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Intervention into The Foster Partnership Limited

17 October, 2019

Intervention into The Foster Partnership Limited – 17 October 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: The Foster Partnership Trading from: 28 Cavendish Street                                        67 High Street Ramsgate                                                            Herne Bay Kent                                                                      [Read more]

Confidence high amongst CLC regulated community, research finds

30 September, 2019

New research published by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) today reports strong levels of business confidence amongst its regulated community, with almost a half of practices (45%) expecting their work volumes to rise over the next 12 months. A further 42% expected work volumes to remain the same, with just 13% expecting work to [Read more]

LSB approves CLC’s plans to cut cost of practising

26 September, 2019

The Legal Services Board has approved the Council for Licensed Conveyancers’ (CLC) application to reduce its regulatory fee rate. The reduction supports the CLC’s strategic goal to reduce the regulatory cost burden on CLC practices in a way that is sustainable for the foreseeable future. Practice fee rates will now be reduced by 30% for the new [Read more]

CLC moves to cut cost of practising

5 September, 2019

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) plans to implement an even greater reduction in its regulatory fee rates than first proposed during a consultation earlier this year. The reduction supports the CLC’s strategic goal to reduce the regulatory cost burden on CLC practices. Its consultation on the 2020 practice fee rates, issued in May, originally [Read more]

Scam Text Message Alert

22 August, 2019

Fake text messages are being sent out claiming to be from the “CLC enforcement team” reporting an unpaid balance. The texts further advise that the CLC will be attending their property address within the next 7 days if the balance remains unpaid. If you receive such a text claiming to be from us please ignore [Read more]

Intervention into Carol Hill trading as Carol Hill Conveyancing

29 May, 2019

Carol Hill trading as Carol Hill Conveyancing Intervention into Carol Hill trading as Carol Hill Conveyancing – 29 May 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 Carol Hill trading as Carol Hill Conveyancing Trading [Read more]

Diversity Monitoring Survey 2019

23 May, 2019

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has today published the findings from its latest diversity monitoring survey of the community it regulates. The findings show a diverse workforce, founded on a profession that can be entered via a range of non-graduate routes. In January, the CLC launched a project to support its regulated community in [Read more]

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]

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