Diary Of A High Street Conveyancer: 20th November 2023

It is that time of year again – we are coming up to Christmas … so we have the mad rush of those house movers who did not realise that Christmas was on the 25th December (even though it is not a movable feast day like Easter!) and those who just want to be in […]

Better integrating surveys into the home moving process

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

This week the Today’s Conveyancer Podcast welcomes Rachel Griffiths Head of External Operations and Panel Management at SDL Surveyors. SDL Surveyors are one of the largest independent providers of mortgage valuations with over 200,000 cases per year. They also provide private home surveys directly on behalf of consumers and the topic of discussion in this […]

How is the UK housing market set to change in 2024?

Housing market

In recent years, property prices have largely followed a consistent upward trajectory; however the last 12 months have been anything but smooth sailing for the housing market. A combination of factors from rising interest rates, falling property prices, and shaky public confidence have been a perfect storm for the property market that looks to have […]

Course Considerations: CLC vs. SQE Unpacked

In a previous article we discussed which route to legal qualification might be right for aspiring legal professionals by taking a high-level view of CLC and SQE. In this article we will take a closer look at the qualification routes to see what is required to be successful in each and to consider the differences. […]

Choosing Your Path: CLC vs. SQE – Which Route to Legal Qualification is Right for You?

Aspiring legal professionals often face a crucial decision when embarking on their journey to legal qualification: choosing between the long established Licensed Conveyancer (CLC) route and the increasingly popular Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) route. Law Training Centre specialise in the provision of both pathways, each of which offer distinct advantages and cater to different career […]

The Ombudsman’s Corner: November 2023

The Ombudsman's Corner

Our approach to dealing with complaints about delay Along with poor communication, delays are the most common area of complaint that the Legal Ombudsman receives – last year, 21% of complaints that we investigated were either about an unreasonable delay or failure to progress. Unfortunately, many of the complaints that we see are avoidable. This […]

Who wants to be a consultant solicitor?

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

The Today’s Conveyancer Podcast welcomes Adrian Jaggard, a Director of Taylor Rose MW and AIIC Holdings, the parent of Taylor Rose MW, FDR Law and Sloth Move, amongst other investments in legal services and technology. The discussion centres on the growth of their consultant model of employment which, since launching in 2014, has grown to […]

The global rise of AI: opportunities and challenges

At the start of November, the government will host the first global summit on artificial intelligence (AI), with a focus on the safe use of AI. The AI Safety Summit will be at Bletchley Park, a venue representing innovation and pioneering, and once the top-secret home of WW2 codebreakers. The Summit will focus on the […]

Special Edition: Property Trends Q3 2023

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

In this shortened special edition of the Today’s Conveyancer podcast host David Opie is joined by Ochresoft MD Rob Gurney and Landmark Estate Agency Services MD Ben Robinson to discuss the latest Landmark Property Trends Report released recently. The quarterly report looks at 4 key stats drawn from a number of sources including HMLR and […]

Confessions of a Cyber Conveyancer

Ask anyone with an interest in technology how it’s going to change the lives of conveyancers and they’ll say that integration is the future.  (They might also say AI but that’s a bit tricky so let’s park that thought for now.) Thing is, no-one asks what integration actually looks like and what is the problem […]

Finding solutions to better manage enquiries

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

Enquiries are the topic of discussion for this latest Today’s Conveyancer Podcast. The bane of most conveyancer’s existence, there has been much discussion about the volume, and what might be considered triviality, of enquiries raised on property transitions. To discuss the issue host David Opie is joined by Peter Ambrose, CEO of The Partnership, a […]

Diary of a high street conveyancer: 15th October 2023

I have read a lot this week about firms downsizing.  The market is slowing and this is the time when firms will think about what they need to do. Some firms will start to make staff redundant (if they have   not already done so) and my heart goes out to those staff who are put […]

Keeping the search industry on its toes

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

The latest Today’s Conveyancer podcast welcomes on Kevin Johnson and Jeremy Dorkins to discuss their latest venture as founders of On Point Data, a new conveyancing search company launched in 2023. Following significant consolidation of the search market over the past 5 years we are starting to see new ventures enter the fray again. On […]

How can conveyancers prevent the risk of burnout in the workplace?

There’s no denying that conveyancing is a stressful career to navigate and workplace burnout may never be far away. It’s easy to ignore feelings of stress when days are hectic, but also crucial to step back occasionally and assess its impact on mental and physical health. Excessive workloads and constant work pressures make it ever […]

An honest appraisal of running a conveyancing practice

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

Running a busy conveyancing firm has its ups and down and you might have forgiven the latest guest on the Today’s Conveyancer podcast if he had packed his bags and walked away when he sold his stake in his law firm in 2019 12 years after he set it up in 2007. But Simon Thomas […]

World Mental Health Day; important resources

On Tuesday 10th October, World Mental Health Day 2023 takes place and this year’s theme is that ‘Mental health is a universal human right’. I can think of few people who wouldn’t agree with that and, in my view, any opportunity to raise awareness of mental health can only be a good thing, particularly in […]

Diary of a high street conveyancer: 9th October 2023

So what has happened in conveyancing world this week?   Well, I had a client who completed his house purchase in 2020 who emailed me to tell me that there was now an issue with the roof and asked if I could go back to the sellers’ solicitor to ask them about a contribution to […]

LEAP Modern Law Conveyancing Awards 2023 – Shortlist

LEAP Modern Law Conveyancing Awards 2023 – Shortlist We are thrilled to unveil the shortlist for the highly anticipated LEAP Modern Law Conveyancing Awards 2023. These awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the conveyancing field. Our esteemed panel of judges has meticulously reviewed submissions from across the industry, selecting outstanding individuals and firms who have […]

Work life matters: Communication

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard my clients’ people say “communication in our company isn’t very good”.  Now they may well mean what they say, but when I probe and ask for a bit more detail and nuance, it’s often lacking. Moaning about poor communication is sometimes the easy way out.  […]