Solicitors could no longer be asked to witness signatures on Land Registry forms if proposals for electronic signatures are adopted.
Streamlining money laundering rules, leasehold reform and a big push towards electronic conveyancing are identified as priorities in a manifesto from conveyancers to improve the homebuying process in England and Wales.
Following press coverage of issues relating to Help to Buy ISA bonuses, we remind you of the Help to Buy ISA scheme requirements in relation to bonuses.
HMRC is proposing to cut the stamp duty land tax payment window from 30 days to 14 days, and merge the filing and payment systems into one
Today’s Conveyancer is running a survey to ascertain what impact the privatisation of Land Registry might have on conveyancing
The CON 29 guidance notes have been published. These accompany the updated CON 29 forms that have to be used from 4 July 2016
From Monday 20 June, the CHAPS payment system will be staying open for an hour and forty minutes longer
HMRC is reminding conveyancers to enter code ‘04’ for the ‘type of property’ when the higher rates of SDLT for additional residential properties are due
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.
The Law Society Library provides details of sources of precedents for options to buy or purchase property (commercial and residential).
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.
Philip Giles explains how private client, property and family departments can best work together when advising cohabitees, highlighting the risks and opportunities involved
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
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
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
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
Mounting concern over government plans to privatise Land Registry has prompted the Law Society to say it hopes the government will reach a sensible decision over what is a ’vital piece of national infrastructure’
The new higher stamp duty land tax rate for additional properties came into effect on 1 April 2016. Nigel Popplewell outlines how the changes apply to purchasers of residential property
Nicholas Gurney-Champion considers a recent Treasury paper that outlines wide-ranging modernisation plans for the home-buying process, and a High Court judgment that found conveyancers on both sides of a property transaction liable to a defrauded buyer
As of 20 June 2016, the deadline for telegraphic transfers of funds – also known as CHAPs payments – will be extended by one hour and 40 minutes. Thom Wilkinson explains the implications of the change for practitioners
Warren Gordon provides an update on the work of the Law Society’s Conveyancing and Land Law Committee this spring, including around Land Registry privatisation, short-form leases and the Mortgage Credit Directive
The long-awaited Flood Re scheme is now planned to come into force next month. Russell Hewitson outlines how the scheme will work, what properties are eligible, and how to advise clients living in flood-risk areas
A new residence nil-rate band will be phased in from 6 April 2017 when a residence is passed on death to a direct descendant. Lesley King explains the implications
Clients may not realise how complicated it can be to buy or inherit a property abroad. Jo Summers looks at the issues involved and the impact of the new EU regulation on succession