Property


Solicitor struck off for “sophisticated” Land Registry fraud

14 April 2021

A solicitor jailed for more than three years for forging Land Registry documents in a family dispute with the owners of a Newcastle takeaway has been struck off.


Conveyancing giant enters the big leagues as acquisitions pay off

14 April 2021

Simplify, the private equity-owned group that leads the conveyancing market, is now one of the largest legal businesses in the country with a turnover of £139m last year, its accounts have shown.


Fine for solicitor who acted on both sides in “undue influence” house sale

13 April 2021

A solicitor acted for both sides in a house sale at an undervalue between a 78-year-old woman and her 34-year-old boyfriend, which was set aside by the High Court on the grounds of undue influence.


Negligence claim against Irwin Mitchell thrown out after assignment

13 April 2021

National law firm Irwin Mitchell has been granted summary judgment in a professional negligence claim because the retainer prevented its former client assigning his cause of action.


Ince launches client onboarding solution for estate agents

12 April 2021

Listed law firm Ince has launched a product to help estate agents onboard clients in a way that meets the demands of anti-money laundering regulations.


Law Commission eyes home-buying reform and digital justice projects

26 March 2021

Rethinking the home-buying process – including bringing an end to caveat emptor – and putting digital justice on a firm footing are among projects being considered by the Law Commission.


Solicitor struck off for forging signatures while a trainee

19 March 2021

A solicitor who forged a qualified colleague’s signature on conveyancing documents while still a trainee has been struck off, with a tribunal rejecting her claim that she had been authorised to do it.


Conveyancers offered digital ID check ‘safe harbour’

15 March 2021

HM Land Registry published its first Digital Identity Standard last week, offering conveyancers a ‘safe harbour’ if they use it to verify their client’s identity digitally.


Solicitor and unadmitted wife reprimanded over work on client files

10 March 2021

A former solicitor who had access to the files of matters he had referred to his conveyancing manager wife has been given the lowest-level sanction by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal


Budget: Get ready for a very busy six months, conveyancers told

4 March 2021

Conveyancers are facing more cliff edges and greater pressures on their practices following Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to extend the stamp duty holiday.

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