24 August, 2015
The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has today announced that it is freezing regulatory fees for the next year. This will be the third year for which fees have been set at the same level. Individual licences are fixed at £400 while entity fees are calculated based on a firm’s turnover.
The CLC has been streamlining the way it meets its core responsibility of consumer protection through specialist regulation of specialist property lawyers. It recently secured the power to issue stand-alone licences to probate practitioners and will soon be announcing major changes to arrangements for education leading to licence as a CLC Lawyer, whether Licensed Conveyancer or Probate Practitioner. The CLC is also putting the finishing touches to a major staff reorganisation that will deliver improved performance and customer service through a tighter staff team which is now located in London in offices that provide easier access for stakeholders and an improved, open plan working environment that fosters closer coordination.
Chief Executive of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, Sheila Kumar said: “At the CLC we are working hard to ensure that our model of specialist regulation of specialist property lawyers delivers all of the benefits it possibly can to the consumer as well as to individual lawyers and the legal businesses that we regulate. Through improved infrastructure and changed staffing arrangements, we will be able to offer an improved service to the regulated community and others with whom we work closely. The new teams are reviewing the way we work with a view to making large or small changes that will improve efficiency and effectiveness and so the value for money of our operations. I am very pleased that we have been able to make these improvements without increasing the burden on the profession.”