InfoTrack: Key ESG and Climate Change considerations for conveyancers

19th July 2023 at 2:00 pm - Online

ESG (environmental, social, governance) is creating new risks, as well as opportunities, for all sectors, with law firms increasingly having to demonstrate their ESG policies and credentials. Climate change is the most critical of all the ESG risks, and conveyancers who fail to warn their clients about such risks are falling short of their professional duties, with potentially serious consequences.

Stephen Sykes, Head of Climate, Environment and Sustainability at Capital Law and member of the City of London Law Society’s new ESG Group will be joined by Andrew Crawshaw, Senior Account Manager at Groundsure, as well as Roxanne Bailey, Property Report Product Specialist at InfoTrack, and together they will discuss:

• implications for new builds
• implications for existing properties
• climate change and the impact on housing
• implications for conveyancers, including:

– guidance from The Law Society
– duty to warn clients
– role of climate searches and associated reporting
– the retainer – inadvisability of removing climate advice from your retainer
– professional indemnity insurance risk
– acquiring and maintaining competence to advise.