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Compliance, Regulation and Practice Management

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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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Law Society launches new and updated practice notes

19 December 2014

The Law Society has recently launched two new practice notes – on contaminated land and tax for sole practitioners – and published an update of another – on flood risk – of interest to property practitioners. 

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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

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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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

Graham Murphy

Cautionary tales

7 March 2017By

Every day in this country, conveyancing firms face attempted attacks from cybercriminals. Graham Murphy offers some real-life tales of successful cybercrime, and looks at what those involved could have done to protect themselves

Peter Rodd

Be prepared

7 March 2017By

The Property Section will be running a series of seminars on fraud and cybercrime this spring. Peter Rodd looks at the challenges facing conveyancers, and the steps you need to take to protect yourself now and in the future

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Great minds

12 December 2016By

Lucy Trevelyan examines the personality traits and ‘soft skills’ best suited to being a property law professional, how to develop these skills, and what clients are looking for from their property solicitor

Michael Garson

Ringing the changesSubscription

7 September 2016By

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is consulting on major changes to the regulation of solicitors and firms, designed to streamline regulation and encourage innovation. But with the change come significant risks, especially to clients, argues Michael Garson

Pearl Moses

Handle with careSubscription

7 September 2016By

Residential conveyancing is once again the most complained about area of law, according to the Legal Ombudsman. Pearl Moses looks at how to mitigate some of the most common causes, and outlines complaints-handling best practice and regulatory requirements

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Sailing through

7 September 2016By

The Conveyancing Protocol has been in place for over five years, but there are still common areas of non-compliance on both sides of transactions. Sarah Dwight outlines these areas, and the steps solicitors should take

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Moving with the timesSubscription

2 June 2016By

Lucy Trevelyan looks at recent trends in the use of office space in law firms and beyond – including agile working, shoring and activity-based working – and examines the drivers for change, plus the benefits and possible pitfalls

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Mail callSubscription

2 June 2016By

Email communications between conveyancers and clients are increasingly a target for organised crime. Mark Carver looks at what law firms can do to mitigate the risks

Michael Garson

Watching briefSubscription

8 March 2016By

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to make major changes to regulation in the legal sector this spring. Michael Garson outlines the context for the change agenda and the particular issues around conveyancing

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Who do you know?Subscription

8 March 2016By

David Gilroy explains how effective client relationship management can help you keep and win clients, and how to get it right in practice. (This article was first published in the May 2015 edition of Managing for Success, the magazine of the Law Society’s Law Management Section)

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Supply and demand

3 March 2015By

New consumer rights legislation, likely to come into force within the year, will have implications for all suppliers to consumers – including solicitors. David Pett outlines the new regime, and the actions conveyancers need to take

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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.

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