Law firm eyes group action against Simplify over cyber-attack

6 December 2021

Group action law firm Keller Lenkner UK is planning a claim over the cyber-attack that continues to affect clients of conveyancing giant Simplify, it has emerged.

MPs call for inquiry into conveyancers who “mis-sold” leasehold advice

1 December 2021

There should be an inquiry into the “mis-selling scandal” of housing developers pointing buyers to preferred conveyancers, who then did not advise on escalating ground rents, MPs said this week.

“We’re getting there,” says Simplify as client anger rages on

23 November 2021

The majority of conveyancers at the Simplify group are now “back up and running on core systems, and actively working on cases”, it announced yesterday.

Pandemic has highlighted digital gaps, property lawyers say

19 November 2021

Commercial property lawyers believe the pandemic has not only hastened the adoption of new technology but highlighted gaps where it could improve the conveyancing process.

Regulator presses Simplify to help clients change conveyancer

17 November 2021

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers is pressing the Simplify group to reach a position where it can provide its files to clients who wish to change lawyer following the recent cyber-attack.

Clients’ desperation grows as impact of Simplify cyber-attack stretches on

15 November 2021

Desperate consumers are looking at the feasibility of changing their lawyer as the impact of the cyber-attack on Simplify, the conveyancing giant, stretches into a second week.

Seller’s conveyancer calls police after harassment from buyers

10 November 2021

A conveyancer has described how she ended up fearing for her safety and calling the police after harassment from the buyers on the other side.

Tech firm buys conveyancers to test products in “live environment”

12 October 2021

A listed property technology firm has bought a firm of licensed conveyancers to help it test products in a “live environment” before they are launched.

Mortgage cryptocurrency “will lower cost of solicitors’ PII”

12 October 2021

A company seeking to become a linchpin in the property market is to trial a crypto-currency to replace the traditional transfer of money between banks and conveyancers.

First sale to use “gamechanger” e-signature completes

17 September 2021

The UK’s first-ever property deal using the new qualified electronic signature, which is being trialled by HM Land Registry, was completed this week.

Land Registry moves towards “gamechanger” type of e-signature

6 September 2021

HM Land Registry is to pilot the use of qualified electronic signatures that do not need to be witnessed, which it said could be a “gamechanger” for conveyancing.

Solicitors suspended for role in quick-sale property scheme

3 September 2021

Two solicitors who breached the trust of vulnerable clients in need of cash by acting in a dodgy quick home sale scheme have been suspended from practice.

Agents call for regulated companies to supply property logbooks

24 August 2021

Estate agents have called for the introduction of digital property logbooks, supplied by companies regulated by the government, to help speed up the conveyancing process.

Land Registry to pilot lawyer certificate scheme

11 August 2021

HM Land Registry is to pilot a new lawyer certification scheme in the next year to “help provide trust” in the information it receives.

June breaks all records as homebuyers race to beat SDLT deadline

21 July 2021

There were more property transactions in June than in any month on record as homebuyers rushed to beat the stamp duty land tax holiday deadline, HM Revenue & Customs revealed today.

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