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Nationwide Panel

16 February 2015

The recent announcement regarding the requirement for solicitors to be CQS accredited to be on the Nationwide panel does not in any way affect the status of Licensed Conveyancers on that panel. 

We have discussed this with Nationwide and hope that this clarification from them clears up any confusion caused by the announcement. 

Compensation Fund Consultation

10 February 2015

  • CLC consulting on changes to the Operating Framework of its Compensation Fund
  • These are designed to give applicants greater clarity as well as being aligned to the principles of Better Regulation
  • Deadline for responses 31st March

The CLC wants to hear from past applicants to the Compensation Fund, the Regulated Community, policy-makers and consumer representatives about its plans for the future of the Compensation Fund. 

A consultation has been launched today that will run until Tuesday, 31st March.

The Compensation Fund is administered by the CLC as a fund for clients who have suffered financial loss at the hands of a CLC-regulated lawyer and where other remedies have failed. It is funded by a levy on the Regulated Community.

Chief Executive of the CLC, Sheila Kumar said: ‘Our new proposed Operating Framework for the CLC Compensation Fund has been designed to give applicants greater clarity about the circumstances under which an application to the Fund will be successful. It also takes into account the Better Regulation principles of transparency, accountability, proportionality, consistency and targeted action. We need the views of lawyers, their clients, consumer groups and other policy makers before we finalise our proposals for decision by the governing Council of the CLC.‘

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Changes to the CLC's Statutory Framework

09 February 2015

  • Government accepts amendments to Deregulation Bill to amend statutory framework of the CLC
  • Amendments will enable CLC to issue stand-alone licences to probate practitioners
  • Delivers part of CLC’s focused strategy of specialist regulation of property law

Government Ministers have accepted the purpose of amendments tabled by Baroness Hayter at Lords Report Stage of the Deregulation Bill. They undertook to bring their back their own versions of those amendments to achieve the same outcomes at Third Reading, given some changes to technical aspects of the wording of the amendments.

Unlike other regulators in the legal sector, the CLC was created in statute and many of its powers are therefore set out in statute. Many changes to how it regulates can usually only be achieved through changes to legislation rather than regulatory rules, as is the case for other legal regulators.

 

Changes at the CLC

03 February 2015

Anna Bradley to step down as CLC chair after five years

Legacy is a focused strategy of specialisation for strong consumer protection, support for innovation and competition

Internal restructure underway to deliver strategy

 

 

The CLC is recruiting

27 January 2015

With a focused strategy that is delivering excellence in the regulation of property law, the CLC is an innovative player in the legal services market. A small and agile organisation that stakeholders say punches above its weight, we are now looking to recruit to a number of exciting new roles that have been created to maintain our position as a trailblazer.

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Kathleen A Turner: intervention

27 January 2015

Following the discovery of certain breaches of the CLC Code of Conduct, in particular the Accounts Code, the CLC has intervened into the Practice of Kathleen A Turner trading from 1 Market Place, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 2HP.

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Tips for complaints handling

12 January 2015

View these handy tips created by CLC on complaint handling.

Conveyancing Focus Groups

08 January 2015

In December 2014 the CLC held separate focus groups of CLC conveyancers and users of conveyancing services. These were held in London and Manchester. The groups were small and not intended to be representative. The intention was to identify some points for further exploration in the areas of:

  • The use and impact of client care letters
  • Effectiveness of signposting clients to the CLC and LeO
  • Expectations of Professional Indemnity Insurance and the CLC’s Compensation Fund

Publication of Disciplinary Information

06 January 2015

  1. Following consultation, the Council agreed, in its July 2014 meeting, to publish dates and locations of forthcoming Adjudication Panel misconduct hearings and formal determinations of conduct complaints heard by the Panel – please see the CLC’s Interim Response to the Consultation published last September for more information on this. In its October and December meetings the Council discussed the following related items:
a. Naming of respondents and a summary headline of the issue, prior to Adjudication Panel hearings;

b. Regulatory and Other information to be published.

Changes to CLC handook

05 January 2015

In December 2014, the CLC made 3 Exemption Direction applications to the Legal Services Board, related to a range of technical and minor drafting alterations to the CLC Handbook and associated documents:

  1. CLC Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorist Financing Code additions – safeguards duplicated from Mortgage Fraud Code
  2. Changes to timeframes of First Tier Tribunal (and other) – impacts upon the determination and appeal timeframes of a number of arrangements, as set out by the LSB  
  3. 3. CLC Handbook Introduction – removal of a time-specific provision.