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2010
International

A tighter rein

Roger Tan comments on a recent Malaysian ruling which makes it more difficult for thieves and conmen to fraudulently transfer land.

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The Torrens system

Kirthimala Gunasekera writes that the ultimate success of the registration system depends on the professionalism and ethics of the conveyancing professionals.
 

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Innovative insurance

Kirthimala Gunasekera writes about Sri Lanka's innovative conveyancing methods, insurance schemes and guarantee funds.

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Solicitors stress

UK - More and more solicitors are speaking out against their colleagues who effectively 'bribe' estate agents to give them conveyancing work by paying them referral fees.

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Calls to diversify

UK - Conveyancers are facing unprecedented pressure over fees but have largely failed to diversify into other areas, according to research seen exclusively by the Gazette.

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R.I.P. HIPs

UK - The requirement for homeowners to provide Home Information Packs when selling their homes is to be suspended immediately.
 

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Confused over conveyancing

A survey in England has revealed widespread confusion about conveyancing and the legal process of transferring property ownership.

2009
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Improving conveyancing

The Law Society of England has published a consultation paper seeking the views of solicitors on how the conveyancing process can be improved.

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Radical change

England - Conveyancers must enact 'radical' change to survive, says Chancery Lane.

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Home reports work

Home reports have not hindered the Scottish housing market, Scotland's chartered surveyors have claimed.

2008
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EU Conveyancing

The European Commission has published a study by independent consultants on the EU conveyancing services market.

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Land Law in England and Wales - 1

Paul Omar of Gray's Inn writes extensively about the challenges of modernisation.

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Land Law in England and Wales - 2

Paul Omar of Gray's Inn writes extensively about the challenges of modernisation.

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Mortgage fraud

Criminals will try to exploit the professional services offered by solicitors to enable them to engage in mortgage fraud.

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Lands

The Lands department in the Ministry of Lands in Kenya is a big wheel in the country's economic activity.

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Land fraud

A workshop is to be held in Kaula Lumpur on "Reducing the Risks of Land Fraud". K.S. Gunasekera highlights the conveyancing aspect.

2007
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Not set in stone

Conveyancing has changed a lot in Scotland in the last few years.

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Lawyers woo banks

The Botswana Law Society is battling with the thorny issue of the allocation of conveyancing work.

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Take advantage

London - intermediaries have failed to recommend conveyancing services to their clients.

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Solicitors rail

London - solicitors railed against Tesco for having 'outrageous' and 'misleading' content on its website.

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Negligence and conveyancing

More than a quarter of negligence claims against solicitors relate to conveyancing.

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Are you being served?

UK - an adviser is thoroughly dissatisfied with the quality of "free" conveyancing services.

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Property crisis

Ireland - the recent shutting down of two conveyancing practices could force an overhaul of conveyancing procedures.

2006
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Home fees to fall?

New Zealand now has licensed conveyancers.

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Huge conveyancing

Countrywide Property Lawyers is Europe's largest conveyancing operation with over 10 000 active cases.

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Conveyancing confidential

A "law-talking guy" blogs about the good, the bad and the dangerously incompetent.

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Property transfers open up

Australians in the state of Victoria will no longer be forced to use solicitors for conveyancing work.

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PIMS

The Bahamas is to get a computerised Parcel Information Management System (PIMS).

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New Zealand property law bill

The bill intends to clarify, simplify, streamline and make property transactions more transparent.

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Sum of small fears

Small legal firms in England have recently revealed their fears in a survey conducted in October.

2005
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Nice little earner

With the Law Society of England and Wales set to review the relaxation of the rules for referral fees, the issue is as contentious as ever.

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Scrapping of tariffs

The governing body of Scotland's 8000 solicitors is to scrap its tariff of recommended charges.

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Boundary dispute nightmare

The Barnes have had a dispute over the boundaries of a house they have lived in since 1972.

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Qld solicitors outsource

Queensland solicitors are increasingly starting to outsource their conveyancing writes Tim O'Dwyer.

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Why property matters

The Law Society of Scotland will be holding an annual conference. This year, the conference looks at "Why property matters to Scottish legal profession".

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Solicitors must adapt

The Law Society Council has adopted a new e-strategy amid warnings that solicitors' firms that fail to adapt to developments in IT could find themselves out of business within two or three years.

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Registration in the Bahamas

Clement Chigbo gives an overview of the registration of title to land in the Bahamas.

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Test case

Lawyer-conveyancers are attempting to restore their conveyancing monopoly in Victoria Australia.

2004
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CML Handbook

The Council of Mortgage Lenders' (CML) Handbook is a handbook which gives comprehensive instructions to solicitors and licensed conveyancers acting on behalf of lenders in conveyancing transactions.

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Crooked House

A couple whose dream house had been the scene of a gruesome murder have failed in a bid to win compensation.

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Race winner

The House of Lords has resolved an acrimonious 12-year court battle in the 'race to register' property deeds.

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Top of the indemnity tables

Again conveyancing solicitors were responsible for the largest proportion of professional indemnity claims.

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Property Pioneer shuts

The Law Gazette reports that one of the two original solicitors property centres from the 1980s has closed.

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Referral fees allowed

Late last year the Law Society of England and Wales voted in favour of allowing solicitors to pay introduction and referral fees.

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Lawyers network ... making connections

The Lawyer Business and Property Network is a new Internet-based initiative recently launched in British Columbia, Canada.

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Dodgy property deals

Scams abound; here is one from Australia.

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Madonna's Scottish conveyancer

Says lawyer Lorne Cousin, "It is so exciting when you're waiting to go on and you can hear 20,000 people screaming. It certainly beats rural conveyancing."

