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Robert Hailstone advises conveyancers on dealing with areas of concern such as fees and capacity

27 October 2015

After 30 years at the ‘coalface’ of conveyancing, I moved away ten years ago. In my relatively new role as CEO of the Bold Legal Group, I now get to see and hear, at first hand, what issues cause concern to over 1,000 busy conveyancers on a day-to-day basis. The list is long, and seems to get even longer by the day. The only really good news is that work is currently plentiful.

The top eight areas of concern (in no particular order, as they say) appear to be: lenders’ panels; Land Registry delays; Conveyancing Quality Scheme reaccreditation; management companies; professional indemnity insurance premiums; frauds and scams; fees; and capacity. I am sure that I don’t need to expand on any of these issues.

What is missing is the impact, or otherwise, that alternative business structures (ABSs) have to make. That is because, so far, their impact has not yet been felt, certainly not at the grassroots level. However, in my opinion, over the next few...

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