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Non-regulated firm

31 October, 2018

Please be aware that the website https://www.regismichaelllp.co.uk/ is  not regulated by the CLC or any of the other conveyancing lawyer regulators

LMS Alert

19 October, 2018

LMS was made aware by a number of law firms that they had received suspicious emails that looked very similar to a genuine LMS Charge Registration email.    LMS has subsequently investigated the source of the email which originated from a temporary mailbox outside of LMS, the domain name is exchanges329e7engleharts.live LMS has reported the matter [Read more]

Protect your firm from cybercrime

11 October, 2018

We have been notified by a firm of a new cyber-attack we wish to alert firms to. Through the breach hackers were receiving copies of all incoming emails to the firm so enabling them send spoof emails to clients posing as the law firm. Firms are urged to ensure they follow good practice and will [Read more]

Law firms switching to CLC regulation after rule change

9 October, 2018

Solicitors’ firms are seeing the benefit of new rules that make it easier for them to switch to regulation by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC). Clutton Cox in Bristol and Nottingham’s Fidler & Pepper Lawyers – have recently moved over from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), while another three SRA-regulated firms have moved their [Read more]

Intervention into Laurselle Property Lawyers

3 October, 2018

Laurselle Property Lawyers Intervention into Laurselle Property Lawyers – 3 October 2018 In light of breaches of the Code of Conduct and to protect the interests of the firm’s clients, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has intervened into Laurselle Property Lawyers Trading from 37 Upper Orwell Street Ipswich Suffolk IP4 1HN Information for current [Read more]

CLC publishes guidance ahead of new transparency rules coming into force

27 September, 2018

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has today published guidance on how those it regulates can comply with the new requirements on giving consumers up-front information to help choose a lawyer. These requirements have been made following consultation and in response to the CMA’s recommendations to help consumers make a more informed choice of lawyer. [Read more]

Informed choice to aid consumer decision making

31 August, 2018

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has been given approval by the Legal Services Board (LSB) to amend its rules and require licensed firms to improve information they provide to better support consumer choice. The changes aim to empower consumers to make better informed decisions about their choice of legal service provider. The new requirements [Read more]

CLC to be partner of Legalex 2019

29 August, 2018

On 27 & 28 March, 2019, London’s ExCeL will play host to Legalex, the industry-leading show quickly becoming Europe’s most comprehensive and all-encompassing trade show package for legal professionals. Legalex is the event for forward-thinking and ambitious legal firms looking to improve, expand, and modernise their practice, focussing on Artificial Intelligence, GDPR, Cyber Security and [Read more]

CLC applies to amend rules to drive better information for consumers

30 July, 2018

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has submitted an application to the Legal Services Board (LSB) to amend its rules and require licensed firms to improve information to support consumer choice. The changes aim to empower consumers to make better informed decisions about their choice of legal service provider. The new requirements also aim to [Read more]

Acting as Ancillary Insurance Intermediaries: Update

25 July, 2018

We will be making changes to the relevant sections of the CLC Handbook to ensure all of CLC-regulated Practices will be compliant with the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) when it comes fully into force on 1 October 2018. The CLC is a Designated Professional Body regulating CLC Practices as Exempt Professional Firms under Part XX [Read more]

first direct – changes to the way mortgage instructions will be issued to conveyancers

20 June, 2018

first direct – changes to the way in which mortgage instructions will be issued to conveyancers We’d like to inform you of a change to how you are instructed by first direct. Currently, all first direct instructions to conveyancers are sent in a paper format. From 02/07/18 first direct will be issuing these instruction by [Read more]

Statement on LSB’s investigation into Law Society oversight of SRA

31 May, 2018

Reacting to today’s publication by the Legal Services Board (LSB) of its investigation into the Law Society’s (TLS) oversight and monitoring arrangements for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Dame Janet Paraskeva, Chair of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers said: ‘Given that its interim chair says that “[The Law Society’s] actions have impaired the effectiveness of [Read more]

