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Christmas Closure

19 December, 2023

The CLC’s offices will close at 5pm on Friday, 22nd December and reopen on Tuesday, 2nd January. Any urgent contact should be made through clc@clc-uk.org, which will be monitored throughout the period.

Cyber disruption to legal services – keeping all parties informed

27 November, 2023

The conveyancing sector is currently experiencing some disruption to transactions arising from a cyber incident affecting a supplier to legal services providers. As well as keeping their own clients informed of any disruption to their matter in relation to such incidents, we expect any directly affected CLC-regulated practices to ensure that they have alerted lawyers [Read more]

Cyber incident affecting property transactions

24 November, 2023

We have been made aware that a cyber incident is affecting some conveyancing firms today and preventing some transactions from completing. The exact details are, as yet, unknown, but we advise all firms to check carefully if they have any reason to believe that client data has been compromised. For consumers expecting to complete a [Read more]

Survey: Grant of probate delays extend to 19 weeks

4 October, 2023

In a recent survey undertaken by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) 70% of probate practitioners reported waiting in excess of 10 weeks for probate to be granted, with 57% of those saying it was taking longer than 19 weeks. As recently as May, data released by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) revealed the [Read more]

Becoming a CLC lawyer

5 September, 2023

Training provider MOL has webinars coming up for potential students and their employers all about their course that leads to qualification as a Licensed Conveyancer. You can register at the links. 06/09/2023 Everything you need to know about Conveyancing Law and Practice 10/01/2024 Everything you need to know about Conveyancing Law and Practice 24/04/2024 Everything [Read more]

ProConveyancing UK Limited

7 June, 2023

Intervention into ProConveyancing UK Limited – 7 June 2023 In order to protect the interests of the clients, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) has intervened into: ProConveyancing UK Limited, trading from: Suite G5, Ground FloorGateway HouseNew Chester RoadBromboroughCH62 3NX Frequently asked questions Q. Where is the file for my matter? A. Your files are currently [Read more]

Scam Email David Hill & Co

1 March, 2023

We have been made aware of what appears to be a scam or malware email purporting to be from a firm named David Hill & Co. Solicitors which claims to be regulated by the CLC. The CLC does not regulate a firm by that name. The email address of the sender of the email seems [Read more]

Your questions answered: Issues discussed in our Twitter Q&A

14 October, 2022

From stamp duty cuts to cyber-crime and the cutting-edge technology transforming the conveyancing sector, there was lots to discuss at the CLC’s first Twitter Q&A. Stephen Ward, our director of strategy and external relations, was in the hot seat as we tried to cover off the issues most important for conveyancers and consumers. For anyone [Read more]

CLC Council Meeting of 28th July 2022

15 August, 2022

Chair’s Report from Dame Janet Paraskeva Regulatory Fees and Fee Rates As ever the last meeting of the Council before the Summer break had some significant agenda items. This year, as every year, we reviewed regulatory fees and fee rates for the next licence year that will begin on 1 November. The CLC has been [Read more]

Frameworks New

13 June, 2022

Introduction ABS Licensing Framework Purpose of Framework Overview of Framework Forms of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) Who can apply Licensed Body (ABS) Applications Transitional arrangements for CLC Recognised Bodies Licensed Bodies regulated by other Licensing Authorities Fees Licence Application Assessment Licensed Body (ABS) Register Adverse Information Regulatory Responsibilities of a Licensed Body (ABS) Monitoring CLC Enforcement [Read more]

Fake CLC email

5 April, 2022

Emails purporting to be from the CLC are in circulation, we understand. They appear to come from ‘info@clc-uk.org’. That is not a CLC email address and we recommend that you delete any messages claiming to come from that address.

The Conveyancing Academy

4 February, 2022

The CLC has been extremely concerned by the issues at the Conveyancing Academy and the experience of students and their employers. However, the Conveyancing Academy is overseen by the SQA. The CLC has no management or control over the Conveyancing Academy or any of the other education providers approved by the SQA. This is not [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]

Join a Digital Identity Pilot

13 September, 2021

The home buying and selling process is based on a high level of trust between trusted third parties such as estate agents, conveyancers & lawyers, financial intermediaries and mortgage lenders. The core of the transaction centres on proof of identity and ownership and currently organisations will not trust identity verification carried out by another organisation. [Read more]

Advisory Note: Cross-border mortgages post-Brexit

15 December, 2020

We have been alerted to an issue that could affect some transactions that are currently in progress when Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020. The relates to lenders who offer mortgages on overseas properties (e.g. a holiday home in Spain) or to British citizens living in the EU (e.g. a buy-to-let mortgage on [Read more]

Could vendor disclosure replace caveat emptor?

6 November, 2020

The rapid adoption of technology because of lockdown could move the conveyancing process from an emphasis on the buyer and caveat emptor to one of vendor disclosure, a Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) roundtable has heard. Vendor disclosure would put the onus on the seller to ensure that they have provided all the information required [Read more]

CLC response to the Legal Services Consumer Panel quality indicators research

20 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]

Home-buyers “in the dark” over fees lawyers pay for their work

10 October, 2018

Most home-buyers do not know if their conveyancer paid a fee for a recommendation from their estate agent, according to new research from specialist property lawyer regulator, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC). A YouGov survey of almost 500 consumers in England and Wales who have bought a property in the last 10 years, reported [Read more]