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Complaints handling

4 April, 2014

We’ve amended the example complaints procedure in the Complaints Guidance section of the Handbook  to reflect the timeframes applied by LeO and already referenced earlier/elsewhere in the Guidance. You should ensure that your own procedures take account of those timeframes. You might be interested to read the Legal Ombudsman’s Guide to Good Complaints Handling which identifies some [Read more]

CLC facilitates creation of a new apprenticeship in conveyancing

4 March, 2014

BIS-sponsored trailblazer consortium to develop a new occupational standard and apprenticeship in conveyancing Council for Licensed Conveyancers facilitating work by employer group as part of its commitment to innovation and growth in the sector New apprenticeship to support broad access to conveyancing profession, increase flexibility in training and set new, stand-alone professional standard The Council [Read more]

CLC seeks three new council members

24 January, 2014

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers is looking for new members of our governing Council who can help us move the organisation forward. Candidates will have strong records in one or more of the following: finance and corporate services academic or policy work in the legal services or property markets consumer advocacy

CLC Christmas closure

18 December, 2013

The CLC offices will be closed over the festive period from Tuesday 24th December and will re-open on Thursday 2nd January 2013. If you need to contact us urgently, please leave a message by calling 01245 349599. Season’s Greetings from all at the Council for Licensed Conveyancers!

Reeve Fisher & sands (Partnership)

11 December, 2013

The CLC intervened into the practice of Reeve Fisher & Sands on 11 December 2013. We are working with the practices listed below to seek to minimise the disruption to former clients of Reeves Fisher & Sands. Clients of CLC-regulated firms are protected in a number of ways. First through rigorous, specialist regulation of specialised [Read more]

Call for expression of interest in apprenticeship trailblazers scheme

28 November, 2013

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers is reviewing paths to qualification as a Licensed Conveyancer to make sure they fit the needs of legal businesses. The Conveyancing Association is supporting this initiative. The CLC is looking for representatives from firms that train Licensed Conveyancers or employ students on the route to qualification as a Licensed Conveyancer. [Read more]

Hempsted property and Probate Lawyers

20 November, 2013

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) intervened in Hempsted Property & Probate Lawyers of 12 Queensberry Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 9AU on Wednesday 20th November 2013. We would like to assure existing clients of Hempsted Property & Probate Lawyers that the CLC is working to ensure that outstanding conveyancing transactions can proceed with minimal inconvenience. [Read more]

The CLC recruiting legal Practice Inspectors

15 October, 2013

Could you help specialist lawyers meet the highest standards and still deal effectively and robustly with those who fail? The Council for Licensed Conveyancers is recruiting Legal Practice Inspectors to add to a well established and highly regarded team. Find out more about the roles and how to apply.

Blueprint Property Lawyers

4 October, 2013

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) intervened in Blueprint Property Lawyers of 3rd Floor 205 Wardour Street London W1F 8ZJ on Friday 4 October We would like to assure existing clients of Blueprint Property Lawyers that the CLC is working to ensure that outstanding conveyancing transactions can proceed with minimal inconvenience. If you have any [Read more]

2013/14 Business Plan

2 October, 2013

Read the CLC’s 2013/2014 Business plan  The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has published its high level business plan to 2014 Chair of the CLC Anna Bradley said: “The specialisation of the CLC is a real strength. It is the major reason why there is no need for a quality scheme for Licensed Conveyancers. The Council [Read more]

Diversity profile of the regulated community

27 September, 2013

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has today published the diversity profile of the community it regulates. Individual entities will shortly receive reports on their own staff groups for publication in line with the requirements of the Legal Services Board. Read more.

