The Conveyancing Academy – Update 21 January 2021

21 January, 2022

Further to the CLC’s notice of 19th January, we have now been informed that the Conveyancing Academy has had its contract with SQA terminated. This means it will no longer be able to offer courses leading to SQA qualifications. This makes permanent the suspension that was put in place in April 2021. Students that have [Read more]

Conveyancing Academy – Clarification for Students

19 January, 2022

The CLC has become aware that a number of misleading messages pertaining to the recognised routes to qualify as a CLC technician and lawyer are circulating. Therefore, the CLC believes it is in the students’ and employers’ best interests to clarify the following:   The SQA has advised the CLC that as a result of [Read more]

Consultation: Professional Indemnity Insurance

17 January, 2022

A consultation has been launched on possible changes to professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover for conveyancers and probate lawyers.    The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is updating its policy on PII, a vital element of consumer protection that all the firms it regulates must have. The last review was carried out in 2016, prompting [Read more]

Simplify Group – Update

17 December, 2021

The CLC has been in constant touch with managers at Simplify since the incident was first reported. The regulated law firms within the Simplify group that were involved in the incident were Premier Property Lawyers, DC Law and JS Law. Our priorities have been to ensure the security of client monies, the progression of transactions [Read more]

Routes to Licence as a CLC Lawyer (Licensed Conveyancer or Probate Practitioner)

17 December, 2021

We want to remind students and employers that the assured educational route to qualify for licence as a CLC lawyer is via the SQA level 6 Diplomas in conveyancing and probate that are regulated as part of the Register of Regulated Qualifications that are offered by providers approved by the SQA. In addition to the [Read more]

UPDATED Information for clients of Premier Property Lawyers, JS Law, DC Law

16 November, 2021

22 November 2021 The above conveyancing firms are all part of the Simplify group and were the subject of a security incident late on 7th November. That incident was reported by Simplify to the CLC as the regulator of those firms early on 8th November. Since then, the CLC has been monitoring the incident closely. We have [Read more]

Simplify Group Security Incident

13 November, 2021

A CLC team visited the offices of the Simplify group on Friday 12th November, following the serious security incident that was notified to us on the morning of Monday, 8th November. The CLC has been in close touch with Simplify all week. At this visit, the CLC team met the leadership of Simplify to review [Read more]

Simplify Group (including Premier Property Lawyers) system outages

10 November, 2021

We are advised by the Simplify Group that following preliminary investigation of systems outages, it is now aware that certain parts of its business (including Premier Property Lawyers), have been affected by a security incident involving some IT systems.   The Simplify Group responded immediately upon discovery of the incident by engaging a number of third-party cyber specialists [Read more]

Firms that generate complaints to pay more as oversight regulator approves CLC reforms of practising fees

4 November, 2021

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has won approval to overhaul how it calculates and collects regulatory fees from the practices it regulates, so it can now recharge more of the cost of the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) to the firms that generate disproportionate levels of complaints. The oversight regulator, the Legal Services Board, has approved [Read more]

Annual Anti-Money Laundering Report

29 October, 2021

The CLC has today published its first annual report as required by the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019. The report sets out in the detail, with the help of some useful case studies, how the CLC’s risk-based approach has assisted regulated in achieving compliance with AML requirements and improving the risk profile [Read more]

Cyber Cover in PII – Changes to the CLC’s Minimum Terms and Conditions

27 September, 2021

The Legal Services Board approved on 21 September the CLC’s proposed amendments to its Minimum Terms and Conditions (MTC) for Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII). The changes set out to clarify the extent of cover for cyber-related losses while maintaining consumer protections. Read the Decision Notice These amendments follow directions from the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) [Read more]

CLC strips out cost of Legal Ombudsman from practice fees and will recharge firms based on complaints numbers

7 September, 2021

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is planning to start recharging the cost of the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) based on how many complaints each law firm generates, rather than spread the cost across the profession. The cost of LeO (£14.5m this year) is recovered from all of the legal regulators in proportion to the number [Read more]

Firms that generate disproportionate numbers of complaints to the Legal Ombudsman should bear more of the cost

14 May, 2021

Law firms that generate high numbers of complaints compared to their size should bear a greater burden of paying the costs of the Legal Ombudsman (LeO), the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has proposed. In the first move of its kind among legal regulators, the CLC is consulting on moving away from spreading the cost [Read more]

