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Law Society publishes new TA13 form

3 May 2019Updated: 9 May 2019

We have amended the TA13 Completion Information and Undertakings form to reflect the changes made to the Code for Completion by Post in response to the Court of Appeal decision in the Dreamvar case last year

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The grand schemeSubscription

10 December 2018

The Law Society has announced the relaunch of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Changes will start taking effect from 2019. What will the changes mean in practice?

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SRA releases new guidance on price transparency

4 October 2018

Law firms will have to publish details of their employees’ experience and the time work is likely to take – as well as their prices – when new transparency rules come into force in December. 

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Law Commission launches consultation on money laundering

23 July 2018

The Law Commission is reviewing the anti-money laundering regime in Part 7 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the counter-terrorism financing regime in Part 3 of the Terrorism Act 2000, in order to make the consent regime more effective

The case for liberty

Law Society publishes interim informative and case summary on Dreamvar

11 July 2018Updated: 23 July 2018

The case gives rise to a number of difficult practical and legal issues, which require careful and detailed consideration. We continue to consider the complex implications of the judgment for commercial and residential property transactions. The interim informative offers steps you can take now

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Protecting solicitors and clients: the PII consultation

20 April 2018

The Law Society has put together a briefing for members on the SRA’s current PII consultation

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Law Society launches new cybersecurity news digest

1 December 2017

As part of our cybersecurity and scam prevention support for law firms, we’ve launched a weekly email digest of cybersecurity news relevant to the legal sector – sign up now

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Proposed regulatory changes could erode client protection and create 2-tier profession

26 August 2016

The SRA published a consultation on proposed changes to the Handbook for solicitor and firm regulation on 1 June. We believe that the proposals, if accepted, will leave clients and consumers with less protection and could result in a ‘two-tier’ solicitor profession

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Tighten upSubscription

11 June 2019By

Lean techniques can help you identify inefficiencies in your processes. Jo-Anne Wild presents a beginner’s guide to lean techniques and how to apply them in your own firm

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Insure of yourselfSubscription

11 June 2019By

If you arrange title or other insurances in relation to a property transaction, new insurance distribution rules apply to you. Steven Petty explains the rules and your options for compliance

Client care in property

Bright sideSubscription

12 March 2019By

Under increasing pressure, it’s harder than ever to find time to get to know your clients. But if you make that investment, it can help you manage expectations and create a relationship which will benefit both you and the client. Sarah Dwight offers her top tips

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New world

12 March 2019By

Major regulatory change is on the horizon this year. Michael Garson looks at what the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new regime will mean for conveyancing practice, clients and the competitive environment

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The green stuffSubscription

12 March 2019By

It is nearly a year since the minimum energy efficiency standard regime came into force. Sue Highmore reflects on its effect on residential clients – including the financial impact – and outlines changes coming into force on 1 April 2019

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Shifting sandsSubscription

12 March 2019By ,

PII is in flux. The market is hardening, free post-run-off cover is ceasing, regulatory changes will introduce classes of solicitor with less or no cover, and proposed changes could reduce minimum cover. Steve Ray and Jenny Screech round up the changes, and the likely effects

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Loud and clearSubscription

5 December 2018By

From 6 December 2018, conveyancers will need to publish price- and service-related information on their websites. Sarah Brodie looks at what this could mean in practice

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You should know betterSubscription

5 December 2018By

Wayne Johnson explains how elements of the know-your-client process could be automated to reduce costs, increase productivity, free up human experts to apply their experience and judgement, and protect firms against money laundering

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Winning streakSubscription

5 December 2018By

Conveyancing firm AVRillo has received a host of industry awards and effusive praise on consumer review websites. Co-founder and partner Angelo Piccirillo explains the secrets of its success to Duncan Wood

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Setting off

5 December 2018By

How can conveyancing solicitors turn one-off property transactions into fruitful, long-term relationships for their firm? Rachel Brushfield provides a beginner’s guide to cross-referring between practice areas

Living on the edge risk

Clawback in property transactions: what could go possibly wrong?

24 September 2018By

John de Waal QC offers a sneak peek into Hardwicke chambers’ new book on risk and negligence, by revealing tips on how to avoid risk in property transactions relating to overage.

Peter Rodd, Property Section chair

In the know

6 June 2018By

The leasehold system is facing increasing criticism. One of the key issues is getting information to potential buyers and helping them understand it. Peter Rodd looks at what’s gone wrong with leasehold, and the role of conveyancers in the flow of information

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Streets ahead

6 June 2018By

Times are tough in the conveyancing market, putting the power in the hands of the client. So how can you ensure you stand out from the competition? Sue Bramall gives her 12 steps for success

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Plenty of phishSubscription

6 June 2018By

Despite a growing awareness of cybercrime, cyber-attacks show no sign of abating. Legal businesses are at particular risk because of the volume of data and money they hold. Graham Murphy looks at how DMARC email authentication can help

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Living the DreamvarSubscription

6 June 2018By

Property Section chair Warren Gordon looks at how the Section will be supporting members with the issues presented by the Dreamvar / P&P decision

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Top of the hill

6 March 2018By

Duncan Wood talks to Hillyer McKeown’s head of commercial property, Caroline Jones, about how her firm is winning awards for its innovative approach to IT in its conveyancing practice

Peter Rodd, Property Section chair

Just dessertsSubscription

6 March 2018By

How many times have you heard from a client the words ‘I just need your signature’? But beware. Taking declarations and swearing affidavits may simply not be cost-effective, but other, similar activities, may contain significant risk. Peter Rodd explains

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Coded messageSubscription

6 March 2018By

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to introduce a new handbook regime, and the changes are the most significant since 2011. Property professionals face some of the most controversial changes. Paul Bennett outlines the proposals and their impact

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Put your house in order

11 January 2018By

In a volatile market, it may be hard to find time to address practice management, but, says Peter Rodd, you can’t afford not to. Are you eally working as efficiently and profitably as you can be? And if not, what can you do about it?

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Best interests Subscription

5 December 2017By

Do you know your obligations around identifying and addressing potential conflicts of interest? Tracey Calvert provides a refresher guide to conflicts in conveyancing practice

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Property Collection - Practice Management


In 2018, we rounded up some of our most popular articles on practice management in property practice, in our first Property in Practice Collection.

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