June 22, 2021

EXCLUSIVE: Solicitors slam MP for saying lockdown will disrupt conveyancing process

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » EXCLUSIVE: Solicitors slam MP for saying lockdown will disrupt conveyancing process previous nextCOVID-19 newsEXCLUSIVE: Solicitors slam MP for saying lockdown will disrupt conveyancing processThree key conveyancing industry organisations have told The Negotiator that Covid rules do not prevent paperwork being completed either face-to-face or online.Nigel Lewis6th November 20201 Comment2,266 Views Leading conveyancing organisations have disagreed with Tory MP Bob Neill after he claimed in parliament that property transactions will be disrupted by the lockdown because many people will not be able to meet solicitors in person to sign documents.Neill refused to back the government’s latest Coronavirus lockdown bill because he said it was poorly drafted, giving the problem with conveyancers as an example.“People are allowed to go to an estate agent, but they cannot go to a solicitor,” he said. “But the documentation that people will need to get a mortgage and to move house will frequently need to be witnessed in person by a solicitor.”We put his points to both the industry’s key trade bodies.  The Conveyancing Association says that as long as conveyancers operate in a Covid-secure manner it should be ‘business as usual’, pointing out that conveyancers can work from their office if necessary and meet client face-to-face for such purposes as ID verification and execution of documents.A Law Society spokesperson says: “There are many aspects of a conveyancing transaction that can be dealt with remotely or virtually.“But some clients lack the confidence or technology to engage remotely or virtually with their solicitor and there are some procedures where lenders or others require that clients are seen in person.“Many aspects of identification can be carried out remotely although more investigations need to be made when there is no face-to-face interaction.“HM Land Registry is now accepting witnessed electronic signatures and is working hard to further develop their requirements so that more conveyancers can use these methods of execution.”Leading conveyancer saysDavid Jabbari (left), CEO of industry conveyancing firm Muve, says any claim that face to face meetings between solicitors and their clients is essential to home moves is incorrect.“For most of the higher volume providers of conveyancing who use modern systems, they will not see their clients at all during the transaction.“The bottom line is that conveyancing is already a digital and virtual industry.”Read more about conveyancing during lockdowns.Bob Neill MP Conveyancing lockdown David Jabbari law society Muve Conveyancing Association November 6, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentDaniel Hamilton-Charlton, Director – Property Searches Direct Ltd Director – Property Searches Direct Ltd 6th November 2020 at 12:07 pmWhen trying to engage with a conveyancer at the minute, the ONLY pertinent question is, “Will I ever need to meet with you face to face?” If the answer is yes, go elsewhere as they are simply not equipped to work as efficiently as they could in all areas of the workflow and will no doubt delay the transaction for you and other in the chain.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img

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