2013/14 License and Practice fees

3 September, 2013

The CLC is proposing to make no changes to licence and practice fees for the year beginning November 2013. The methods for calculation of fees and the levels of fee will remain the same as those for the current year. This is subject to approval by the Legal Services Board. Chief Executive of the CLC, [Read more]

CLC submission to thereview of regulation

3 September, 2013

CLC sets out plans for immediate and pragmatic improvements to regulation * on supporting consumer-led innovation in the legal sector * Says another round of fundamental change now would blight the sector The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has today submitted its response to the review of regulation of legal services being run by the Ministry [Read more]

Thematic reviews of complaints handling and managing conflicts of interest

19 August, 2013

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has today announced two thematic reviews to assess standards of practice in the management of conflicts of interest, for example when the regulated community is acting for both the buyer and the seller in a property transaction and in complaints handling. The work will begin immediately and includes targeted surveys [Read more]

Internal Audit Tender

19 August, 2013

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is seeking to appoint an internal auditor to supply services with effect from 1 January 2014. The successful organisation will be required to advise and provide assurance to the Audit Committee on the CLC’s internal control processes. Auditors are invited to make submissions to the CLC by no later [Read more]

Legal Service Board approves CLC’s approach on referral fees

8 August, 2013

A CLC Review found no justification for a ban on referral fees in conveyancing and our proposals for changes to the Disclosure of Profits and Advantages Code to ensure greater transparency have been welcomed by the Legal Services Board. The revised Disclosure of Profits and Advantages Code is now available. Anna Bradley, Chair of the [Read more]

Michael Prout & Co

15 July, 2013

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) intervened in Michael Prout & Co, of 7 St. Nicholas Street, Bristol on Monday 15 July 2013. We would like to assure existing clients of Michael Prout & Co that the CLC is working to ensure that outstanding conveyancing transactions can proceed with minimal inconvenience. If you have any [Read more]

Doubleday Property Lawyers Limited – Closure

11 July, 2013

Doubleday Property Lawyers of 20 High Street, Halstead, Essex, closed on 11 July and all current and past files have been passed to Ross Coates Solicitors along with all client monies retained by Doubleday at the time of closure. Please note that Doubleday Property Lawyers only undertook conveyancing work. Current or past clients of Doubleday [Read more]

Risk management tools

7 June, 2013

Risk Management Tools There is now a broad range of different products on the market offering solutions to different types of risk. In the CLC’s view, the most effective way a practice can minimise risk in any area is to ensure that it has appropriate and proportionate processes and procedures to supervise and quality assure [Read more]

CLC reacts to Lord Chancellors decision not to regulate will writing

15 May, 2013

CLC reacts to Lord Chancellor’s decision not to regulate will-writing CLC disappointed by Lord Chancellor’s decision not to bring will writing into regulation Consumers want peace of mind when writing a will CLC  will explore with will writers options for voluntary regulatory arrangements The Council for Licensed Conveyancers today expressed disappointment at the Lord Chancellor’s [Read more]

CLC publish diversity profiling results

14 May, 2013

In April of this year, the CLC began preparations to undertake a programme of diversity profiling work. This work is a requirement of the Legal Services Board and is designed to ensure the legal services market is reflective of the society it serves. Just as we will be asking our regulated practices to complete a [Read more]

Handbook and Framework amendments

8 May, 2013

View the Handbook and Frameworks explanation of amendments in May 2013 here.

Review of licence and practice fee arrangements

7 May, 2013

The CLC is consulting on the structure for setting regulatory fees for 2013-2014. We intend to set regulatory fees applying the model that has been in force since 1 November 2010. Read moreand respond to the consultation.

Discipline and Appeals Arrangements Consultations

7 May, 2013

Between January 2013 and March 2013 the CLC consulted on our Discipline and Appeals Arrangements. We received 27 completed responses. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the consultation. This document sets out the findings of that consultation exercise.

Mike Judge Property Lawyers

3 May, 2013

On the 30th April 2012 the CLC intervened into the licensed conveyancing practice Mike Judge Property Lawyers of 11-13 Cheetham Street Rochdale, Lancashire. We would like to assure existing clients of Mike Judge Property Lawyers that the CLC is working to ensure that outstanding conveyancing transactions can proceed with minimal inconvenience. If you have any [Read more]

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