Following the launch of National Conveyancing Week 2024, organisers are now calling on the conveyancing, and wider property profession to lend their support and make plans to take part from 11th-15th March 2024.
Law firms and conveyancers are encouraged to submit their logo for inclusion on the Supporters page. Throughout the week there will be on and offline events to attend individually and available to review on-demand via the National Conveyancing Week YouTube channel. A full record of the 2023 events is also available.
As a not-for-profit enterprise National Conveyancing Week is reliant on the support of sponsors and is delighted to be able to announce the return of a number of 2023 supporters for the 2024 event, including Cashroom, DUAL, HantsWight Searches, Groundsure, The ESTAS, and Access Legal, TM Group and Movin Legal. The Conveyancing Foundation has also been confirmed as the Charity Partner.
A full agenda will be released in the New Year and will again feature fees and commercial considerations, mental health and staff well-being, education on the roles of others in the transaction, and collaboration. A national home moving survey will also be completed with the results reported on and discussed throughout the week.
Plans for 2024 include encouraging greater collaboration between the conveyancing profession and estate agents; a very relevant and timely opportunity given the recent release of guidance from National Trading Standards Estate and Lettings Agents Team (NTSELAT) around complying with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs).
Speaking on the Today’s Conveyancer podcast, Head of NTSELAT James Munro said there is an opportunity for estate agents and conveyancers to collaborate where greater legal understanding of the implications of issues like covenants, rights of way and restrictions exist on titles in order for that information to be displayed appropriately to would-be buyers.
One standout success from the 2023 event was the “Collaboration Coffee Morning” during which firms were encouraged to open their doors and welcome referrers, mortgage brokers, estate agents and the public in to the business to show them more about the day to day role of a conveyancer. “Lunch and learn” and “meet the team” events were held throughout the week with presentations on leasehold, lenders, indemnity insurance, SDLT, and AML. Firms will be encouraged to conduct similar events in 2024.
The idea for a National Conveyancing Week was first raised by Bold Legal Group founder and CEO Rob Hailstone in 2022 to recognise the incredible work of the profession throughout the pandemic as conveyancers battled lockdown, home schooling, home working and a property market boom as a result of the temporary stamp duty changes.
As Hailstone explains
“The profile of conveyancing and conveyancers needs to improve. We have seen many experienced and talented conveyancers and property lawyers leave the profession in recent years with the pressures of covid, stamp duty, scope creep and client expectations.
We must be doing more to educate the wider property community on the critical role conveyancers play in helping people move home and do much more to diminish this idea that we simply slow and block transactions.
Yes, we don’t make it easy for ourselves at times, but something needs to change.”
The core objectives of National Conveyancing Week are to Inform; Educate; Assist; Motivate; Reassure; Help recruit new entrants; Improve the profile of conveyancers and conveyancing and ensure fees can be set at and kept at an acceptable level.
If you are interested in supporting and/or sponsoring National Conveyancing Week 2024 please reach out to email@example.com.