Lucas & Wyllys solicitors expands into Norwich

Lucas & Wyllys Solicitors has announced the opening of a new branch in Norwich, complementing its existing Gorleston and Great Yarmouth presence. The firm, which has been in existence for 190 years, specialises in conveyancing, family and private client law says the expansion shows a “commitment to growth and serving clients across Norfolk.” The new […]

9 month suspended sentence for tipping off

In a first for the legal profession, a solicitor has been handed a 9 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, for “tipping off” a client about a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into the funding of a property purchase.  William Osmond, co-founder of Osmond and Osmond Solicitors Ltd, is the first solicitor to be […]

Windsor-based firm expands with acquisition

Windsor-based Charles Coleman has acquired acquires local firm Seakens Solicitors and expanded it’s operations into Virginia Water. The combined business will operate under the Charles Coleman LLP Solicitors name with the Virginia Water office being re-branded.  Commenting on the acquisition, Charles Coleman LLP Solicitor’s Managing Partner Nathan Kapoor, said “The development of our Windsor and […]

Conference returns to discuss the changing climate of law

Manchester -based law firm referral and fee-share scheme Lawshare is hosting it’s annual Management Conference in Manchester on Thursday 5th October. The conference will again be hosted at The Lowry Hotel and sees key decision makers come together to explore key challenges and opportunities. Titled “Law: The Climate is Changing” this year the Lawshare Conference […]

Diary of a high street conveyancer: 10th April 2023

It has been a very pleasant Easter/long weekend and it prompted me to think back on the last few Easter breaks. Go back to 2020 and we were in lockdown. 2021, we were in the midst of the SDLT exemption where the deadline had just been extended from the end of March to the end […]

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 […]

Diary of a high street conveyancer: 3rd October 2022

What a week – again! A week in which we were called on to dig deep and act as Agony Uncles and Aunts to our clients.  Much of this week was not about property law, but a matter of reassuring clients as best we could. Some of the questions I have been asked this week […]

20 years of high standards of consumer protection and product quality

The CON29DW Residential was developed in 2002 and 20 years on still provides vital drainage and water information for homebuyers. In September 2021, DWSN and the Law Society launched an updated CON29DW Commercial which standardised the commercial questions and also made provision for questions regarding wayleaves and easements. DWSN sets out clear Standards that ensure […]

Half of small businesses forced to increase prices as they battle rising costs

Half of small businesses forced to increase prices to cope with rising costs

Almost half (49%) of all small business owners in the UK are set to increase their prices as they look to battle rising costs, a new report reveals. The SME Insights Report, released by Simply Business, one of the UK’s biggest small business insurance providers, saw over 1,000 small business owners from across the UK surveyed. It lays […]

New chief executive for Law Society

The Law Society of England and Wales has appointed Ian Jeffery as chief executive who will take up his position in September. Interim chief executive Gerry Walsh will remain in post until then. Ian Jeffery joined Lewis Silkin in 1990 and qualified as a solicitor in 1992. He has extensive experience in information technology and intellectual […]

Regulator launches consultation to improve diversity in conveyancing


The number of women and people of colour in senior roles within conveyancing is still “unsatisfactory”, according to The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC). Despite the many initiatives aimed at lowering barriers to entry and ensuring fair career progression across the entire legal profession, the regulator says change is “very slow” – particularly for those […]

Rowlinsons Solicitors strengthen management team

The Cheshire based firm has made two senior appointments in newly created roles as they look to grow the practice and expand their in-house management expertise. Michelle Fisher has joined the Property Department as Conveyancing Manager. Michelle brings with her over 25 years of experience in residential property, having qualified as a Solicitor in 1999 […]

BREAKING NEWS: CMA instructs Dye & Durham to divest tmgroup


Following an in-depth Phase 2 investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally found that the acquisition of tmgroup by Dye & Durham substantially lessens competition in the supply of property search services and has now instructed Dye & Durham to divest the business. Dye & Durham, an international provider of cloud-based software and […]

The HR Director’s view; supporting your staff in the “new normal”

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

The Today’s Conveyancer podcast is joined by experienced HR Director Dan Creed to discuss culture, home and hybrid working, and employment in the “new normal.” With a background in fast growing retail, automotive, hospitality and technology businesses, Dan brings huge experience to his role as HR Director at tmgroup. Dan discusses the challenges of being […]

“Firms that invest in staff are the ones that will benefit in the long-run”


The challenges of the last two years have led to some serious self-reflection across our industry. While many of us have re-evaluated our work/life balance, others have reconsidered their career path and training prospects. With so many conveyancers leaving the industry over the last five years due to stress levels and unrealistic caseloads – me […]

Digital go-live for subject access requests

Digital go-live for subject access requests

Requests for personal information can now be made through a new digital service. A new digital service allowing individuals to request personal information is now available which aims to improve the user experience for subject access requests (SARs). The process allows individuals to request information held by the Legal Aid Agency and other parts of […]

Knights completes on Yorkshire and East Midlands acquisition

Knights completes on Yorkshire and East Midlands acquisition

Legal and professional services firm Knights has completed acquisition of Langleys Solicitors of York and Lincoln, in a deal worth £11.5 million. As one of the most well-known and substantial legal practices in York, Knights says the acquisition of Langleys will provide it with “a platform to realise the opportunity of the York legal market and expansion […]

Legal profession marks Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Legal profession marks Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Solicitors in England and Wales will mark the start of Neurodiversity Celebration Week, which challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said: “I am pleased to mark the start of Neurodiversity Celebration Week. Whoever you are and whatever your background, the Law Society wants you to have the opportunity […]