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Regulatory Return 2014/2015

14 July, 2015

All CLC-regulated practices have until Friday 31st July to complete the CLC’s Regulatory Return 2014/2015. We have written with full details to the preferred contacts of each practice. Find out more

CLC Consultation Adjudication Panel Rules 2015 Analysis of Responses

30 June, 2015

Between May 2015 and June 2015 we consulted on proposed amendments to the Adjudication Panel Rules. The CLC received 2 completed responses. This document sets out the findings of that consultation exercise.  Whilst the response rate is disappointing, it does, perhaps, reflect the fact that the amendments proposed are not seen as particularly controversial:   [Read more]

CLC to move to London

2 June, 2015

The CLC will be moving its offices from Chelmsford to London in August 2015.  This decision has been taken to continue improvements to the service the CLC provides to place us closer to key stakeholders and make us more accessible to the businesses we regulate.  With no more than 25 people on the staff and [Read more]

Consultations on fees, Adjudication Panel members

28 May, 2015

The CLC is consulting on the level and method for calculating individual and entity licence fees. The proposal is to make no change to current fee levels. Find out more and respond to the consultation here We’re also asking for views on the make-up of the Adjudication Panel that determines disciplinary matters referred to it by [Read more]

New Chair of CLC appointed

20 April, 2015

Dame Janet Paraskeva named as new Chair of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers Follows open recruitment process through advertising and search carried out for the CLC by an independent organisation Appointed for initial four year term with effect from 1 May 2015 The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has today announced that Dame Janet Paraskeva has [Read more]

CLC granted powers to issue licences to probate specialists

9 March, 2015

Government amendments to Deregulation Bill passed today at Lords’ Third Reading CLC will be able to issue stand-alone licences to probate practitioners who are not also Licensed Conveyancers Removes an unnecessary hurdle to new practitioners and supports the CLC strategy for the prompting of competition and innovation.    The Lords yesterday accepted government amendments to the Deregulation Bill that [Read more]

CLC Publishes Strategy and 2015 Business Plan

26 February, 2015

Governing Council of CLC settles strategy of specialisation in regulation of property law services Focus on continued support for innovation and competition in context of high standards of consumer protection Builds on the regulator’s strengths and sets clear course for its fourth decade The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has published its strategy for a clear [Read more]

Strategy and Business Plan

20 February, 2015

The CLC has published its focused strategy of specialisation in the regulation of property law services and its business plan for 2015. Find out more

Environmental Searches

18 February, 2015

Risk and responsibility   The Council of Mortgage Lenders Handbook requires conveyancers to procure Local Authority searches to determine whether there are any contaminated land records. However it does not contain a general requirement for environmental search reports, though risk appetite obviously varies between individual lenders (as set out in Part 2 of the Handbook), with some [Read more]

Nationwide Panel

16 February, 2015

The recent announcement regarding the requirement for solicitors to be CQS accredited to be on the Nationwide panel does not in any way affect the status of Licensed Conveyancers on that panel. We have discussed this with Nationwide and hope that this clarification from them clears up any confusion caused by the announcement.

Compensation Fund Consultation

10 February, 2015

CLC consulting on changes to the Operating Framework of its Compensation Fund These are designed to give applicants greater clarity as well as being aligned to the principles of Better Regulation Deadline for responses 31st March The CLC wants to hear from past applicants to the Compensation Fund, the Regulated Community, policy-makers and consumer representatives about [Read more]

Changes to the CLC’s Statutory Framework

9 February, 2015

Government accepts amendments to Deregulation Bill to amend statutory framework of the CLC Amendments will enable CLC to issue stand-alone licences to probate practitioners Delivers part of CLC’s focused strategy of specialist regulation of property law Government Ministers have accepted the purpose of amendments tabled by Baroness Hayter at Lords Report Stage of the Deregulation [Read more]