CLC insurance terms on cover for cyber events to be clarified

10 May, 2021

Changes that aim to clarify the extent to which cyber-related losses are covered by professional indemnity insurance (PII) have been put forward for consultation by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC). The six-week consultation that runs until 18 June is in response to directions from both the Prudential Regulation Authority and Lloyd’s of London to [Read more]

Scam Regulatory email

12 November, 2020

In recent days, we have seen examples of scam emails purporting to be from legal and financial sector regulators. The emails ask firms to complete a compliance questionnaire. If you receive such an email purporting to be from the CLC, do not open the questionnaire.  Please forward the email to so that we can [Read more]

CLC responds to Legal Services Board Prices of Individual Consumer Legal Services Report

7 September, 2020

Responding to the publication of the Legal Services Board Prices of Individual Consumer Legal Services in England and Wales 2020 Report Sheila Kumar, Chief Executive of The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) says: “This research from the CMA and LSB makes an important contribution to our understanding of the initial impact the transparency requirements we [Read more]

CLC response to the Legal Services Consumer Panel Tracker Survey 2020

11 August, 2020

Responding to the publication of the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) Tracker Survey 2020, Sheila Kumar, Chief Executive of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) says:   “The LSCP Tracker Survey shows a positive rise in the number of consumers who are shopping around and that the majority of consumers are satisfied with the legal [Read more]

CLC Response to LSCP Report on regulatory sandboxes

28 July, 2020

Responding to the publication of the Legal Services Consumer Panel’s Report Developing regulatory sandboxes for legal services innovation, Stephen Ward, Director of Strategy and External Affairs at the Council for Licensed Conveyancers said: “The LSCP report makes a useful contribution to the thinking about the use of sandboxes. While the CLC does not provide a [Read more]

CLC response to the Legal Services Consumer Panel quality indicators research

24 July, 2020

Responding to the publication by the Legal Services Consumer Panel (LSCP) of its research on consumers feedback on quality indicators in legal services, Sheila Kumar, Chief Executive of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) says: “We know from our own monitoring that CLC practices are complying well with the existing transparency requirements we introduced in [Read more]

CLC Response to HM Land Registry Annual Report 2019-2020

16 July, 2020

The CLC has issued the following statement in response to the publication of HM Land Registry Annual Report 2019-2020: “The Land Registry’s Annual Report shows an organisation that has a strong customer and solution focus. It has been most welcome to see how they have engaged with stakeholders and sought to rapidly adapt their process during the [Read more]

Response to publication of the OLC Annual Report

16 July, 2020

Responding to the publication of the Office for Legal Complaints Annual Report, a CLC Spokesperson said: “The OLC’s Annual Report identifies ongoing significant problems with LeO’s cost per case and a worrying impact on their performance owing to a high level of staff turnover. Our concerns about the cost and efficiency of the OLC are [Read more]

Intervention into Roberts Rose Partnership Limited a former Recognised Body)

2 July, 2020

Roberts Rose Partnership Limited (a former Recognised Body) Intervention into Roberts Rose Partnership – 02 July 2020 The practice closed on 11 March 2020.  In light of breaches of the Code of Conduct, the occurrence of an insolvency event and to protect the interests of the firm’s clients, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has [Read more]

Two new members appointed to the CLC’s governing Council

24 June, 2020

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), the regulator of property and probate lawyers, has today announced the appointment of two new Council members. Jenny Quirke takes up the post of Chair of the CLC’s Audit and Risk Committee and joins the CLC Council in August, following the end of incumbent Heather Foster’s term. Milton James [Read more]

LSB approves CLC’s revised accounts code

19 June, 2020

A revised accounts code that expressly allows firms regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) to use third-party managed accounts (TPMAs), and deal more easily with aged balances up to £50, has been approved by the Legal Services Board (LSB). The new code, which will come into force on 30 September 2020, will contain [Read more]

TQ Property Lawyers

16 June, 2020

TQ Property Lawyers have informed the CLC that they intend to close the practice on 30 June 2020. The practice are in the process of contacting all clients who have a live conveyancing matter to inform them of the arrangements they are putting in place for the closure. TQ Property Lawyers may recommend to you [Read more]

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