Property


Solicitor who changed dates of charges with Tipp-Ex struck off

27 October 2020

A property lawyer who used Tipp-Ex to change the dates of charges he needed to register at Companies House has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.


MP urges government to raise conveyancing standards

8 October 2020

A Conservative MP has urged the government to establish “minimum standards regarding searches and assessments of risk” by residential conveyancers.


LeO warns over emerging trend of holiday sickness complaints

7 October 2020

The Legal Ombudsman has warned law firms against making holiday sickness claims without “verifying the version of events” obtained by claims management companies as complaints rise.


Law Society conveyancing scheme a “barrier to competition”

7 October 2020

The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme is a “market barrier”, blocking entry to non-solicitor law firms, the Competition and Markets Authority has been told.


Report calls for disclosure, not ban, of estate agent referral fees

5 October 2020

The much-anticipated report from National Trading Standards on estate agents charging referral fees has not recommended banning the practice, calling instead for mandatory disclosure.


Property industry urges sellers to instruct lawyers from the start

25 September 2020

Conveyancers, estate agents, surveyors and others have signed up to an ‘industry pledge’ that urges sellers to instruct a lawyer before, or at the same time as, they put their property on the market.


Convicted conveyancer struck off for facilitiating mortgage fraud

15 September 2020

A conveyancer who recklessly facilitated a mortgage fraud before being convicted of three money laundering offences and then failing to surrender to bail has been struck off.


Second summary judgment issued against firm in three months

1 September 2020

The High Court has issued a second summary judgment ruling against EAD Solicitors arising from the alleged fraudulent activities of a businessman in collusion with a former partner of the Liverpool law firm.


Solicitor under-declared sale prices to pocket stamp duty

17 August 2020

A solicitor who falsified returns to HM Revenue & Customs so as to underpay stamp duty land tax and pocket the difference in a bid to keep his firm afloat has been struck off.


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.

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