More Features and Opinion

  • Remote working meeting with dog and houseplants in the background
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    Remote control

    2021-03-09T12:01:00Z

    Lorraine Richardson considers some of the risks that remote working presents for conveyancing firms, and what they can do to mitigate them

  • Conveyancing pipeline
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    Tuning the pipeline

    2020-12-08T00:00:00Z

    John Humpherson and Barry Wilkinson look at how to use pipeline management at different stages of your conveyancing process, to assess and improve everything from cashflow to time-recording

  • Francine Blanc
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    Racial diversity

    2020-12-08T00:00:00Z

    Francine Blanc looks at the problem of racism and a lack of diversity in the legal sector, including property law, and offers some ideas for what firms can do to improve racial diversity

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    Riding out the storm

    2020-09-02T00:00:00Z

    Steven Petty explains how his specialist commercial property firm has weathered the COVID-19 storm – and why the firm has continued to award bonuses and recruit new staff

  • Conflicts of interest in conveyancing: man in suit crossing tightrope between two people
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    Pick a side

    2020-09-02T00:00:00Z

    Lorraine Richardson provides a reminder of conflicts of interest in conveyancing, focusing on a key area where risk can arise: acting for both the buyer and seller in a transaction

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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

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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

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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".
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    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