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Exclusive: will-writers’ trade body launches unique ABS

The Institute of Professional Willwriters has won approval for a unique alternative business structure that will enable its members and others to access related legal services for their clients, and share in the fees generated.

July 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »

Is that really you?

Solicitors have been given another wake-up call with regards to criminal clones this month by their regulator. In its second annual risk outlook, delivered last week, bogus law firms were elevated to being one of the key risks facing the profession. How does your firm protect itself from this risk?

July 10th, 2014 | No Comments »

Law Society signs joint venture deal to create conveyancing portal

The Law Society has teamed up with software company Mastek UK Limited to deliver its conveyancing portal, which aims to speed up the home-buying process. The pair have set up a joint venture company called Legal Practice Technologies Ltd.

July 7th, 2014 | No Comments »

SRA goes ahead with £500,000 PII limit but postpones other reforms

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has decided to go ahead with cutting the minimum compulsory cover for indemnity insurance from £2m to £500,000, despite strong opposition from the Law Society.

July 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Getting people moving – AA accelerates into conveyancing

The AA – which research found recently to be the UK’s most trusted brand – has launched a conveyancing service in its first move since receiving an alternative business structure (ABS) licence in late 2013.

June 24th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

A conveyancing client’s plea

Having recently been involved in property transactions in different parts of England and Wales, I can speak as a consumer of legal services. After attending last week’s Legal Futures‘ conference, I also feel up to speed on the direction technology in general is moving. What strikes me is that some solicitors continue to work in a kind of parallel universe, in which ‘older’ technologies like e-mail and digital scanning have been incorporated into the conveyancing process, but the piecemeal fashion in which it has been brought in makes its acceptance seem grudging.

June 24th, 2014 | 7 Comments »

PSG sponsor the SLC Roadshow in Manchester

Market leading conveyancing search provider PSG, will once again support the Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) as sponsors at their regional Roadshow in July.

June 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

“Give clients what they want – not what you think they need”, digital pioneers tell law firms

Three leading digital pioneers yesterday told law firms to “give clients what they want” rather than what they think clients want, whether that is a daily blog or free legal documents.

June 17th, 2014 | No Comments »

CML warns on indemnity reforms: “Lenders will cut their panels”

Small firms and sole practitioners could be removed from conveyancing panels if the Solicitors Regulation Authority goes ahead with its indemnity insurance reforms, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has warned.

June 6th, 2014 | No Comments »

Hudson: SRA insurance reform will “destroy high street conveyancing”

Preventing mortgage lenders from claiming on solicitors’ compulsory indemnity insurance will “destroy high street conveyancing”, Law Society chief executive Des Hudson has said, in a wide-ranging speech on the state of the profession.

May 19th, 2014 | No Comments »