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Exclusive: only 13% of home movers choose cheapest conveyancer, major survey reveals

A major survey of 4,500 home movers has found that only 13% chose the conveyancer offering the cheapest fee. The survey also found that people were more likely to recommend their estate agent to friends than their conveyancer.

January 26th, 2015 | No Comments »

Third law firm fined for involvement in SDLT avoidance scheme

A third law firm has been fined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for its involvement in a stamp duty avoidance scheme operated by Inventive Tax Strategies.

January 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »

SRA shuts Manchester firm – four months after banning director from conveyancing

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has closed down a Manchester law firm, more than four months after banning its director from conveyancing and ordering him to go on a mortgage fraud and money laundering course.

January 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

Law Society fails to block Find a Solicitor negligence action

The Law Society has failed in a bid to block a High Court action against it for negligent misrepresentation, after a bogus solicitor got himself listed on the society’s Find a Solicitor website and stole money from a house purchaser.

December 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Compensation Fund could pay the price after High Court buy-to-let ruling

The Solicitors Compensation Fund could be hit by a new wave of property claims after a High Court ruling on two test cases relating to a buy-to-let scheme.

November 7th, 2014 | No Comments »

Supreme Court backs law firm in breach of trust dispute

The Supreme Court has backed a law firm’s arguments that, following a breach of trust, it should have to pay in damages only the amount which the lender would have lost if the breach had not occurred.

November 6th, 2014 | No Comments »

Law firm failed in duties to mortgage company, High Court rules

Home Counties law firm B Legal failed in its duties to a purchaser of mortgage-backed securities, the High Court has held, in two of the four test cases it considered.

October 28th, 2014 | No Comments »

Final striking-off brings £13m Wolstenhomes saga to a close

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has struck off Nasir Ilyas, the last partner of North West firm Wolstenholmes to be disciplined for professional misconduct.

October 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

Parliament gives green light to open up probate and conveyancing rights

The House of Lords yesterday gave the final go-ahead for chartered legal executives and others with appropriate expertise to offer probate and conveyancing services without the supervision of solicitors.

October 24th, 2014 | No Comments »

CLS switches volume conveyancing partner

Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) has announced that it is switching its volume conveyancing partner, from Blacks in Leeds to TCS in Cheshire. It said working with TCS “will allow us to broaden our offering for customers and members, and will increase the capacity of our service”.

October 16th, 2014 | No Comments »