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CLC sets out plan to cut cost of practising

9 May, 2019

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is consulting on significant reductions to its regulatory fees, reflecting the effectiveness of CLC’s specialist regulation in maintaining high standards of compliance. The move is also in response to the strong business performance its regulated community has maintained in recent years and CLC’s own budget management. The CLC has [Read more]

CLC sets out plans to streamline handling of client money

17 April, 2019

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is proposing to streamline the rules on how CLC practices handle client money as part of a drive to reduce regulatory burdens and facilitate innovation while keeping client money safe and improving consumer confidence. This follows a series of workshops with CLC Lawyers to identify opportunities for improvement. Launching [Read more]

Intervention into Robert Woods Conveyancing Services

3 April, 2019

Robert Woods Conveyancing Services Intervention into Robert Woods Conveyancing Services – 03 April 2019 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 Robert Woods Conveyancing Services Trading from 576a Durham Road Low Fell Gateshead Tyne and [Read more]

CLC comment on House of Commons Leasehold Reform Report

20 March, 2019

The CLC has commented on the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee report on Leasehold Reform: “It is essential that any client has the choice of the conveyancer they want. Potential customers must have the opportunity to make an informed choice as to who they use. This is why we have been so supportive [Read more]

New Cyber Security Threat

27 February, 2019

In the last couple of weeks the CLC has been notified of 3 almost identical cyber incidents from our regulated practices. Hackers had secured access to an individual’s email account, probably through a phishing email. The hacker then set up rules on that email account to either forward all emails, or emails containing key words [Read more]

Law Society publishes updated Code for Completion

21 February, 2019

The Law Society has published the latest version of the Code for Completion by Post which will take effect from 1 May 2019. The Code has been amended to reflect that the seller’s conveyancer is acting in a genuine sale following the Court of Appeal ruling in Dreamvar. It was held in the Dreamvar case that [Read more]

CLC unveils diversity and inclusion review

24 January, 2019

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has launched a project to support its regulated community in developing more formal measures to promote diversity and inclusion, its chair announced today. Dame Janet Paraskeva also revealed plans for a revised Customer Charter and that she has agreed to stay on as Chair of the specialist property law [Read more]

CLC Consults on new Customer Charter

23 January, 2019

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has today (23 January) announced a consultation on a new Customer Charter.   The Charter is designed to replace a pre-existing Client Charter and has been developed in light of the recent transparency requirements introduced in December 2018.   The document aims to summarise for consumers what they can expect [Read more]

New transparency rules arrive allowing homebuyers to compare conveyancing service and costs

6 December, 2018

  Today (6 December) heralds the arrival of new rules to help homebuyers make a more informed choice when buying a property. All property lawyers will now publish price, service and quality information on their websites (or in alternative formats if requested), as part of a cross-industry push to empower consumers and foster innovation and [Read more]

Transparency countdown: do’s and don’ts

5 December, 2018

As new requirements for property and probate lawyers to publish certain price, service and quality information on their websites (or in alternative formats if requested), come into effect December 6, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has outlined some key do’s and don’ts for practices getting ready for the new rules.   DO You must [Read more]

Fraud and business confidence are risks, licensed conveyancers report, but profession in good shape

3 December, 2018

37 firms regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) reported they had repelled attempted frauds in the past year while the number and variety of attacks on conveyancers increased, according to new research. At the same time, nearly all regulated firms provided all their staff with training on anti-fraud measures in the past year, [Read more]

Informed Choice countdown: are you ready?

23 November, 2018

From 6 December 2018, property lawyers will have to publish certain price, service and quality information on their websites (or in alternative formats if requested), as part of a cross-industry push to empower consumers and foster innovation and competition across the legal services market. The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has worked with the SRA [Read more]

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

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