CLC Secure Badge for Websites
Increased online protection for CLC firms and their clients
All conveyancers are aware of the risks of fraud to their clients and their businesses. Firms can be impersonated online, in emails or on the telephone.
To address one of these risks, the CLC is establishing a scheme for the firms that it regulates. It will significantly reduce the risk of impersonation online through cloned or copied websites and will stop fraudsters setting up fake firms that claim to be regulated by the CLC.
The scheme will provide consumers with confidence that the website they have found is for a firm that is regulated by the CLC.
The CLC will provide each firm with a unique piece of code that will provide a CLC secure badge for the firm to display online. The CLC will then monitor use of that code to ensure there is no unauthorised use of the secure badge.
Consumers will be able to click on the badge to see information about the regulated firm on the CLC’s website.
The CLC will promote the secure badge to consumers and encourages firms to do the same.
What firms need to do now
The Council of the CLC has decided that this should be a mandatory scheme. All CLC firms with a website will be required to install the secure logo onto their websites.
We have written to all CLC Managers asking them to confirm the URLs of all of their consumer-facing websites.
If your firm has not yet registered for the scheme, please email us.
We would recommend that firms include the logo in a header or footer section of their website so that it appears on every page. However, firms might choose simply to include the logo prominently on their home page.
Issuing the secure badge to firms
We will issue the web code for the secure badge to firms from the beginning of January 2017 for addition to websites.
The scheme will be administered for the CLC by Yoshki. Find out more about Yoshki.