Chair of CLC to step down

3 February, 2015

After five years driving change as Chair of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers as Chair of the Council, Anna Bradley is stepping down to make time for other roles.  Recruitment of a new Chair has begun and is being supported by Saxton Bampfylde. Read more. Anna’s work with the Council and staff over the past five [Read more]

Kathleen A Turner

27 January, 2015

Following the discovery of certain breaches of the CLC Code of Conduct, in particular the Accounts Code, the CLC has intervened into the Practice of Kathleen A Turner trading from 1 Market Place, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 2HP. Find out more

The CLC is recruiting

27 January, 2015

With a focused strategy that is delivering excellence in the regulation of property law, the CLC is an innovative player in the legal services market. A small and agile organisation that stakeholders say punches above its weight, we are now looking to recruit to a number of exciting new roles that have been created to [Read more]

Tips for complaints handling

12 January, 2015

TIPS FOR AVOIDING COMPLAINTS DO Maintain regular communication with other interested parties, such as the lawyer on the other side of the transaction, especially when a transaction is subject to delay which is beyond your control.  A formal complaint could be avoided simply by explaining why there is delay and the actions you are taking [Read more]

Conveyancing Focus Groups

8 January, 2015

BACKGROUND In December 2014 the CLC held separate focus groups of CLC conveyancers and users of conveyancing services. These were held in London and Manchester. The groups were small and not intended to be representative. The intention was to identify some points for further exploration in the areas of: The use and impact of client [Read more]

Publication of Disciplinary Information

6 January, 2015

Executive Summary Following consultation, the Council agreed, in its July 2014 meeting, to publish dates and locations of forthcoming Adjudication Panel misconduct hearings and formal determinations of conduct complaints heard by the Panel – please see the CLC’s Interim Response to the Consultation published last September for more information on this. In its October and [Read more]

Changes to CLC handook

5 January, 2015

Overview In December 2014, the CLC made 3 Exemption Direction applications to the Legal Services Board, related to a range of technical and minor drafting alterations to the CLC Handbook and associated documents: CLC Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorist Financing Code additions – safeguards duplicated from Mortgage Fraud Code Changes to timeframes of First Tier Tribunal [Read more]

Transition of the HMRC website to GOV.UK

22 December, 2014

Stamp Taxes and ATED guidance for our customers is moving from the HMRC website to GOV.UK on 18th Dec. This note explains why that’s happening and what it will mean for you. Moving our website – and why we are doing it Government is changing – to become ‘digital by default’. A big part of that [Read more]

Important changes to stamp duty land tax

3 December, 2014

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement announced a major reform of SDLT for residential property transactions. With effect from 4 December 2014 the structure, rates and thresholds are being changed. The new rates, which apply where purchases are completed on or after 4 December 2014, are set out below.  Each new SDLT rate will only be payable [Read more]

Cost of Regulation

27 November, 2014

We want to hear from more CLC Lawyers about your views of the cost of regulation. It should only take 25 minutes to complete the Legal Services Board survey and you will be helping us to improve how we work. Find out more and have your say.

Individual and entity licence renewal 2014 – Deadline extension

31 October, 2014

Thank you to all those of you who have used the new online system to renew your licence already.  Your certificates will be coming to you by email over the course of the next week. In view of the difficulties that some people have experienced, we have extended the deadline of online renewal and payment [Read more]

Probate Apprenticeship Announced

23 October, 2014

A consortium of probate practices and experts, supported by the CLC, has been successful in its application to develop an apprenticeship in Probate as part of the Government’s Trailblazer 3 scheme. The consortium has the following members who between them bring a great breadth of experience and insight and who will also be consulting widely [Read more]

HSBC Panel Registration Now Open

9 October, 2014

We wrote to you on 23rd September with details of the agreement with HSBC that will enable all Licensed Conveyancer firms to act for HSBC as well as the home buyer. Read that message again. Registering as a user will enable CLC-regulated firms to receive conveyancing instructions and download relevant legal documentation to be able to [Read more]

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