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Speed up roll-out

14 May 2003

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.

Law puts heat on agents

21 May 2003

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.

Going it alone

11 June 2003

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.

House of horrors

16 July 2003

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.

Licensed conveyancers in New Zealand

13 August 2003

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

Singapore abolishes conveyancing scale fees

10 September 2003

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...

Careless pruning costs lives

30 October 2003

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.

Residential property market

30 October 2003

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

Secretarial structures

06 November 2003

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

Commercial conveyancing indemnity claims increase

04 December 2003

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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