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.

Blockchain network aims to provide “missing link” for conveyancing

14 July 2021

A house in Kent is the first being sold using a blockchain network that connects conveyancers with estate agents and mortgage lenders.

Conveyancing platform aims to be “central source of truth”

16 June 2021

A conveyancing platform which aims to provide a “central source of truth” for buyers, sellers, estate agents and lawyers is being tested by law firms in Kent.

Stay polite and manage expectations, Law Society tells conveyancers

8 June 2021

The Law Society has urged under-pressure conveyancers stay civil as they manage the risk that transactions will not complete by the stamp duty deadline at the end of this month.

NAHL to exit conveyancing as it targets PI law firm growth

25 May 2021

NAHL plc is set to sell its residential conveyancing business as it looks to focus on growing its personal injury law firm in the wake of a difficult Covid-affected year for the business.

Surrey firm ordered to pay £800k for property negligence

20 May 2021

A Surrey law firm has been ordered to pay more than £800,000 in damages for negligence after failing to tell its client that part of a property he thought he had bought had been retained by the seller.

£26m fund to support take-up of local land charges register

10 May 2021

The government has unveiled a £26m fund to support local authorities in migrating to the national local land charges register, with the aim of bringing all 336 on board by 2025.

Firm sued over ground rent that doubles every five years

7 May 2021

A West Midlands law firm is being sued by a client who claims it failed to tell of a “ridiculous” ground rent that doubles every five years – meaning she will be paying £1m a year in 50 years.

Immigration and civil litigation hit hardest by Covid-19

5 May 2021

Immigration and civil litigation were the two areas of legal practice hit hardest by the pandemic last year, with private client and family law “insulated” from the impact, new research has found.

Law firms to offer upfront conveyancing transaction packs

28 April 2021

A national panel of law firms is being created to allow estate agents and members of the public to find conveyancers prepared to provide buyers with upfront property transaction packs.

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