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Law Society consults on proposed changes to the Conveyancing Protocol

13 April 2018

The Law Society is seeking views on proposed revisions made to the Conveyancing Protocol

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Revisions published to Standard Conditions of Sale and Standard Commercial Property Conditions

27 March 2018Updated: 3 April 2018

The revisions were settled by Oyez Professional Services Ltd and the Law Society, who jointly own the copyright

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New report reveals large leap in home renovations as market slows

23 March 2018

A new report by insurers Hiscox lifts the lid on home improvement trends across the country, and reveals that a subdued property market has driven a five-fold rise in renovations in five years.

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Law Society responds to DCLG home buying consultation

20 December 2017

We believe that improvements can and should be made to the existing process to make it more efficient to all parties involved

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New boundary disputes podcast

30 November 2017

The Law Society has launched a new podcast looking at the need to construe the conveyance or transfer creating a boundary and how extrinsic evidence can be used in determining boundary position

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Tell us about your experiences of panel management

23 November 2017

The Law Society has released a survey asking conveyancers for their experiences of interacting with organisations that provide conveyancing panel management services

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DCLG publishes call for evidence on the home buying and selling process

31 October 2017

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) call for evidence seeks views on ‘how to make the process of home buying and selling cheaper, faster and less stressful’

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Land Registry moves closer to e-conveyancing, Law Society responds

21 February 2017

Solicitors could no longer be asked to witness signatures on Land Registry forms if proposals for electronic signatures are adopted.

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Joy Bailey

Signed, sealed, deliveredSubscription

6 June 2018By

As part of our regular series from HM Land Registry, Joy Bailey provides an update on the execution of deeds or documents using electronic signatures

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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

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On the agendaSubscription

6 June 2018By , , ,

Professor Nick Hopkins, and research assistants Chris Pulman, Rachel Preston and Thomas Nicholls, highlight the property law coming under review by the Law Commission as part of its 13th Programme of Law Reform

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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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The green lightSubscription

6 March 2018By

From April 2018, new regulations will make it significantly harder for landlords to rent property with an energy efficiency rating below ‘E’. Warren Gordon looks at the lease drafting implications, and potential exemptions from the new requirements

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Think tank Subscription

6 March 2018By

Clients who are buying or selling a house with a septic tank or small sewage treatment plant need to know about the relevant regulations and their implications – which could include immediate and ongoing costs. William Marriott explains

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Common sense?

6 March 2018By

The government’s recent announcement about setting ground rents for new leasehold houses and flats to zero may make commonhold a more attractive prospect than it has ever been since its commencement in 2004. James Driscoll 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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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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The biggest cyber-threat of all: Friday afternoon fraud

6 November 2017

‘Friday afternoon fraud’, the practice by which law firms are tricked into giving bank details to fraudsters, usually as conveyancing transactions are being completed, is now the biggest cybercrime afflicting the legal sector. Using a real-life case study, Oz Alashe, CEO & founder of Cybsafe, illustrates the real risks, both financial and reputational, that Friday afternoon fraud can wreak on your firm, and ...

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Above waterSubscription

6 September 2017By

Flood Re has been in force for over a year, but it isn’t a panacea: many properties are excluded, and premiums will continue to rise even for those included. Sue Highmore outlines when, how and what you should advise clients around flood risk

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In the family

6 September 2017Updated: 6 September 2017By , ,

The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ is now one of the top 10 mortgage lenders. So how should you advise clients receiving funds from family, and when should you advise them to consult a family lawyer? Jo Edwards , Jamie Gaw and Anna Jassani explain.

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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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Strong foundationsSubscription

9 June 2017By

A new version of the Consumer Code for Home Builders was released in April. Noel Hunter explains how the code works, and how it applies to both home builders and homebuyers

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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

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Mortgage fraud: spotting the warning signs

11 May 2017By

Peter Rodd has been leading our series of fraud and cybersecurity seminars taking place until the end of June. Here, he shares a real-life example of mortgage fraud and the warning signs that the conveyancer failed to spot.

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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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On the markSubscription

7 March 2017By

Philip Grisewood of NHBC introduces the Conveyancing Portal, a new system giving conveyancers access to Buildmark cover information and associated documentation, and designed to improve efficiency while ensuring due diligence is carried out

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Checks and balancesSubscription

12 December 2016By ,

Upcoming tax changes may lead more private property investors to incorporate. Susan Winter and Tony Lake look at the pros and cons of each structure, and what conveyancers need to know when acting for a corporate client as a property investor

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Counting the cost Subscription

12 December 2016By

Clients purchasing leasehold property may not realise how expensive the process can be, with the range and proliferation of fees payable to managing agents and leaseholders. Sarah Dwight outlines the problem and the role of the conveyancer

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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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