Property


Conveyancing paralegal banned for trying to cover up mistake

31 July 2020

A conveyancing paralegal who tried to cover up her mistake in not sending an updated plan to the buyers’ solicitor has been banned from working in the profession.


Land Registry embraces ‘witnessed electronic signatures’

27 July 2020

The last strict requirement to print and sign a paper document in a property transaction was removed today as HM Land Registry began accepting ‘witnessed electronic signatures’.


Consumers “will no longer tolerate” paper-based conveyancing

17 July 2020

There are still too many paper-based processes in conveyancing and consumers will no longer tolerate it in the wake of Covid-19, the chairman of HM Land Registry has argued.


Agreement seeks to “smooth” home-buying process

6 July 2020

A voluntary cross-industry agreement to improve the home-buying process – including earlier instructions to conveyancers – is being mooted.


Simplify adds major conveyancing firm to ranks

26 June 2020

Consolidation at the top end of the conveyancing market is speeding up after Simplify announced the acquisition of a leading London and South East firm, the second private equity-backed deal this week.


Work still at 50% of pre-Covid levels, says NAHL

25 June 2020

NAHL plc has seen a modest recovery since lockdown restrictions eased but personal injury and conveyancing work is still at 50% of pre-Covid levels.


Conveyancing “roaring back”, says fast-growing ABS

24 June 2020

A rapidly expanding alternative business structure which combines conveyancing and mortgage advice is expecting a record month as the property market roars back.


Email interception “weakest link” in fight against cybercrime

24 June 2020

Security experts have highlighted email interception as the “weakest link” in firms’ defences against cybercrime in the property market.


PE-backed conveyancing firm hits acquisition trail

23 June 2020

Leading conveyancing firm O’Neill Patient – which was last year bought by a private equity firm – has acquired Cavendish Legal Group, the first of what it says will be “a number of acquisitions”.


Solicitor failed to advise on “obvious risks” of off-plan schemes

23 June 2020

A solicitor who failed to advise on the “obvious risks” of four off-plan property development schemes has been fined £10,000. His advice was “so inadequate as to be incompetent”.

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