Appeal court sets aside £186k professional negligence claim – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A Devon firm has won an appeal against a £186,000 damages award for professional negligence following a conveyancing row with a former client.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th May 2014

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Court of Appeal puts law firm in the dock after being duped in mortgage fraud – Legal Futures

Posted February 25th, 2014 in appeals, conveyancing, fraud, law firms, mortgages, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has overturned a ruling which excused from liability a law firm which was duped into releasing £150,000 of mortgage funds.’

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Legal Futures, 25th February 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Professional Negligence and Purchases of Property in Joint Names – Zenith Chambers

Posted December 3rd, 2013 in cohabitation, conveyancing, negligence, news, trusts by sally

‘The purpose of this article is to consider the increasingly common situation where purchasers buy property in their joint names, subject to an express declaration of trust, and where one party has contributed significantly more towards the purchase price (or may have provided all of the funds for the purchase). The same principles apply whether the purchase is by cohabitees, family members or friends.’

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Zenith Chambers, 27th November 2013

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Thousands of ‘right to buy’ negligence cases piling up against conveyancers – Legal Futures

‘Law firms are facing thousands of claims for professional negligence over their involvement in “right to buy” work, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 27th November 2013

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Is that it for ABSs? – Legal Futures

“There will be plenty of lawyers crowing over the failure of In-Deed Online. Expect a lot of ‘I told you so-ing’. It will be used as evidence that alternative business structures (ABSs) are flawed and that the much-heralded change in the legal market will prove to be a bust.”

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Legal Futures, 3rd June 2013

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A tricky path – New Law Journal

“The conveyancing profession has always had to walk a difficult line in carrying out its day-to-day activities in property transactions. Not only are conveyancers required to be expert in all aspects of property related law, but they have a duty of care to everyone in the transaction (or so it seems). It can easily be the case that, despite a firm’s intentions to act in their client’s best interests, under outcomes-focused regulation, they can still be held liable for issues that arise. This responsibility, coupled with increasing regulation and compliance requirements, downward pressure on fees and on-going problems with access to lender panels, makes the conveyancing landscape more than a little challenging.”

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New Law Journal, 18th April 2013

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

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Day and another v Day – WLR Daily

Day and another v Day [2013] EWCA Civ 280; [2013] WLR (D) 129

“For the purposes of the doctrine of rectification in the case of a voluntary settlement it was the subjective intention of the settlor that was of relevance in determining whether the court should order rectification and an outward expression or objective communication of that intention was unnecessary in such a case.”

WLR Daily, 27th March 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Changes to stamp duty land tax sub-sale rules will affect commercial transactions, said expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 12th, 2012 in bills, conveyancing, news, rent, stamp duty, tax avoidance by sally

“Changes to the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) sub-sale rules announced as part of the draft Finance Bill ‘will introduce complexity and uncertainty into commercial transactions’ said John Christian, a property tax expert at Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-law.com.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th December 2012

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Aftermath of panel reviews – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 1st, 2012 in banking, conveyancing, mortgages, news, solicitors by sally

“It is said that there are more questions on the application form to be a member of a lender’s conveyancing panel than there are to join MI5. Whether or not that is true, it is clear that if you want to do a good job for your homebuying clients, and act for lenders as well as your clients in any conveyancing transaction, chances are you will have to go through onerous vetting procedures now required by banks and building societies to be on their panels of approved solicitors.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st November 2012

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Swansea solicitor Cornelius has fraud convictions quashed – BBC News

“A solicitor from Swansea jailed for fraud and money laundering has had his conviction quashed and been set free.”

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BBC News, 14th March 2012

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Cameron v Boggiano and another – WLR Daily

Posted February 23rd, 2012 in appeals, conveyancing, law reports, sale of land by sally

Cameron v Boggiano and another [2012] EWCA Civ 157; [2012] WLR (D) 39

“A court was entitled to seek assistance on the construction of a plan and title documents by taking account of the topographical features at the relevant date, provided the documents were ambiguous.”

WLR Daily, 21st February 2012

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Pity the poor conveyancer – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2012 in conveyancing, news by sally

“The legal element of buying a house is regarded as a necessary evil, the part that always slows the transaction down. This isn’t necessarily true, of course. But conveyancing is proving to be just as much of a pain to the legal profession as it can be to the public.”

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The Guardian, 19th January 2012

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Mortgage lenders cut lists of ‘approved’ solicitors for conveyancing – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2011 in conveyancing, mortgages, news, solicitors by sally

“As if finding a property, saving for a deposit and passing credit and salary checks weren’t enough for would-be homebuyers, lenders have thrown in a new issue: your solicitor. An increasing number of borrowers are finding that their lender will not work with the law firm they have chosen to do their conveyancing – a situation that is reducing consumer choice and can add costs, hassle and delay to the homebuying process. And the problem is likely to grow.”

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2011

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Legal executives seek independent conveyancing rights – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 29th, 2010 in conveyancing, legal executives, news by sally

“Legal executives could be granted independent rights to provide conveyancing services from next September, if a forthcoming application to the Legal Services Board is successful.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 29th November 2010

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What will the Legal Services Board do about referral fees? – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 14th, 2010 in conveyancing, fees, insurance, Legal Services Board, news, personal injuries by sally

“Is the referral fee debate over? Two reports submitted recently to the Legal Services Board (LSB) would make one think that it is, even though the board itself has still to reach a final decision.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th June 2010

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Tesco takes on ‘sleepy’ solicitors – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 4th, 2007 in conveyancing, news by sally

“Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer, is plotting to take on high street solicitors by launching a property conveyancing service.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd June 2007

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