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CLC to support firms during coronavirus crisis by allowing them to defer payment of regulatory fees

7 April, 2020

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is to give the firms it regulates the option of deferring the regulatory fees they pay to help them cope with the coronavirus crisis. The CLC shares the Government’s determination that businesses that were sound before the coronavirus restrictions came into force should emerge from this period in good [Read more]

Statement on Conveyancing transactions

1 April, 2020

The CLC is aware of conveyancers coming under pressure to complete on non-critical transactions which involve one or more of the parties moving house during the current period of restrictions aimed at fighting the Coronavirus. As the government guidance states, ‘Conveyancers should advise their clients who are ready to move not to exchange contracts on [Read more]

Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

27 March, 2020

This advice was issued by the Government on 26 March 2020 This guidance applies to people buying or selling private residential homes which they intend to live in. Published 26 March 2020 From: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government Contents Buying and Selling Homes during this stay-at-home period Advice to the public Advice to [Read more]

Coronavirus – Impact on transactions

16 March, 2020

The CLC has received a number of queries about proposals to insert a Coronavirus clause into contracts in conveyancing transactions.  The CLC’s view is that so far as is consistent with the interests of the client you should continue to work within the Standard Conditions of Sale.  There is a risk of unintended consequences if [Read more]

first direct mortgage panel criteria change

24 February, 2020

first direct has informed us that they’re making changes to their purchase mortgage panel criteria to fully align with HSBC UK Bank plc. With effect from 28th February 2020 only conveyancing firms who are eligible to act for HSBC will be able to act for first direct. As part of this change, the lending transaction [Read more]

CLC consults on new guidance on client funds and aged balances

13 February, 2020

Draft guidance on how firms regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) can use third-party managed accounts (TPMAs) – instead of holding client money themselves – has been published today by the regulator. The CLC is consulting on proposed guidance which follows forthcoming revisions to the CLC’s Accounts Code. The guidance is for the [Read more]

Conveyancing in 2030 – looking to an electronic future

29 January, 2020

The role of the conveyancer is undoubtedly going to change as much of the administrative side of the role becomes automated over the coming years, a new report from the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has predicted. Conveyancers will bank both time and cost savings, to be reinvested in improving the quality of service, upgrading [Read more]

Scam Text Message Alert

20 January, 2020

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 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]

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