Insight: Conveyancing

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13 July 2015


The second issue of Legal Futures Insight explores some of the big changes shaping the future of conveyancing.

With award-winning marketing, massive investment and a later than expected launch, Veyo has finally arrived. Leading conveyancers, including the head of a top five firm, the new president of the Law Society and licensed conveyancers myhomemove give their very different reactions.

Lender Exchange has been with us for longer, but it is only this year that it has signed up virtually every active conveyancing firm – almost 5,000. Insight 2 finds out whether Lender Exchange, and its smaller rival LMS, will make life simpler, easier and quicker for conveyancers or add to their burdens.

Meanwhile we investigate how the Land Registry is trying to drag the world of local land charges into the 21st Century by digitising data traditionally kept by local authorities. Search providers are divided on the issue, with one predicting that “the likelihood of it going smoothly is almost zero”.

Meanwhile the property market has been extremely healthy, particularly after the general election. Sheila Kumar, chief executive of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers and Victoria Hurdley from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives discuss their plans to tackle increasing demand for qualified staff, while responding to the changing market.


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McKenzie Friends – a storm in a teapot

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If the recent furore about McKenzie Friend Marketplace shows anything, it is that the profession remains acutely sensitive to the apparent threat of competition by unregulated entrants into the legal landscape. But for an outside observer, the whole McKenzie Friend debate remains curiously overblown: if not a storm in a teacup, a storm at least in a teapot. For all the characteristic sturm und drang of the Law Society’s response to last year’s senior judiciary consultation, there was pretty widespread agreement among most respondents that McKenzie Friends are here to stay.

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