The Liver Building

2021 Residential Property Conference


Speaker: Various

Date: Wednesday 15th September, 2021

Time: 09:30 - 15:45

Areas of Law: Property

Competencies: B


Course Code: S4553


Sponsored by:

Landmark Information is at the forefront of legal products and data supply to support the UK’s Property Professionals. Our dedicated, personal approach supports legal professionals in their due diligence in line with the Law Society and SRA requirements. Landmark’s longevity in the legal market brings valuable experience and dependability to risk solutions whilst continuing to innovate.

Can’t make the date/time or need to revisit the training? No problem, booking onto this event means you will receive a link to access a recording of the event at your leisure! The link will be sent within approx 72hrs of live broadcast & be available for approx. 3 months, to view as many times as you wish.

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Welcome & introduction ~ Angela Hesketh

Managing risk in a changing environment ~ Stephen Ward, CLC

One of the biggest impacts of the pandemic has been its effect on how we work – overnight millions of workers globally were sent home to work remotely. As we begin to emerge from the pandemic many companies are now re-considering how they previously worked and looking to see what future models may look like. While remote working has many benefits for both employer and employee how do firms navigate managing risk in this new world?

  • How to manage supervision of both trainees and ‘supervised’ work
  • Mental health / creating a team atmosphere
  • Ensuring data protection of clients is adhered to
  • Business continuity planning – what will this look like now?
  • Suitable file storage in either unoccupied premises or digitally
  • What firms can be doing to balance employee expectations and business/client need

HM Land Registry Update ~ Leanne Wright, HM Land Registry

  • A general HM Land Registry update including the latest information on Safe Harbour and ID verification
  • The latest on the Local Land Charges programme and migration of LLC data

comfort break

Leasehold Pitfalls With Ground Rents ~ Lorraine Richardson, Adapt Law

Leasehold reform is on the government agenda, but this is of little help to coalface conveyancers who are facing leasehold challenges on a daily basis.  Covering:

  • Where are we with escalating ground rents?
  • What are the solutions?
  • How should we limit our advice?
  • Update on the lenders position with ground rents
  • Brief update on leasehold reform

Making the property transaction easier for all ~ Alison Parsons, Landmark 

The last 18months has seen an unprecedented time for the property market. Conveyancers especially have had to cope with extremely high volumes and often from home. With all the highs, lows and frustrations came lots of talk about embracing digitalisation to change the conveyancing transaction to make things quicker and more automated. But what should be the key elements for change be, if any?

  • Reflection of the property market in 2020/21
  • What did we learn?
  • Search Provision – where do we go next?
  • Landmark’s goal

comfort break

Anti Money Laundering and Source of Funds ~ Lorraine Richardson, Adapt Law

The LSAG guidance on the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 was issued in January 2021. There are a number of issues relevant to conveyancers including:

  • Guidance on source of funds and source of wealth
  • Accepting cash into client account
  • The importance of matter risk assessments
  • Proving what has been done on a file

After the [SDLT] holiday is over ~ Bill Chandler, Hill Dickinson

Stamp Duty Land Tax on residential property is an increasingly complex minefield.  We consider some of the countless quirks and traps, involving:

  • The 3% surcharge for [not just] second homes
  • The 2% surcharge for non-residents
  • Multiple Dwellings Relief
  • Companies and Trusts

The future path & challenges of Conveyancing/conveyancers ~, Eddie Goldsmith of You Convey & Stuart Young of The Property Log Book

  • Presentation & discussion from leading property experts on the changes happening now within the conveyancing industry in relation to service provision & what the future looks like

Summary & thanks ~ Angela Hesketh

Speaker Biographies

Bill Chandler is the professional support lawyer to Hill Dickinson’s national property team, providing technical legal support to the team and its clients.  Bill has presented at over 200 conferences and seminars and has been a regular speaker at Liverpool Law Society’s  Property Conferences since 2008.  Prior to assuming his present role in 2007, Bill was a partner in the property team with over 10 years’ transactional experience acting for retailers, developers and others on all aspects of commercial property work.

Eddie Goldsmith is a Solicitor and for the past 40 years has been a residential conveyancer. Eddie was a founder partner of Goldsmith Williams and built up one of the largest conveyancing practices in the UK with a staffing of over 380 dealing with mortgage intermediaries around the country . Eddie was the Chair of the Conveyancing Association for 12 years and remains on the Executive Board of the Association with special emphasis on the Future of Conveyancing. Since his retirement from practice Eddie has launched a new conveyancing service which enables customers to collaborate with their conveyancers. Assigning administrative tasks in the transaction to the customer will speed up the transaction time-line and free up the time of customers’ conveyancers to deal with the legal aspects of the transaction His company YouConvey is currently piloting some initial cases and after the  soft launch intends to become a new conveyancing model for the future.

Angela Hesketh has worked within Conveyancing for the last 30 years building processes and managing teams in a wide variety of law firm setups from small high street practices to large volume operations.  This passion for change has lead to appointment to various boards including the executive board of the Conveyancing Association and the financial and property services board for the Liverpool City Region. In addition she sits as professional member on the CILEX disciplinary tribunal.  Angela is now looking to use this knowledge and drive for change in her new role as Director of Conveyancing Transformation at ULS Technology.

Alison Parsons, Legal Customer Success Consultant – Landmark Information Group. Alison has over 27 years’ experience in marketing, consulting with & advising various businesses, the last 13years working directly with Law firms.

Lorraine Richardson (M.A. Cantab) is a conveyancing expert, solicitor and legal trainer. When in partnership in practice, she ran a branch office and was the COLP for her firm. She is now a freelance and in addition to locum work to remain current, she writes and delivers training for a variety of organisations including law firms, universities, and professional bodies. Lorraine is a main contributor for the monthly update publication for practitioners, ‘The Practical Lawyer’ and is looking forward to the publication of her new book by Law Brief Publishing: ‘A Practical Guide to Document Signing and Electronic Signatures for Conveyancers’

Stephen Ward is Director of Strategy & External Relations, for the Council of Licenced  Conveyancers (CLC) & leads on the CLC’s strategy development and delivery. He has a background in the civil service and political campaigning as well as business strategy in the private sector. For several years Stephen was Director of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Law Society.

Leanne Wright, HM Land Registry

Stuart Young, The Property Log Book


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