Diary of a High Street Conveyancer: 17th June 2024

The thing about social media is that it can become quite negative. I always worry about posting anything because comments can often get out of hand. A frustrated driver posts about how he was overtaken on a country lane and there are comments about the poster’s bad driving or insinuations that he was too slow […]

Improving Property Payments: Why are we Waiting?

The SRA consumer protection review notwithstanding, the future of property transactions may be that conveyancing firms no longer hold client money. As momentum continues to build around the concept of synchronisation, the Conveyancing Association has published a discussion paper that considers the impact for conveyancers of no longer moving property related payments through Client Account. […]

Top 5 tips for speedy CON29DW returns

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Drainage and Water Searches Network (DWSN), we are developing a series of webinars delving into the questions contained within a CON29DW search. Our first webinar, Top 5 tips for speedy CON29DW Returns, is now available on the DWSN YouTube Channel and below, which you can also access at […]

Diary of a High Street Conveyancer: 3rd June 2024

A service you can rely on ahead of stamp duty deadline

It is funny when I sit down to write this as I have so many musings about conveyancing – no two days are ever the same; are we counsellors as well as conveyancers? would we have done this job if we knew now how it would be compared with how it was twenty or thirty […]

Diary of a High Street Conveyancer: 20th May 2024

What has happened to LinkedIn? I thought it was a nice, friendly space. Conveyancers could mention their achievements, career moves, reviews from clients and post photographs of gifts received from happy clients.   But in the last few weeks, it has become nasty and full of vitriol. I always thought that conveyancers practised this area of […]

Ambition pays off for new legal sector conference

Lawcare's inaugural conference

Law Firm Ambition began as a widely-used online resource dedicated to helping law firms grow. Law Firm Ambition has developed a comprehensive set of ‘How to’ guides, updated annually. These guides are created with input from over 100 carefully selected experts from the legal sector, making it a respected project within the legal community. The […]

How are law firms investing in their marketing and BD?

The Law Firm Marketing Club’s annual Professional Services Marketing Survey, now in its fourth year, continues to grow in participation, with 125 firms contributing data in 2024. As marketers, we understand the importance of robust and dependable data, and in this report, we delve into various aspects of professional services firms’ marketing and business development […]

Diary of a High Street Conveyancer: 14th May 2024

I went to visit a friend over the weekend.  He is selling his mother’s house. I arranged for him to sign the documents and it was a good opportunity to catch up. And I knew he would ask me the question which I could not answer and tried to steer the conversation away from it.    […]

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 Special

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

In this specially recorded podcast, the Today’s Conveyancer podcast joins forces with its sister podcasts from the Today’s Wills and Probate and Today’s Family Lawyer online news publications to discuss the topic of mental health and wellbeing ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week, from 13th May 2024. Podcast host David Opie welcomes Legal Director at […]

The Building Safety Act – what you need to know

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

In this latest episode of the Today’s Conveyancer Podcast host David Opie discusses the challenges firms face with the Building Safety Act (BSA). Liz Ramsden and Hannah Page, Senior Associate and Associate respectively at law firm Knights who have immersed themselves in all things Building Safety Act and now act on behalf of Knights in […]

An American Adventure

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

Chief Revenue Officer at Cashroom Alex Holt joins Today’s Conveyancer Podcast host David Opie to discuss his Cashroom and the development of the business over the last 10 years. Cashroom offer outsourced finance functions for law firms across the UK; and has grown as a number of factors have come together to place pressure on […]

CLSQ launches Lack of Mortgagee Protection Clause policy

CLSQ has launched a Lack of Mortgagee Protection Clause policy to smooth the conveyancing process on leasehold properties where there is no mortgagee protection clause included in the lease, or where the clause is defective. The policy insures a lender for any shortfall on the mortgage advance on a leasehold property following re-entry and/or forfeiture […]

A reflection on National Conveyancing Week

As the curtain falls on another successful National Conveyancing Week, I consider the opinions shared over the course of the programme and question, with this renewed sense of togetherness, how we keep that enthusiasm up throughout the year. I was struck by a comment in Monday’s session on Creating a Digital Property Market, noting how […]

Market conditions, the material information debate, and normalising climate change

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

The Today’s Conveyancer podcast talks to Chief Operating Officer at environmental data and search provider Groundsure, Malcolm Smith. After nearly 20 years in the sector Malcolm is known to many and in a refreshingly honest discussion, he shares his thoughts on current market conditions, the up front information debate, and normalising climate change advice for […]

Diary of a high street conveyancer: 25th March 2024

I often think about the ‘good old days’ of conveyancing but this week, I had cause to reflect on something which does illustrate that processes were so much easier in the old days. I have just completed the purchase of a leasehold apartment. I have served the notice on the managing agents and as is […]

Diary of a high street conveyancer: 18th March 2024

So National Conveyancing Week is over – and what a week it was! From on line panel discussions to awards ceremonies  – it had everything that a conveyancer needs! We can see where the market is going and what is likely to be of interest to us in the next year. As I have often […]

National Conveyancing Week 2024 Special Episode – HMLR in Conversation

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

This special edition of the Today’s Conveyancer Podcast is guest hosted by one of the founders of National Conveyancing Week Rob Hailstone. Rob speaks with HM Land Registry’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Customer and Strategy Mike Harlow. Rob questions Mike about progress on the registrations backlogs, consistency of response from HMLR,  lender updates, […]