Conveyancers celebrate 21 years of electronic searches

Conveyancers celebrate 21 years of electronic searches

Conveyancers in England and Wales celebrate 21 years of electronic searches following launch of NLIS

21 years ago today, the digital transformation of the local authority local land charge sector began thanks to the launch of the National Land Information Service (NLIS) – an organisation set up at the request of government in April 2001 to bring the local land charge sector online, making the homebuying process quicker and smoother.

Over the past 21 years, the NLIS “Hub” – the platform which provides a single point of electronic access to every local authority in England and Wales as well as HM Land Registry, the Coal Authority and others – has processed over 26 million conveyancing searches.

Back in 2001, conveyancers and solicitors would place search requests with local land charge officers by phone, DX, post or fax. The arrival of NLIS meant a quicker response and a more seamless process with less administration.

Whilst the NLIS Hub isn’t the only method of carrying out land and property searches, it is the only one agreed upon between central and local government, regulated by Land Data, and which includes data from every local authority in England and Wales.

Crucially, all searches carried out through the Hub are “authoritative searches”, using data from source, ensuring its provenance, value and giving homebuyers (and their solicitors) the reassurance they need. Conveyancers and solicitors also benefit from simple online payment systems, reduced risk and liability, and 24/7 accessibility.

Land Data, the NLIS regulator, is also announcing today that it has signed contracts with all seven NLIS channel partners for the next two years – the organisations via whom conveyancers and solicitors request searches. This is the highest number of channels in NLIS history, representing a significant share of the overall land and property search market.

Fiona Barron, Land Data Chief Executive, commented:

“NLIS has come of age and is as valuable now as it was 21 years ago, offering the legal community secure access to conveyancing search data with total confidence the information they receive will be from source, with all statutory indemnities in place. We’re looking forward to the next 21 years!”

Nick Dyoss, the NLIS Hub Director and Founding Member of the Conveyancing Information Executive (CIE), said:

“It is great news that we have renewed our seven channel contracts to 2024, enabling us to continue providing our unique service to conveyancers from across the UK – connecting them to every local authority in England and Wales. The NLIS channel network is the largest it’s ever been and remains the safest and most secure hub on the market, offering the highest standards of electronic property search accessibility available today.”

This article was submitted to be published by Land Data as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Conveyancer. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Conveyancer.

Land Data

Land Data is the official government appointed organisation that manages and regulates the National Land Information Service (NLIS) contracts.

The company was established by IDeA in 2001 to serve the interests of the general public by making authoritative property search information accessible electronically to all, whilst at the same time improving the home buying and selling process. Land Data’s role is to ultimately provide the legal sector, via NLIS, with official electronic land and property information at a fair price, safe in the knowledge that this information is from source and delivered through the only regulated, secure and truly national provider in England and Wales. We do this by working with both public and private partners to improve access to authoritative land and property information. The company’s main activity is the management and regulation of the commercial contracts underpinning NLIS.

The National Land Information Service (NLIS) is the electronic market leader in the conveyancing searches market. Since 2001 it has been providing a secure gateway to authoritative data providers in England and Wales including every Local Authority in England and Wales, HMLR, the Coal Authority and water companies.  All searches ordered through an NLIS licensed channel are classified as ‘official’ searches, because users are connected directly to land and property information held by official sources of land and property data. Solicitors and conveyancers benefit from an efficient service, safe in the knowledge that the searches are not only authoritative but comprehensive and insured.  NLIS is the safest, most secure and only regulated data hub in the land and property information market.

Contact details for existing NLIS channels can be seen here

For information on applying for a NLIS channel license click here

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