Property


Property search merger “lessens competition”, CMA says

19 May 2022

The merger of two of the four big property search providers “substantially lessens competition” and the only remedy would be to break up the business, the CMA has provisionally found.


Solicitor who caused 25 claims on compensation fund struck off

12 May 2022

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has struck off a solicitor whose conduct has led to 25 claims on the SRA Compensation Fund totalling £750,000 from conveyancing clients.


Conveyancing firms “must apply” for PII two months before deadline

25 April 2022

Firms of licensed conveyancers will have to apply for professional indemnity insurance two months ahead of the renewal deadline and in return will receive a response within four weeks.


Law firm makes seven-figure investment in proptech business

14 April 2022

Consumer law firm Taylor Rose MW has made a “seven-figure investment” in a proptech business which helps home movers change addresses, while PEXA is gearing up for its UK launch.


Conveyancers “should be able to use” IDs checked by estate agents

5 April 2022

Conveyancers should be able to rely on digital IDs checked by estate agents and vice versa, the head of the Home Buying and Selling Group’s upfront information sub-group has said.


Property listing rules “will encourage earlier lawyer involvement”

14 March 2022

New rules on the information that must be included in property listings will encourage sellers to instruct conveyancers earlier in the process, National Trading Standards has said.


Electronic signatures “largest area of change” for property industry

16 February 2022

The use of electronic signatures has been the “single largest area of change” in technology for the property industry over the past 18 months, a survey has found.


Revolutionary Australian conveyancing platform to launch in the UK

15 February 2022

Property Exchange Australia (PEXA), which processes 80% of conveyancing completions in Australia, has announced plans to launch in England and Wales this autumn.


“First collaborative conveyancing service” goes live

10 February 2022

A pilot version of what its solicitor co-founder describes as the “first collaborative conveyancing service” has gone live. Eddie Goldsmith said it was about letting conveyancers “get on with the legal work”.


SRA outlines concerns over inadequate advice to leaseholders

4 February 2022

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has spelt out its concerns that clients “are not receiving appropriate advice” on onerous clauses in leases, particularly around ground rents.

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