• Estate Agent Regulation: Be careful what you wish for

    It is often said that truth is stranger than fiction. So, I was not entirely surprised to hear recently that Labour, who based on current projections are highly likely to form the next government, are planning on requiring all estate agents to hold a minimum level of academic qualifications. At least one A level, or an undergraduate degree for directors,…

  • Commercial pressure on solicitors to use connected suppliers

    Following on from the discussion/expose of estate agent “conditional selling” kicked off by MtgeBroker Malcolm Davidson of Moneyman Mortgage Brokers on LinkedIn, how about this for anexample of unethical cross selling by IT suppliers in conveyancing … My firm’s case management and accounts software supplier (S1) has just told us the price of thefirm’s annual licence is increasing from £8,220…

  • Are Conveyancers Being Marginalised?

    Politics “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors” ~ Plato Whilst I certainly do not mean to imply that lawyers are superior to other individuals, at what point will we finally grow tired of being subject to the demands and whims of shallow financial interests from outside…

  • A Contaminated Home-Buying Environment

    Young Buyers A young couple enters the offices of a branch of a large chain of estate agents. They are just an ordinary couple who have worked hard to save the necessary funds to buy a home. The parents are backing the couple with cash gifts to get them off to the best start on their first purchase. Let us…

  • The Broken Regulation of Legal Services

    Parody Regulation Somebody once wrote, “All the conventions of art and life find their highest expression in parody”. Following the evidence sessions of the Commons Justice Committee (Committee) on the state of legal services regulation in the UK, lawyers must feel that such a regulatory system is now beyond a joke. Depleted Commons Committee The Committee, depleted for these hearings,…

  • Regulators to be Grilled.

    The Law Society Gazette has reported: “The legal sector’s main regulators and representative bodies are to be grilled by an influential cross-party group of MPs – which wants suggestions on what to question them on. Legal chiefs will be questioned on the performance of the regulators, the professional bodies’ relationship with the regulators, the legal and institutional framework underpinning regulation,…

  • Media Release

    PLAG LAUNCHES CHARTER The recently formed Property Lawyers Action Group has published its charter containing its core principles and beliefs. Why was PLAG formed? There are several reasons. But let us look first at recent history.

  • PLAG Founding Statement

    PLAG is a growing group of lawyers drawn from across the legal profession, which has recently formed to promote the rule of law in all branches and the vital role of lawyers within it. It seeks to promote the idea of practising law in a modern manner by improving access to the professionalism of its members, not crude consumerism. Axiom…