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Openwork launches surveying service

Openwork launches surveying service

Openwork has launched Openwork Surveying, in partnership with Legal & General Surveying Services, to provide clients with access to specialist surveyors across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

20 Jul 2017

Conveyancing: how advisers can tackle the 'necessary evil'

Conveyancing: how advisers can tackle the 'necessary evil'

There are in any market ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’ and with all the references to ‘fake news’ and the like, there is a danger that we could be led to believe that all manner of facts are simply made up. Part of the danger in today’s world is not trusting any information that is made available, and when you have leading politicians saying that we have become ‘fed up with experts’, then you know we’ve been led down an incredibly slippery slope.

06 Jul 2017

FCA strenghthens anti-money laundering rules

FCA strenghthens anti-money laundering rules

The FCA has introduced new guidance on the treatment of 'politically exposed persons' for anti-money laundering purposes.

06 Jul 2017

Is the conveyancing sector "playing catch up" in the mortgage process?

Is the conveyancing sector "playing catch up" in the mortgage process?

Borrowers believe conveyancing sector is "playing catch up" in the mortgage and remortgage process and is less technologically sophisticated than brokers, lenders and valuers, according to LMS research.

30 Jun 2017

Landbay to launch buy-to-let tax and accounting service

Landbay to launch buy-to-let tax and accounting service

Landbay is launching an accounting, reporting and tax compliance service in response to growing demand from property investors who are looking to hold their properties within limited company special purpose vehicles.

26 Jun 2017

Tesco Bank partners with LMS

Tesco Bank partners with LMS

Tesco Bank has selected LMS as its integrated conveyancing partner.

21 Jun 2017

IFA Conveyancing launches fixed fee bridging proposition

IFA Conveyancing launches fixed fee bridging proposition

IFA Conveyancing has added a fixed fee bridging loan comparison engine to its residential and commercial proposition.

19 Jun 2017

The new HMRC Trust Registration Service - what advisers need to know

The new HMRC Trust Registration Service - what advisers need to know

At the SimplyBiz Group, we have received numerous calls enquiring about the new HMRC Trusts Registration Service, which is a compulsory online service for lead and corporate trustees that builds on existing tax reporting mechanisms. Given the types of queries we’ve heard, I’d predict that many advisers across the industry have the same questions.

16 Jun 2017

NCA seizes £600,000 in assets from mortgage fraudsters

NCA seizes £600,000 in assets from mortgage fraudsters

The National Crime Agency has seized assets worth £600,000 from an organised crime group linked to wine and mortgage fraud.

16 Jun 2017

BEP Systems launches underwriting system for lenders

BEP Systems launches underwriting system for lenders

Web and mobile banking firm, BEP Systems, has designed a new underwriting system for lenders - Agile Underwriting.

07 Jun 2017

 

LMS extends partnership with Dudley Building Society

LMS extends partnership with Dudley Building Society

After originally joining forces in 2014, LMS has today extended its partnership with Dudley Building Society.

05 Jun 2017

Conveyancing market 'flatlines' in Q1: Search Acumen

Conveyancing market 'flatlines' in Q1: Search Acumen

Quarterly conveyancing activity levels have shown little sign of movement in the year so far, with conveyancing volumes up from 245,275 in Q4 2016 to 245,738 in Q1 2017, according to the Conveyancing Market Tracker from Search Acumen.

22 May 2017

Breezeplus launches new initiative to tackle processing times

Breezeplus launches new initiative to tackle processing times

Conveyancing firm Breezeplus has launched a Broker Engagement Programme in order to support brokers who have multiple remortgage cases with the firm and are experiencing communication delays.

19 May 2017

Advisers forecast boom in inheritance tax advice

Advisers forecast boom in inheritance tax advice

Financial advisers are forecasting a boom in demand for inheritance tax advice and looking to strengthen business partnerships with lawyers to help them cope, according to research from Prudential.

18 May 2017

Goldsmith Williams rebranding to GWlegal

Goldsmith Williams rebranding to GWlegal

National law firm Goldsmith Williams Solicitors is changing its name to GWlegal as part of a wider company rebrand.

08 May 2017

Secure Trust partners with Optima Legal for fee assisted remortages

Secure Trust partners with Optima Legal for fee assisted remortages

The Mortgage division of Secure Trust Bank has partnered with Optima Legal in a bid to "make headway" in the fee assisted remortgage market.

02 May 2017

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

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