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Over 55s risk falling prey to inheritance ‘sibling tax trap’

Over 55s risk falling prey to inheritance ‘sibling tax trap’

More than 1.7million over 55s could miss out on the upcoming increased nil-rate inheritance tax band (the Family Home Allowance) because they've assigned their sibling to inherit their family home and not a direct descendant, according to the latest research from LV= Legal Services.

18 Mar 2017

Number of conveyancing firms rises for first time in five years

Number of conveyancing firms rises for first time in five years

The total number of conveyancing firms operating in the market broke a five year trend of annual decline in 2016, according to Search Acumen research.

21 Feb 2017

Harlequin Group chairman charged with fraud by SFO

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Harlequin Group chairman charged with fraud by SFO

The SFO has today charged David Ames, chairman of the Harlequin Group of companies, with three counts of Fraud by Abuse of Position, contrary to section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006.

17 Feb 2017

Adviser handed 15-year bankruptcy restriction order

Adviser handed 15-year bankruptcy restriction order

A financial adviser has been handed the maximum bankruptcy restriction order of 15 years for managing a limited company despite being declared bankrupt and subject to a lengthy director’s ban.

15 Feb 2017

Mortgage Brain announces conveyancing system enhancements

Mortgage Brain announces conveyancing system enhancements

Mortgage Brain has enhanced its online conveyancing service, ConveyancingBrain, so advisers can more easily manage client cases and conveyancing quotes.

01 Feb 2017

Blacks Connect creates 'sales dream team'

Blacks Connect creates 'sales dream team'

Blacks Connect has bolstered its sales team with three key appointments.

27 Jan 2017

Goldsmith Williams to launch new case management tool

Goldsmith Williams to launch new case management tool

Goldsmith Williams Solicitors has announced plans to launch a redeveloped version of online case management tool GWlive in early 2017.

05 Jan 2017

In the Spotlight with Richard Sexton, e.surv

In the Spotlight with Richard Sexton, e.surv

We spoke to Richard Sexton, Director of Business Development for e.surv, about the role of technology in surveying and the challenges stricter regulation is bringing to the sector.

30 Dec 2016

Conveyancing transactions soar 55% in three years

Conveyancing transactions soar 55% in three years

Productivity levels in the conveyancing market increased by a significant 55% over three years to reach an average rate of 110 transactions per conveyancer last year, according to Search Acumen.

08 Dec 2016

LMS partners with National Counties Group

LMS partners with National Counties Group

LMS has partnered with National Counties Building Society and the Family Building Society.

01 Dec 2016

 

Vida Homeloans partners with e.surv

Vida Homeloans partners with e.surv

e.surv has partnered with Vida Homeloans to become the new mortgage lender's lead valuer and panel manager.

28 Nov 2016

Barclays introduces free residential valuations

Barclays introduces free residential valuations

Barclays Mortgages has today introduced free valuations for residential purchase cases up to the value of £2m, helping homebuyers to save up to £930.

17 Oct 2016

Political turmoil - and the future for conveyancing

Political turmoil - and the future for conveyancing

It’s been interesting to see the conveyancing industry working as something of a collective over the last week or so, seemingly intent on tackling the slowdown in the housing market and laying the blame firmly at the door of George Osborne (with a dash of David Cameron thrown in for good measure).

13 Oct 2016

LMS and Monmouthshire BS extend relationship

LMS and Monmouthshire BS extend relationship

Conveyancing panel management specialist LMS has extended its partnership with Monmouthshire Building Society, following a successful two-year collaboration.

10 Oct 2016

LMS extends partnership with Ipswich BS

LMS extends partnership with Ipswich BS

LMS has expanded its partnership with Ipswich Building Society by providing its general panel management service, Panel Link, to the Society.

05 Oct 2016

Former LV= employee charged with bribery over data leak

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Former LV= employee charged with bribery over data leak

A former LV= employee has been charged with bribery offences following an investigation by the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department into the suspected leak of confidential data to a claims management company.

21 Sep 2016

TFC to offer £1m in free legals through new intermediary club

TFC to offer £1m in free legals through new intermediary club

TFC Homeloans is offering brokers up to £1m in free legals for remortgage clients over a six-month period.

15 Sep 2016

Bankhall and PMS launch DA compliance support service

Bankhall and PMS launch DA compliance support service

Bankhall has announced the launch of Mortgage & Protection Assist, a new compliance support service developed in partnership with PMS Mortgage Club for firms who are directly authorised by the FCA.

08 Sep 2016

Legal & General Conveyancing Services launches

Legal & General Conveyancing Services launches

Legal & General Mortgage Club is expanding its conveyancing proposition with the launch of the launch of Legal & General Conveyancing Services, offering brokers a bespoke solution for their conveyancing needs.

06 Sep 2016

PwC fined £2.3m over subprime lender audits

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PwC fined £2.3m over subprime lender audits

The Financial Reporting Council has fined PricewaterhouseCoopers £2.3m over auditing failures relating to subprime lender Cattles and its subsidiary Welcome Financial Services in 2007.

31 Aug 2016

The Right Mortgage expands compliance team

The Right Mortgage expands compliance team

The Right Mortgage and Protection Network has appointed two new compliance managers.

23 Aug 2016

Industry calls for delay on non-dom IHT reforms

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Industry calls for delay on non-dom IHT reforms

The Government should delay the introduction of the non-domicile reforms until 2018 so that they can be more carefully considered, argues London Chartered Accountants Blick Rothenberg.

23 Aug 2016

New lender BlueZest adopts EDM's valuation platform

New lender BlueZest adopts EDM's valuation platform

Specialist online mortgage lender BlueZest has partnered with EDM Mortgage Support Services to use its Residential Valuation Exchange.

19 Aug 2016

Advisers aiding tax avoidance face 100% fines

Advisers aiding tax avoidance face 100% fines

Accountants and advisers who enable their clients to avoid tax will face tough penalties under new government proposals announced today.

17 Aug 2016

Prudential launches due diligence guides for advisers

Prudential launches due diligence guides for advisers

Prudential has commissioned four new guides to support financial advisers in meeting their due diligence requirements.

03 Aug 2016

Fighting fraud means everyone is better off

Fighting fraud means everyone is better off

In all the client’s excitement around any potential house purchase there will often be a realisation that the legal nature of the transaction is something of a mystery.

29 Jul 2016

TenetLime adds Broker Conveyancing to panel

TenetLime adds Broker Conveyancing to panel

Broker Conveyancing has been added to the conveyancing panel of mortgage and protection specialists TenetLime.

11 Jul 2016

Court of Appeal issues 'landmark judgement' on negligent valuations

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Court of Appeal issues 'landmark judgement' on negligent valuations

A Court of Appeal judgment in a professional negligence case will have "wide-ranging ramifications across the lending industry", according to law firm Rosling King.

01 Jul 2016

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