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Quotes? What quotes? Most conveyancing firms refuse to give them over the phone

Some 60% of conveyancing firms refuse to give fee quotes over the phone and, whether they do or not, the majority then fail to follow-up with their prospective client, ‘mystery shopper’ research has revealed.

September 30th, 2015 | No Comments »

Exclusive: Software suppliers unite to launch free rival to Veyo

A free version of conveyancing portal Veyo, called Free2Convey, is to be launched by the Legal Software Suppliers Association (LSSA) at the end of this month. Matt Lancaster, chair of the LSSA, said he hoped as many law firms as possible would use it.

September 7th, 2015 | No Comments »

Top five conveyancing firms gain most from property surge

The top five conveyancing firms handled 10% more transactions in the second quarter of this year than in the same quarter the previous year, research has shown. However, the bottom half of the top 100 have showed the fastest growth over the past four years.

August 19th, 2015 | No Comments »

Hudson replaced as Veyo chair by turnaround specialist

Des Hudson, former chief executive of the Law Society, has left his post as chair of conveyancing portal Veyo, it has been announced. His replacement, Ian Gray, is a ‘turnaround management’ specialist.

August 18th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

Fairpoint buys Colemans-ctts

Fairpoint Group has bought volume personal injury and conveyancing firm Colemans-ctts for £9m, plus a further £7m, linked to performance. The purchase brings Fairpoint’s income from consumer legal services to 62%.

August 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Barnett “very surprised” by striking-off and considering appeal

Richard Barnett, former chair of the Law Society’s land law and conveyancing committee, has told Legal Futures that he is “very surprised” at the decision by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) earlier this week that he should be struck off.

July 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Law firm should have warned property investors about “notoriously crime-ridden” Calabria

A law firm with offices in Italy and England was under a duty to warn British and Irish property investors of the risks of investing in a part of Italy associated with organised crime, the High Court has ruled.

July 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

Solicitor escapes lack of integrity charge by pleading incompetence

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has allowed a solicitor to continue to practise despite the fact he used “his incompetence as a shield” against the lack of integrity that was alleged, after he unwittingly facilitated a mortgage fraud that cost his lender client £744,000.

June 29th, 2015 | No Comments »

Big firms hit hardest by fall in conveyancing transactions, report finds

The top five conveyancing firms handled 36% fewer transactions in the first quarter of this year, a report has found, and their market share dropped from 8% to 6%. On average, firms handled 14% fewer transactions and the number of firms also fell.

June 8th, 2015 | No Comments »

“Veyo will fail”, predicts CEO of UK’s biggest conveyancer

The chief executive of Britain’s biggest conveyancing firm, myhomemove, has predicted that Veyo, the online portal launched yesterday by the Law Society and Mastek, “will fail”. Doug Crawford was unveiling a new version of myhomemove’s eWay.

May 27th, 2015 | No Comments »