HSBC’s announcement, that they will increase the range of properties that sole practitioners accredited under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) can act on, recognises the skill these solicitors bring to the home buying process.

The decision, increasing the value of property where CQS accredited sole practitioners can act for both the customer and the bank from £150,000 to £350,000, will reduce costs and increase choice for house buyers as fewer transactions will require separate representation.