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Law firms, legal executives and licensed conveyancers join forces to lobby for leasehold reform

A new property law alliance, the Legal Sector Group, has written to the government with a detailed set of proposals on leasehold reform. It brings together the Conveyancing Association, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, the Society of Licensed Conveyancers and the Bold Legal Group. The Law Society has decided not to join.

June 21st, 2017 | No Comments »

ABS preparing to launch group negligence action against conveyancers

An alternative business structure is preparing to launch a group negligence action against conveyancers working for the developers and purchasers of ‘help to buy’ leasehold housing. Louie Burns, managing partner and co-owner of Leasehold Law, said the total damages claimed could potentially top £500m.

April 25th, 2017 | 6 Comments »

Conveyancers sanctioned for advice failures and registration oversight

A conveyancer who failed to report important details to lender clients or follow their instructions in over 100 transactions has been fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Meanwhile, an assistant solicitor who failed to secure a party’s interest in a property by registering a form at the Land Registry, has been fined £5,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

June 7th, 2016 | No Comments »

Sole practitioner struck off for “masterclass in failure to comply”

A sole practitioner has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for a “catalogue of proven breaches” of the rules which “amounted to a masterclass in failure to comply with the basic requirements of practice as a solicitor”.

May 19th, 2016 | No Comments »

Free2Convey to relaunch “within weeks”

Free2Convey, the conveyancing portal designed as a free rival to the Law Society’s failed portal Veyo, is to relaunch itself to conveyancers, estate agents and the public “within weeks”, it has emerged. Matt Lancaster, who has led work on the portal, said he hoped it would be used by most conveyancing firms by the end of this year.

May 11th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Land Registry can sue conveyancers for mortgage misrepresentations, High Court rules

The Land Registry can sue a former law firm for negligent misrepresentation in not checking whether a mortgage discharge form was genuine, the High Court has decided. Master Matthews admitted there was no fiduciary relationship between law firm and Land Registry.

March 29th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Cheap is not cheerful, as only one in 10 choose conveyancer on price

The proportion of people selecting their conveyancer on price has fallen to only one in ten, a survey of 5,400 home movers has shown. The same survey found that only three years ago 20% of clients chose the cheapest.

March 23rd, 2016 | 3 Comments »

NAHL drives on conveyancing market push with comparison site launch

NAHL Group – the business that owns the National Accident Helpline – has accelerated its march into conveyancing with the launch of a legal comparison site. The Solicitor Finder is initially focused on the residential property sector but will be expanded into other sectors in due course.

March 3rd, 2016 | No Comments »

Court of Appeal overturns dishonesty findings against solicitors

Findings of dishonesty, especially against solicitors, should not be made without “the most careful consideration” of what they say in their defence, appeal judges have warned in a case in which they overturned a High Court decision that two solicitors were guilty of “dishonest assistance in a breach of trust”.

February 9th, 2016 | No Comments »

Free2Convey to launch next month, with the focus on security

Free2Convey, which began as a free rival to failed conveyancing portal Veyo, is to formally launch to all conveyancers at the start of next month. Matt Lancaster, chair of Legal Software Suppliers Association, said the aim was to “create a trusted community”.

January 20th, 2016 | No Comments »