CMA transparency recommendations: Consultation on implementation

30 May, 2018

The CLC is currently consulting on the Implementation of the CMA transparency recommendations set out in its Legal Services Market Study. The consultation paper can be viewed here  and responses need to be receieved by 5pm on Friday 29 June 2018

Consultation on Review of Licence and Practice Fee Arrangements

18 May, 2018

The CLC is currently consulting on licence and practice fee arrangements. The consultation paper can be viewed online  and responses need to be receieved by 5pm on Friday 22 June 2018

CLC responds to Dreamvar ruling

16 May, 2018

In response to today’s ruling re Dreamvar, Simon Blandy, director of regulatory standards, Council for Licensed Conveyancers, says: “This is an extremely important ruling that raises a lot of questions without answering them all. As a regulator we will have to scrutinise it closely before deciding what action, if any, we need to take. But [Read more]

Intervention into Joanne Hewitt Conveyancing Services

16 May, 2018

Joanne Hewitt Conveyancing Services Intervention into Joanne Hewitt Conveyancing Services – 15 May 2018 In light of breaches of the Code of Conduct and to protect the interests of the firm’s clients, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has intervened into Joanne Hewitt Conveyancing Services Trading from Metropolitan House Longrigg Road, Swalwell Gateshead NE16 3AS [Read more]

CLC Reports Government’s Commitment To Reforming The Home Buying And Selling Process Still Strong

3 May, 2018

Following a productive meeting with Minister for Housing, Heather Wheeler MP, Dame Janet Paraskeva, Chair of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, said: “It was very positive to confirm how closely the government’s agenda for improving the home buying and selling process aligns with the CLC’s own objectives. It is clear that the Minister and her department are [Read more]

CLC Compliance Roadshows across England in June 2018

1 May, 2018

The CLC is holding five compliance roadshows, in Leicester, Bristol, Manchester and London, in June 2018. These are open to anyone in the conveyancing industry and you can book your free place now. BOOK NOW

HM Treasury agrees money laundering guidance

6 March, 2018

HM Treasury has approved the Legal Sector Anti-Money Laundering Guidance prepared by the AML Legal Supervisors. The guidance takes into account of the changes introduced by Money Laundering Regulations 2017  which came into force on 26 June 2017. The AML Legal Supervisors comprise the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), along with other legal sector regulators and representative bodies. Find [Read more]

CLC aims to be ‘regulator of choice’ by 2022

24 January, 2018

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has set out its ambition to be the regulator of choice for all property lawyers, meaning those it regulates take an ever-larger share of the conveyancing market. The CLC has previously explored widening the scope of its regulation to encompass activities other than conveyancing and probate, but – publishing [Read more]

Improving the home buying and selling process

23 October, 2017

On 8th April 20128, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid responded to submissions to his call for evidence on making the home buying process cheaper, faster and less stressful for those involved. The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is determined to support improvements to the home buying process. It is only through a number of changes – some [Read more]

CLC urges firms to promote the features and quality of their services to consumers

29 September, 2017

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is urging firms to improve the way they promote the features and quality of their services to help consumers move away from a focus on price alone. This follows recommendations from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The CLC hopes firms will respond positively to the recommendations from the CMA and that they [Read more]

Views of the 2017 PII renewal round

15 August, 2017

According to this year’s survey of the profession following the PII renewal round, more firms secured quotations from two or more insurers than last year (62%, up from 51% in 2016). Satisfaction levels with the process remained at broadly the same high levels and there were suggestions for further improvement of the process. We will [Read more]

Leasehold of new properties

28 July, 2017

The CLC very much welcomes the government’s consultation on tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market. (Read more) The use of leasehold for new build properties that do not require a leasehold ownership arrangement seems to be another manifestation of what has been described as the ‘broken housing market’. It is not yet clear why housebuilders [Read more]

HSBC Panel Management changes

27 July, 2017

HSBC has announced that its panel management services will in future be provided by LMS. All CLC regulated firms will continue to be able to act for HSBC as now. HSBC has issued a statement with useful information about the transition to the new arrangements. Read HSBC’s statement and FAQs.

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