OneSearch Direct offer five free Lawyer Checker searches to combat bogus law firms

OneSearch Direct offer five free Lawyer Checker searches to combat bogus law firms

To celebrate the successful integration with Lawyer Checker, OneSearch Direct have announced they are offering five free Lawyer Checker Account and Entity Screen (AES) searches to their customers. The offer, eligible until 30th September, will be made available to those who have yet to order a Lawyer Checker report via OneSearch Direct.

To address the increasing threat of vendor fraud, OneSearch Direct, the largest local authority data search company in the UK, are reaffirming their longstanding commitment to compliance. Last month, they created an automated facility to access Lawyer Checker results. This means conveyancing professionals are now able to perform checks at the click of a button through the OneSearch platform, allowing for enhanced risk mitigation.

By offering five free Lawyer Checker searches, OneSearch Direct are giving customers the opportunity to experience the full benefits of Lawyer Checker, and further protect themselves against bogus firms.

The SRA’s latest Risk Outlook explains how victims of bogus law firms do not have access to the Compensation Fund, nor are they covered by the normal regulatory protections that apply when dealing with an SRA regulated firm. Nearly half of all reported bogus lawyers in 2014 were related to the identity theft of genuine firms. A 101% increase in these reports, on 2012, signifies this alarming rise in vendor fraud.

Lidia Quinlan, Channel Manager at OneSearch Direct, comments:

“We’re delighted to have received such a positive response after the Lawyer Checker integration. It is testament to how proactive solicitors are becoming, to ensure the legitimacy of a vendor conveyancer. It’s certainly something my own clients have voiced concerns over, and with good reason: they want to make sure their own clients have a safe and smooth transaction. The last thing any firm wants is negligence claims or reputation damage.

“A quick glance at the SRA scam alert search will highlight the magnitude of vendor fraud. Every day, there are reports of law firms’ names being misused for fraudulent purposes. By using a Lawyer Checker AES search, you can quickly identify if there is a track record of previous use associated with an account, or whether it presents a potential risk. With the PI season in full swing, everyone is looking to lower their premiums, and we always recommend taking pre-emptive steps to reduce the risk of PI increases. We believe using Lawyer Checker is a worthwhile exercise for any solicitor, in practising due diligence.”

Stephen Vickers, Operations Manager, Lawyer Checker explains:

“Due diligence requires all solicitors and conveyancers to check the firm that they are sending monies to. The SRA’s most recent Risk Outlook yet again proves that checking the roll of solicitors is no longer enough.

“Lawyer Checker offers peace of mind to both the legal practitioner and the client, whether borrower or lender. Its growth over 2014 and into 2015 demonstrates that more and more law firms are looking to reduce the uncertainty in this uncertain era for conveyancers and purchasers alike.”

If you haven’t yet ordered a Lawyer Checker report via OneSearch Direct, you can order FIVE free Lawyer Checker searches between now and 30th September 2015.

For more information call OneSearch Direct on 0800 052 0117, or email [email protected].





OneSearch Direct are a leading property search company providing fast, accurate and quality assured search information to conveyancing solicitors and other property professionals.
Established more than 20 years ago, we have a vast wealth of experience in processing and managing property search information and continually invest and adapt our services to suit the changing needs of our customers and the market place.

We provide a complete solution for residential and commercial property searches, making it easier to order and manage every element of the search process required in a property transaction.
Added to that, our searches are also backed with a fully comprehensive professional indemnity insurance of £10 Million for both residential and commercial, giving our customers complete confidence and peace of mind in our service.

By employing state of the art IT infrastructure, we are able to streamline our processes, providing us with extensive volume capability and the ability to facilitate full electronic ordering and delivery of a broad range of property search reports including:

  • Local Searches
  • Land Registry Documents
  • Water & Drainage Searches – Personal & CON29DW
  • Remortgage Searches
  • Mining Reports
  • Environmental, Planning & Flood Reports
  • Chancel Repair Reports
  • Utility Searches Telecommunications and Transport Searches
  • Telecommunications Searches
  • Transport Searche

Although we use the latest technology, at the core of our service is a team of highly skilled people who are dedicated to personally managing your account, ensuring excellent customer service at all times.
OneSearch Direct subscribe to the Search Code and are founder members of the Council of Property Search Organisation (COPSO), as well as being an Appointed Representative of Northcott Beaton Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

Contact: Elizabeth Jarvis

Tel: 0800 052 0117

Email: [email protected]

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