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I thought the garden was mine

The estate agent's details said first-floor flat with a garden. But, after moving in, first-time buyer Rob Noble was shocked to discover the garden belonged to someone else.

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Lawyers and Conveyancers Bill

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) has welcomed Justice & Electoral Select Committee's report on the Lawyers and Conveyancers Bill.

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Conveyancing: the psychic link

Are the British really obsessed with property? Maybe so, but they seem to be a little bit vague about the finer details of house-buying...

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Reserve Bank of India

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked banks to take precautions in nine key areas to reduce the incidence of fraud in housing finance.

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Ownership in limbo

Someone discovers he has the title deeds for the land around his parents' semi-detached bungalow, but none for the property.

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Postal ballot on referrals

In July, at the Law Society of England and Wales' annual general meeting, it was decided to hold a postal ballot of the whole profession on the issue of referral fees.

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UK solicitors vote to ban referral fees

Last week solicitors voted three to one in favour of reinstating the ban on referral fees.

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Devil is in referral fees detail

Harry Kanter, who has been in private practice for more than 50 years, doubts that payments to third parties will improve service to clients.

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Reveal perks

Australian mortgage brokers have been ordered to reveal perks - but only if asked to do so.

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Office of Fair Trading

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is to investigate the way property searches are conducted in England after rececieving complaints from property search companies.

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You cannot take it with you?

... Just watch me as I remove fixtures and fittings after I have sold my house.

2003
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Hong Kong Lawyer: Changing times

Conveyancing is no longer the profitable business it used to be. Hong Kong Lawyer spoke to several local solicitors about the future of conveyancing.

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Contaminated land: UK Legislation

A short, useful discussion of contaminated land - given the growing awareness of environmental liability.

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Buyer Beware: Over the internet

In Shattuck v. Klotzbach, Civ. Act. No. 01-1109A (Superior Ct., Mass., December 11, 2001), the court had to decide whether the exchange of e-mails between parties was sufficient to give rise to a contract of sale.

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Opposition to deregulation of conveyancing services

According to a report on the mpmagazine.com website, the Law Society of England is set to criticise the government's proposals to introduce authorised conveyancing practitioners (ACPs). This follows after consultation with, and feedback from, solicitors.

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Legalmart-online

Last year, Legalmart launched an innovative online conveyancing service in New South Wales - the largest property market in Australia.

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Irish Homebuyers/Sellers to gain

Irish homebuyers and sellers are expected to save millions of euro in legal fees as a result of a price war in the legal profession.

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Gazumping and Gazundering

Here we examine the problems caused in England and Wales where buyers and sellers are able to withdraw from an agreement - up until the last minute.

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The Conveyancing Room

The launch of The Conveyancing Room in England at the end of March, means that all parties to a transaction (solicitors, clients, estate agents, mortgagees and other parties) can communicate in a secure, online environment.

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Attorney owned estate agencies?

In a recent article entitled Home (a)loan in the April 2003 edition of De Rebus, Roger Green wrote about the ethical dilemma facing attorneys paying financial inducements to estate agents and mortgage originators. With this in mind, it may be a good idea for lawyers to consider selling property.
 

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De-regulation of conveyancing - Australia

This article looks at the effect competition has had on conveyancing fees in New South Wales since the market began progressive de-regulation in the early 1990s.

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Licensed Conveyancers - the English experience

The English Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is the regulatory body for licensed conveyancers in England. It was established in terms of the Administration of Justice Act 1985.

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Speed up roll-out

Speakers at the April meeting of the English Society for Computers and Law, requested that the Government's roll-out of electronic conveyancing be accelerated. They said that the sooner it is totally operational, the greater the benefits will be for both law firms and clients.

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Law puts heat on agents

The state parliament of Victoria in Australia is proposing a law to fine estate agents who repeatedly underquote and overquote property prices, by up to A$20 000.

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Going it alone

In Going it alone in the Law Gazette, Jeremy Fleming looks at the increasing pressures sole practitioners in England face following plans by the Law Society to relax practice rule 4, thereby allowing employed solicitors to offer their services to the public.

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House of horrors

Since conveyancing generates much work it is not surprising that this area of the law bears the brunt of negligence claims against solicitors. As Chris Baker explains in an article in the Law Gazette entitled Inside the house of horrors, using some simple risk management procedures can reduce these claims.

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Licensed conveyancers in New Zealand

Lawyers in New Zealand will lose their exclusive right to provide conveyancing services to the public if the Lawyers and Conveyancers Bill is passed.

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Singapore abolishes conveyancing scale fees

Following the recommendations by a Conveyancing Fees Review Committee, conveyancing fees in Singapore became totally liberalised on the 1st February this year, allowing lawyers to freely negotiate them. Yet...

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Careless pruning costs lives

Neighbours' feuds should provide enough material to keep writers of farce busy. At the moment some 10 000 hedge feuds are being waged in England; yes, 10 000.

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Residential property market

Overview - Residential Property Market by Allan Carton in Practical Solutions in which he discusses the English residential market with respect to the conveyancing profession.

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Secretarial structures

Law firms can make huge savings by reorganising their secretarial structures, promoting team leaders and using digital dictation, according to the LawGazette.

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Commercial conveyancing indemnity claims increase

According to the LawGazette a sharp rise in commercial conveyancing negligence claims over the past year has seen them catch up with domestic conveyancing as the principal cause of indemnity notifications.

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Lawyers and Conveyancers Bill

The proposed Lawyers and Conveyancers Bill in New Zealand is not real reform, according to an article on Scoop.

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The skill factor

A letter in the LawGazette ends off with the words: "It is about time everyone remembered that conveyancing requires skill and detailed legal knowledge, and stopped trying to give the impression that it is no more complicated than selling a packet of crisps."