HMLR practice guide updates: January 2023

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HM Land Registry (HMLR) practice guide updates: PG2, PG5, PG8, PG31, PG78, PG80, PG82 First registration of title if deeds are lost or destroyed (PG2) Page summary: Applying for first registration of land where the title deeds have been lost or destroyed (practice guide 2). Change made: Section 2 has been amended to include a […]

Webinar | OneSearch & confirmly: Making money transfers safe

Join OneSearch on the 31st January at 2PM for a free webinar with their partners LMS to demo the confirmly platform. Robin Wells, Head of Sales Operations at OneSearch, and Travis Scholes, Commercial Director at LMS will co-host this session, detailing the confirmly platform, its key features, and how your firm will benefit from this […]

LegalTech in Leeds event hailed a “great success”

Focusing on digital transformation in the legal sector, the event brought together the legal and technology sectors from across the UK. LegalTech in Leeds is an initiative coordinated by Whitecap Consulting that was created in 2022 to help develop a specific new legal community in the Leeds City Region. It aims to bring together the legal and tech […]

Law firms in a race against time: Embrace digital solutions or risk being left behind

As the banking industry leads the way in the shift towards digitisation, legal experts are warning law firms to prepare for a similar trend in their industry. Latest economic forecasts suggest that banks will vanish completely from high streets by 2027, with Halifax and Lloyds leading the way with branch closures. This trend is likely […]

IQ Legal Training Webinar | Onboarding residential clients and meeting client expectations

Ian Quayle, Chief Executive at IQ Legal Training, is pleased to present this 60-minute webinar session aimed at all conveyancers and all members of staff who onboard or assist in onboarding clients, exploring: Verifying client identity Risk assessing clients and transactions Information and explanation – what to provide clients when taking on work Setting realistic […]

InfoTrack enhances customer due diligence with new One-click AML

Legal technology pioneer InfoTrack has launched a new enhanced One-click AML check to speed up customer due diligence within the client onboarding process. Embedded within InfoTrack’s digital client onboarding solution eCOS, solicitors can now benefit from this innovative AML check that uses identity data extracted during the Verification of Identity process directly from a scan […]

The state of play in the property market

Predictions for the 2023 property market continue to vary wildly as economic and social issues continue to create uncertainty in the property market.  In the last week Estate Agency membership and training body Propertymark released its review of 2022 and predictions for 2023, RICS released it’s latest industry sentiment report and data from property portals […]

Fines totalling £25,000 highlight risk of non-compliance

Four SRA regulated law firms have fallen foul of Anti-Money Laundering and Transparency regulations and received fines totalling over £25,000.  Some of the first published fines are now coming light following the extension of SRA fining powers in July 2022, which empowered the SRA to fine firms for a broad range of offences without having […]

Crisis in local government will slow plans for progress

A local government workforce crisis is threatening vital local services – particularly relied on by those who urgently need support – with more than 9 in 10 councils experiencing staff recruitment and retention difficulties, a new survey reveals. The Local Government Association, which represents councils across England, has published its 2022 Workforce Survey which identifies […]

Deadline Day – nominate your Today’s Conveyancer Industry Champion

Nominations for the 2023 Today’s Conveyancer Industry Champion will close today. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to recognise those who contribute so much to the life and times of the conveyancing industry.  The Today’s Conveyancer Industry Champion, this year kindly sponsored by Minerva,  is a peer nominated and voted for category. The conveyancing industry […]

Conveyancing Foundation announces exciting plans for 2023

David Opie (left) and Lloyd Davies (right)

The Conveyancing Foundation is a zero-profit registered charity whose purpose is “to enhance the lives of those in the conveyancing industry and to support charity fundraising initiatives”. The Foundation has announced exciting plans for 2023 in continuing its revolutionary work with the “Be Kind We Care” initiative and in supporting existing and new partner charities […]

Conveyancing Association Conference Agenda Confirmed

The agenda for the Conveyancing Association Conference 2023 has been confirmed. Hosted at the Leonardo Royal Hotel in the heart of the City of London on 7th February, the conference will discuss a range of topics affecting conveyancers in 2023 including regulation, digitisation and consolidation.  Under the title, ‘Change is Coming’, the 2023 Conference will […]

Diary of a high street conveyancer: 23rd January 2023

I have been thinking this week about how specialised conveyancing has become and how we need to know so much about such a large area of practice. It reminded me of a transaction I had some time ago which was in fact like an exam question: A young couple were buying a property together. We […]

Case management – what does 2023 hold?

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

In this latest Today’s Conveyancer podcast host David Opie is joined by Martin MacDuff, founder of Redbrick Solutions, to discuss case management systems, practice management systems and technology. Are conveyancers more reliant on case management workflows than ever before? With experienced conveyancers leaving the industry, how much do we have a “computer says no” culture […]