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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Be careful you do not leave anything behind: will we see the end of chambers?

Charles Feeny

Experience of practice by digital support suggests that working practices will become much more informal and spontaneous, not requiring support by specific entities or even contractual arrangements. This is likely to be particularly true of the Bar, which is or should be a profession focusing on individuals. The future of the Bar is more likely to resemble a library as seen in Scotland and Ireland – albeit an electronic library – rather than the traditional chambers structure.

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