With a host of keynote speakers delivering a roundup of 'Property Matters,' we aim to bring your practice up to speed with issues affecting the industry. We'll cover Leasehold Reform, SDLT, GDPR, updates from HM Land Registry, and a host of other topics that can have an affect of your business*. There are 5 CPD hours on offer and the event will satisfy A2 of the SRA competence statement.
DATE: 7th November 2017
TIME: 9.15am - 5.15pm
COST: FREE OF CHARGE
VENUE: Mander Hall, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD
Get involved and kick start your Winter training programme through a mix of informative seminars and thought provoking Q and A Sessions.
Alex Morton, Field Consulting and former No10 advisor
How will Government fix the broken housing market?
This 20 minute session will look at the following:
The current state of where the Government is on housing and planning (e.g. Affordable housing spend, planning reform)
Who the key players are
Why the leasehold reforms began and where they ended up in political terms
What other measures may be likely particularly around conveyancing – reform of purchasing is not off the agenda
Andrew Robertson, HM Land Registry
HM Land Registry Update
In this session, we'll update you on HM Land Registry's operational position including:
intakes and backlog
new and updated services in portal,
business strategy update
top tips on avoiding requisitions
Mark Chick, Partner at Bishop and Sewell LLP
Leasehold Update – the Government Consultation and Scope for further Reform
An update on the current developments in residential leasehold, including the government’s White Paper as it affects leasehold property and the proposed scope for reform following the recent government consultation on ‘Tackling Unfair Practices in the Leasehold Market.’
Stephen Ward, Director of Strategy and External Relations, The Council for Licensed Conveyancers
Helping consumers choose their lawyer
This session will look at transparency of service, quality and price. Stephen will also discuss how regulators are responding to recommendations from the Competition and Markets Authority and what this will mean for firms
Stephen Desmond, solicitor (non-practising) and presenter
Key SDLT Fundamentals, Retainer & Residence
Despite SDLT being a very complex tax, conveyancers are regularly expected to calculate and collect it on chargeable purchases of residential properties.
This short presentation will consider some important issues for conveyancers who do not hold themselves out as tax experts, such as -
• Is it sufficient to merely say to clients, "We do not advise on tax"?
• Transfers to connected company
• The surcharge on ‘second homes’ & when a dwelling is a main residence
• Government consultation on reducing submission and payment time limits from 30 to 14 days
Rebecca Stopford, The Legal Director
Why does the GDPR apply to law firms?
Every firm is a ‘data controller’ and every firm obviously holds and processes the personal data of not only clients, but also partners and staff.
The GDPR will apply to how firms treat this personal data internally, as part of the conveyancing transaction and beyond when it is added to your CRM for cross selling and marketing.
The GDPR should be on the agenda for action by your firm’s senior management team. Have they started to recognise this significant compliance issue which requires careful attention and resources? Action is needed now to avoid falling foul of the regulations and the embarrassment of not knowing the law.
With thanks to our sponsors:
- Visit Groundsure in Demonstration Room 1 at 2pm to find out more about Avista, the new all in one environmental report!
- Visit Future Climate Info in Demonstration Room 2 at 2.20pm!
- Put your questions to CLS who will be joining PSG Financial Services on their stand!
- Visit Lawyer Checker in Demonstration Room 2 at 2.00pm!
- Visit Terrafirma in Demonstration Room 1 at 2.20pm!