Artificial Intelligence: The good, the bad and the ugly

The SRA’s Annual AML Assessment found that 70% of law firms believed they were fully compliant, when they were not.  This is a statistic that should shock everyone. A key challenge facing the industry is that many legal and conveyancing firms believe they have sufficient processes for AML/PEPs checks.  However, if a firm’s onboarding process […]

Empathy: it’s our superpower

I have a complex relationship with online communities. For my professional network, they provide beneficial opportunities to meet likeminded colleagues from across the profession. They’re a useful place to share news, event information, best practice and break down the boundaries between business owners. Obviously, there are recruitment benefits for both employers and employees. It expands […]

The HBSG Discussion Paper: What’s going on, the need and our solution

Blockchain Used To Create End To End Home Buying Journey

In 2023, the Home Buying and Selling Council (HBSG) launched its first ever ‘Discussion Paper’ on how to improve the home buying and selling process now and in the future and to gather the thoughts and ideas from those at the coal face, as to what will work and what the unintended consequences might be. […]

Diary of a High Street Conveyancer: 7th May 2024

I like Bank Holidays – a chance to think about the week ahead and delight in the idea of a four day week but the difficulty with a four day week for a conveyancer is that we have to squash five days into four!  I applaud  those firms which offer four day working weeks but […]

Confessions of a cyber conveyancer

If you spend any time on LinkedIn, you’ll have probably reached the conclusion that conveyancing is riddled with factions holding increasingly polarised views. Whilst as with all things, it’s the vocal minority that are grabbing their virtual pitchforks, a number of areas do seem to have attracted particular ire. Firstly, experienced lawyers are bemoaning the […]

Conveyancers Need to Work Less and Earn More!

We keep telling ourselves as Conveyancers and business leaders that our Conveyancers need to do less – with additional work through conveyancing creep a significant issue – and our Conveyancers need to be paid more for their invaluable work. So, what’s the problem – how do we pay more and do less – provide a […]

Diary of a High Street Conveyancer: 29th April 2024

Well what a week! Whoever said the life of a conveyancer was dull.  I  had four contract packages to review this week and they had all used the new TA6 form  – it was relatively straightforward and in fact, many of the  questions were not relevant to the sale of a freehold house without solar […]

We’re all human, we all make mistakes

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

Joining the latest Today’s Conveyancer Podcast is Dan Temple, an expert in acknowledging and understanding the human impact of working, and managing employees and businesses. The discussion centres on creating effective and high performing teams, and what steps law firms can, and should, be taking to enable this in their business. Dan leads Cobalt Human […]

Time to embrace change

Julie Williams, Head of Service Delivery at Complete ASAP addresses the impact of the full Material Information guidance The recent release of the full material information guidance from National Trading Standards (NTSELAT), means that the conveyancing industry (encompassing all stakeholders), must collectively take stock of where it is today, and address how it will embrace […]

Diary of a high street conveyancer: 22nd April 2024

I am acting in the sale of a house. I drafted the contract this week to send to the buyer’s solicitor. When I downloaded the Official copy entries, the title was easy – the Property Register just stated that the house was freehold and gave the full address and the Proprietorship Register just had the […]

Cross-market data shows ‘optimistic signs’ for summer but still ‘reactive to external shocks’

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

The latest cross-market data from Landmark shows a “cautiously optimistic” market – although one that is still “highly reactive to external shocks” such as fluctuating interest rates.  Landmark’s newly released Q1 Residential Property Trends report offers a comprehensive analysis of property data from the first quarter of the year, examining the entire residential property transaction […]

Diary of a high street conveyancer: 14th April 2024

Something has been bothering me this week; you know that niggling thing in the back of your mind that you can’t quite put your finger on… Well, I think I know what it is so let me try and share my thoughts with you It seems to me that firms charge more for acting in […]

What is a digital property logbook?

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

What are digital property logbooks, and why are they important to the future of property transactions? To answer these questions, and more, the Today’s Conveyancer podcast welcomes on Nigel Walley; founder and CEO of property logbook company Chimni, and Chair of the Residential Logbook Association. Nigel explains what the key differences between logbooks and Google […]

AML Compliance: Comprehensive Guide to Source of Funds for Conveyancers and Legal Practitioners

Compliance with Anti-Money Laundering is crucial for maintaining the integrity of financial transactions in the realm of conveyancing and property transactions. At the core of this endeavour is the verification of the source of funds, which is essential for identifying and mitigating money laundering risks. To help conveyancers and legal practitioners navigate this process better, […]

Diary of a high street conveyancer: 8th April

I have a long standing client (who was a friend before he was a client) and he sometimes ‘dabbles’ in property. You know the sort of client I mean – always looking for that property which will make him some easy money.  He will call me on a Tuesday morning to tell me that he […]

Confessions of a cyber conveyancer

The previously serene waters of the conveyancing world have been experiencing a little turbulence over the last few months. There are concerns that Material Information ( MI ) is the thin end of a particularly fat wedge that undermines the lawyer, resulting in the end of proper conveyancing as we know it. Then there are […]

Reducing the compliance burden and improving the transaction experience

Today's Conveyancer Podcast

Compliance business boss Tim Barnett joins the latest Today’s Conveyancer Podcast to discuss the work being done to improve the process, and experience for consumers, of anti-money laundering, customer due diligence and know your client verification. As CEO of ID and AML verification business Credas, Tim is well aware of the challenges this presents to […]