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Tech firm enlists conveyancing expertise in quest to conquer enquiries

Legal technology startup Collaborative Conveyancing has announced the hiring of a new Strategic and Conveyancing Advisor in its mission to reduce the burden of enquiries on practitioners.

Marion Palmann, Strategic and Conveyancing Advisor, Collaborative Conveyancing

New arrival Marion Palmann is described as “one of the most successful conveyancers in recent past” having been one of the earliest solicitors to make the switch to the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) to become a licensed conveyancer in 1995, subsequently sitting on the regulator’s Board for 13 years.

Palmann has also sat on committees at the Land Registry and elsewhere alongside co-founding conveyancing firm Pirie Palmann Ltd, which was sold to Simply Conveyancing in 2021.

As such, Collaborative Conveyancing said Palmann brings with her “a huge wealth of knowledge and experience of the conveyancing market”. Upon joining the legaltech firm, Palmann said:

“I am all for making conveyancers’ lives better and wholeheartedly believe that handling enquiries is one of the most painful tasks we have to engage in. It can also be a stumbling block for trainees who aspire to become fully-fledged conveyancers.”

Palmann added that the enthusiasm and desire of Collaborative Conveyancing co-founder Chris Harris to solve the enquiries dilemma was a key driver in her involvement with the project. Harris commented:

“When I heard that Marion was interested in joining our business, I was delighted that someone that is so highly regarded and experienced would be interested in supporting us.

We are honoured that Marion has chosen to work with us, and as with her previous roles she has already got stuck in, adding her detailed, well-considered, and balanced conveyancing experience to train our natural language processing model and helping us define how we can best help conveyancers of all sizes and types.”

Collaborative Conveyancing said Palmann will support the building of semi-automated solutions to the plethora of enquiries that “cause so much delay and stress” with many being “purely administrative in nature”.

This comes after the firm last week reported that it had won a substantial Innovate UK grant and completed a fund-raising round to enable it to further develop its work to help conveyancers reduce the pressures of conveyancing enquiries through the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

One Response

  1. Easy fix – if the CLC insisted their lawyers only submit enquiries according to the same (Protocol) rules that bind solicitors, that would cut down on a huge amount of unnecessary enquiries.

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