-Managing Partner […]