CML mortgage advance figures for April – 20th June 2010

In April the Council of Mortgage Lenders which represents organisations responsible for 94% of all mortgage lending in the UK says that there were 40,000 home purchase loans advanced valued at £5.7 billion, volumes down by 9% on March. Remortgage volumes declined by 16% in volume terms to 24,000 cases in April. This figure was […]

Searchflow explain pricing issues within the local authority search sector – 20th June 2010

This article was first published in The Orange Rag and is reproduced here with the consent of Charles Christian. David Kempster, the marketing director of MDA Searchflow comments on new charging regulations and their effect on property search pricing…  The way in which charges are levied for search information can be divided into two […]

Book Review: Conveyancing Fees and Duties – 19th June 2010 Russell Hewitson Principal Lecturer in Law, Northumbria University has compiled the 35th Edition of Bloomsbury’s title Conveyancing Fees and Duties. Many conveyancers will have used this booklet over the years and the slim easy to navigate booklet must be a useful resource for many practitioners who still prefer books to internet access information. Information […]

Google launch portal what impact for conveyancers? – 19th June 2010

Estate Agents, vendors and landlords are now able to upload their properties at no cost to Google Maps.  Many organisations are contributing their listings including Zoopla, PropertyLive (the lastest Countrywide plc brand), Ezylet, SmartNewHomes, Vebra, Property Pal, Spicer Haart, Countrywide,  and Zoomf. Countrywide the large estate agency chain supports the launch with Grenville Turner, Countrywide […]

Rob Hailstone of HIPAG supports Home Buying Reform – 10th June 2010

Rob Hailstone has campaign for years for the reform of the home buying process. He has campaigned to use the reform potential of HIPs to put conveyancers and particularly smaller conveyancers at the centre of the home buying reform. Rob has kindly allowed us to reproduce a letter he has sent to the estate agency […]

Orange Rag reports Howes Percival change of case management system – 9th June 2010

The source of this article was originally published by Charles Christian of The Orange Rag and published here with his permission IRIS loses its biggest AIM site to Pilgrim by Charles Christian on Wed 09 Jun 2010 09:50 BST Top 100 law firm Howes Percival LLP, with offices in Leicester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and […]

Simply HIPs are taken into liquidation – 9th June 2010

Following the suspension of HIPS and the angry response from Ashley King it appears that part of his business group has not been able to continue. Speaking to Michelle Sheffield of David Rubin and Partners we have confirmed that:- –         Simply Group Holdings Ltd trading as “Simply HIP”; –     […]

Julian Harris Mortgage Network appoints OpenConvey – 9th June 2010

Following annoucements earlier this month of additional conveyancing firms joining their online conveyancing portal, Open Convey has been appointed as the preferred partner for all the conveyancing needs of the Julian Harris Network. Based in Ashford Kent, the network has over 240 adviser firms. The key feature of the arrangement will be the establishment of […]

SEO Adrian Lamb leaves Optima – 8th June 2010

Optima Legal has announced that Adrian Lamb is no longer their Chief Executive. Their short statement reads:- "Adrian Lamb has left Optima Legal after four years as Chief Executive, in order to pursue new challenges. He has overseen a period of dramatic growth for us, culminating in a top 100 law firm ranking and has […]

O'Neill Patient advertise new conveyancing roles – 8th June 2010

Conveyancing Assistants Required –  Assistant to a Case Manager managing a caseload of transactional files.  Experience preferred but training will be given to the right applicant.  To apply for this position, please contact  Adam Forshaw on 0844 576 1737 or by email to

Compliant sale and rent back scheme launched ahead of regulations – 8th June 2010

Pete Thomson, Managing Director of Residential Property Solutions, said: “The CMLs latest repossession figures confirm that approximately 50,000 homeowners will have their properties repossessed this year. To date, the government mortgage rescue scheme has helped just 628 homeowners and lender forbearance schemes have simply delayed the inevitable. “If a client is experiencing financial difficulties, our […]

Risk Management – the cult of the trusted partner – 2nd June 2010

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Over the last ten years I was lucky to work with a panel manager that enabled me to go into many conveyancing firms from the largest to the smallest and look at the way that they operated and how they managed their risk. In the first of an occasional series on risk management I focus […]

April Land Registry figures show which firms made the most applications – 31st May 2010

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Data obtained by Today’s Conveyancer shows that 226,000 applications were made to Land Registry in April by account holders.  This figure included commercial work, social housing and applications such as name changes by lenders. Some of the biggest applicants were banks and commercial businesses with Trowers and Hamlins heading the list. Click here to see […]

Purchase Mortgage Approvals Slightly Up, Remortgages Down – 26th May 2010

The British Bankers Association has reported that in April mortgage approvals for purchases have risen from just over 35,000 transactions in March to 35,729 mortgages per month, less than one additional transaction for every conveyancing firm in England and Wales. The figures are adjusted for seasonality. Clearly at a time when consumers were anticipating an […]

Report Highlights Internet Trading Success – 24th May 2010

Greenlight the award winning full service search marketing agency has conducted a report into the most successful internet legal services businesses. By using industry data to classify 1000 of the most popular search terms that consumers use to find legal services an indication of audience size and profile of how Google users went about their […]

Land Data calls for end to Personal Searches – 24th May 2010

Land Data issued a press release last Thursday supporting the swift decision by the coalition to suspend Home Information Packs but went on to ask for "official authoritative searches to be made compulsory in all covneyancing transactions." Jan Boothroyd, Land Data Chief Executive, said that "Home Information Packs almost immediately became synonymous with price and […]

Land Registry cancels marketing tender – 24th May 2010

PR Week has reported that Land Registry has cancelled a marketing tender and contract that it had planned to create a single marketing strategy for its whole business operation. Today’s Conveyancer has spoken to a spokesperson at Land Registry and understands that this cancelled tender is part of the review of operations in light of […]