We believe lender panels and the way in which they operate should be considered by the FCA. The majority of lenders operate a panel-based system to select law firms to act on behalf of that lender in mortgage transactions and this is not currently covered in the FCA report
The Competition and Markets Authority has published the final findings of its study into the heat networks industry, which set out to establish whether heat network customers are getting the right level of protection
Residential leasehold is one of the projects in the Law Commission’s 13th programme of law reform. It has now published its summary paper on proposed solutions for leasehold houses. A full consultation paper covering leasehold flats and houses will be published in Autumn 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
The Law Society is seeking views on proposed revisions made to the Conveyancing Protocol
The revisions were settled by Oyez Professional Services Ltd and the Law Society, who jointly own the copyright
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.
We believe that improvements can and should be made to the existing process to make it more efficient to all parties involved
Listed buildings and conservation areas can trip up even the most astute conveyancer, slowing down the process, damaging client relationships, and risking breaches of consumer protection regulations. Richard Copus explains what you need to know
From 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
With Brexit now only six months away, investor sentiment remains positive, but there are broader challenges in the market which need to be resolved, from access to finance to housing supply. Paresh Raja explains
Michael Draper outlines some of the unique law – both existing and on the horizon – in Wales, as it relates to property, including potential new developments around vacant sites and residential lettings
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
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
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
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
Property Section chair Warren Gordon looks at how the Section will be supporting members with the issues presented by the Dreamvar / P&P decision
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
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.
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?
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
‘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 ...
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.