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Compliance, Regulation and Practice Management

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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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Law Society publishes new practice note on Consumer Protection Regulations

1 March 2016

The practice note alerts members to the new guidance in relation to the Consumer Protection Regulations and its implications for practice. The guidance puts forward recommendations on a cautious basis to avoid the present uncertainties in the application of the CPRs

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SRA set to review Handbook and Accounts Rules - have your say

10 February 2016

SRA set to review the Accounts Rules this spring - let us have your views to form our policy position

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Land Registry issues warning over phishing emails

17 November 2015Updated: 27 November 2015

Land Registry has warned that some customers, including solicitors, have recently received fake or ‘phishing’ emails claiming to be requisitions or replies to requisitions from Land Registry

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Application and training overhaul set to speed up CQS applications

19 October 2015Updated: 21 October 2015

Changes to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation process will vastly reduce the amount of time it takes to re-apply for the scheme. There will also be major changes to the training for the quality mark

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Bank of England announces extension of CHAPS settlement hours

23 July 2015

Settlement day for Clearing House Automated Payment System (CHAPS) settlement day, commonly used in property transactions, to be extended from summer 2016

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Peter Rodd, Property Section chair

In the knowSubscription

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

Streets ahead

Streets aheadSubscription

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

Graham Murphy

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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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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Top of the hillSubscription

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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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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Take careSubscription

5 December 2017By

Do you know what extra steps you need to take when acting for a client who lacks mental capacity? Stephen Desmond looks at the case law and the lessons it holds for conveyancers

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Brave new world Subscription

5 December 2017By

If you’re working in a firm outside the top-100, you might not realise how you could benefit from the wave of technological innovation in the property sector. Graham Murphy looks at some high-profile innovators and the effect on practice, now and in the future

Gary Richards

Standing strongSubscription

6 September 2017By

When you’re faced with a particularly challenging client, it can be daunting to think about either asking them to change their behaviour, or ceasing to act for them. But, says Gary Richards, sometimes this is exactly what you need to do

Pearl Moses

Keep it cleanSubscription

6 September 2017By

The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations came into force on 26 June. Pearl Moses looks at some of the new requirements for property practitioners

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Quality streetSubscription

6 September 2017By

A new quality assurance process has been introduced for Conveyancing Quality Scheme member firms. Atif Ali, head of the CQS technical assessment team, explains the changes

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Taxing issueSubscription

6 September 2017By

The Criminal Finances Act 2017 introduces new offences of the failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion, fundamentally changing the compliance and anti-money laundering requirements imposed on law firms and clients. Hugo Daniel Lodge explains

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Under control?Subscription

6 September 2017By

Do you know that your law firm is a data controller under the new General Data Protection Regulation, and you must comply with them, or face fines of up to €20m or four per cent of your annual global turnover? Owen O’Rorke provides a beginner’s guide to compliance

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Private eyes

11 August 2017

Peter Farrington, vice president of the Association of British Investigators, explains how private investigators can be a valuable asset for a solicitor dealing with possession proceedings, and gives some tips on building an effective working relationship.

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Buyers beware?Subscription

9 June 2017By

Consumer protection regulations which came into force in 2008 have gone largely unnoticed by conveyancers, but they could have a major implication: the overriding of caveat emptor in transactions where the buyer is a consumer. Lawrence Heller explains

Alex Ktorides

Direct hitSubscription

9 June 2017By

The fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive will be transposed into law in England and Wales on 26 June. But, Alex Ktorides cautions, property practitioners may still not be aware of the potentially significant effect of the directive on their work

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New horizonsSubscription

7 March 2017By

Philip Giles explains how private client, property and family departments can best work together when advising cohabitees, highlighting the risks and opportunities involved

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Property Section renewals

Benefits of Membership*

The Property Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Fraud
  • Risk and Compliance
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Conveyancing
  • Planning
  • Phishing and Cyber Security
  • Bogus Firms
  • Renewable Energy
  • Rent Deposits
  • Buy-to-Let
  • Mortgage Credit Directive
  • Vulnerable Clients
  • Consumer Protection Regulations
  • Requisitions
  • Income Tax Relief
  • Reserved Funds
  • Brownfield Sites
  • Right to Buy
  • Searches
  • Capital Allowances
  • Stamp Duty
  • Land Tax

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Webinars, a Conference, Workshops, Seminars, Magazines, E-newsletters and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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