More Features and Opinion

  • Money laundering
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    On the money

    2020-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Alison Matthews outlines the changes made by the Fifth Money Laundering Directive, and what fee-earners and firms need to do now to ensure compliance

  • Peter Rodd
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    Quality time

    2020-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Peter Rodd looks at the plans for the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, the effect of coronavirus, and what scheme member firms should be focusing on now

  • Amanda Potter
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    Intelligence gathering

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    Emotional intelligence can be a leader’s greatest asset, or if ignored, their greatest risk. Dr Amanda Potter looks at why EQ matters in the workplace, and how you can develop yours

  • Michael Garson
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    Star gazing

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    Michael Garson outlines some of the key features of the new regulatory environment, following the introduction of the new SRA Standards and Regulations

  • rebecca-atkinson-600x400
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    Moving on

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    In the second of a two-part series on complaints, Rebecca Atkinson looks at what steps you should be taking when a complaint has been received, and how best to resolve complaints to avoid them reaching the Legal Ombudsman

  • Richard Mathias
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    Home fee

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    Richard Mathias looks at the current state of referral fees in the property sector. What effect have they had in practice? Why is a ban on referral fees being considered? And how can the existing system be improved?

  • Data - building made of binary code
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    The fine print

    2020-03-10T00:00:00Z

    In November, real estate company Deutsche Wohnen SE was hit with a fine of €14.5m under the General Data Protection Regulation. Clare Harman Clark looks at the role of property solicitors in helping their clients abide by the regulation

  • Sarah Dwight
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    The Friday blues

    2019-12-10T00:00:00Z

    Sarah Dwight looks at the phenomenon of Friday afternoon fraud and what you can do to help reduce the risk of your firm or your client becoming a victim

  • rebecca-atkinson-600x400
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    On the same side

    2019-12-10T00:00:00Z

    In the first of a two-part series on complaints, Rebecca Atkinson looks at some of the reasons why clients complain, and how to avoid complaints by focusing on providing ‘good’ service in key areas

  • Amanda Clack
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    Welcome to our house

    2019-09-10T00:00:00Z

    Diversity and inclusion is essential in any organisation, but even more so in real estate, where we work to create a better community and built environment for the next generation. Amanda Clack looks at how you can support diversity and inclusion in your business

  • Techhouse - person standing next to house-shape made of connected dots
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    Connecting the dots

    2019-09-10T00:00:00Z

    Grania Langdon-Down looks at the current state of proptech – where and how it’s being used, how law firms can use it, and what it might mean for the future of property practice 

  • Tighten up - spanners turning bolts labelled "systems" and "processes".
    Feature

    Tighten up

    2019-06-11T00:07:00Z

    Lean techniques can help you identify inefficiencies in your processes. Jo-Anne Wild presents a beginner’s guide to lean techniques and how to apply them in your own firm

  • Insurance - umbrella sheltering broker's desk from rain
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    Insure of yourself

    2019-06-11T00:02:00Z

    If you arrange title or other insurances in relation to a property transaction, new insurance distribution rules apply to you. Steven Petty explains the rules and your options for compliance

  • Client care in property
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    Bright side

    2019-03-12T11:10:00Z

    Under increasing pressure, it’s harder than ever to find time to get to know your clients. But if you make that investment, it can help you manage expectations and create a relationship which will benefit both you and the client. Sarah Dwight offers her top tips

  • Looking at SRA changes through a telescope
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    New world

    2019-03-12T11:07:00Z

    Major regulatory change is on the horizon this year. Michael Garson looks at what the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new regime will mean for conveyancing practice, clients and the competitive environment

  • Sue Highmore
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    The green stuff

    2019-03-12T11:06:00Z

    It is nearly a year since the minimum energy efficiency standard regime came into force. Sue Highmore reflects on its effect on residential clients – including the financial impact – and outlines changes coming into force on 1 April 2019

  • Shifting sands - balancing a hardening market and market regulation
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    Shifting sands

    2019-03-12T11:03:00Z

    PII is in flux. The market is hardening, free post-run-off cover is ceasing, regulatory changes will introduce classes of solicitor with less or no cover, and proposed changes could reduce minimum cover. Steve Ray and Jenny Screech round up the changes, and the likely effects

  • Wayne Johnson
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    You should know better

    2018-12-05T10:27:00Z

    Wayne Johnson explains how elements of the know-your-client process could be automated to reduce costs, increase productivity, free up human experts to apply their experience and judgement, and protect firms against money laundering

  • Angelo Piccirillo
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    Winning streak

    2018-12-05T10:23:00Z

    Conveyancing firm AVRillo has received a host of industry awards and effusive praise on consumer review websites. Co-founder and partner Angelo Piccirillo explains the secrets of its success to Duncan Wood

  • Partnership - a lawyer and her client setting out along a road towards signposts
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    Setting off

    2018-12-05T10:21:00Z

    How can conveyancing solicitors turn one-off property transactions into fruitful, long-term relationships for their firm? Rachel Brushfield provides a beginner’s guide to cross-referring between practice areas.