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August Newsletter Published

28 August 2015

Read the CLC's latest newsletter full of vital updates for conveyancers, including tackling cyber-crime threats to clients and businesses. 

August 2015 Newsletter 

 

 

CLC holds fees steady for third year

24 August 2015

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has today announced that it is freezing regulatory fees for the next year. This will be the third year for which fees have been set at the same level. Individual licences are fixed at £400 while entity fees are calculated based on a firm’s turnover.

The CLC has been streamlining the way it meets its core responsibility of consumer protection through specialist regulation of specialist property lawyers. It recently secured the power to issue stand-alone licences to probate practitioners and will soon be announcing major changes to arrangements for education leading to licence as a CLC Lawyer, whether Licensed Conveyancer or Probate Practitioner. The CLC is also putting the finishing touches to a major staff reorganisation that will deliver improved performance and customer service through a tighter staff team which is now located in London in offices that provide easier access for stakeholders and an improved, open plan working environment that fosters closer coordination.

Chief Executive of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers, Sheila Kumar said: “At the CLC we are working hard to ensure that our model of specialist regulation of specialist property lawyers delivers all of the benefits it possibly can to the consumer as well as to individual lawyers and the legal businesses that we regulate.  Through improved infrastructure and changed staffing arrangements, we will be able to offer an improved service to the regulated community and others with whom we work closely. The new teams are reviewing the way we work with a view to making large or small changes that will improve efficiency and effectiveness and so the value for money of our operations. I am very pleased that we have been able to make these improvements without increasing the burden on the profession.” 

Licence Renewal 2015

Regulatory Return 2014/2015

14 July 2015

All CLC-regulated practices have until Friday 31st July to complete the CLC's Regulatory Return 2014/2015. 

We have written with full details to the preferred contacts of each practice. 

Find out more

CLC Consultation Adjudication Panel Rules 2015 Analysis of Responses

30 June 2015

Between May 2015 and June 2015 we consulted on proposed amendments to the Adjudication Panel Rules. The CLC received 2 completed responses. This document sets out the findings of that consultation exercise.  Whilst the response rate is disappointing, it does, perhaps, reflect the fact that the amendments proposed are not seen as particularly controversial:

CLC Change of address

19 June 2015

With effect from 1st August 2015 the address of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers will be:

Council for Licensed Conveyancers

CAN Mezzanine

49 - 51 East Road

London

N1 6AH

From 1st August all postal correspondence should be sent there.

If you are regulated by the CLC, please ensure this address is updated on all materials through which you promote the CLC’s address to clients or others.

We will advise of new telephone numbers shortly. Email addresses are unchanged. 

As has previously been announced, this decision has been taken to continue improvements to the service the CLC provides, placing us closer to key stakeholders and making us more accessible to the businesses we regulate.  With no more than 25 people on the staff and a governing Council of just nine, the CLC is a lean regulator that works hard to support innovation and competition in the legal market place through its specialisation in property law. Our new offices are in a building dedicated to not-for-profit organisations and present excellent value for money so that the change of premises and improvements it will bring will not increase the CLC’s costs or the cost to the profession.

 

CLC to move to London

02 June 2015

The CLC will be moving its offices from Chelmsford to London in August 2015.  This decision has been taken to continue improvements to the service the CLC provides to the regulated community, to place us closer to key stakeholders and make us more accessible to the businesses we regulate.  

Consultations on fees, Adjudication Panel members

28 May 2015

The CLC is consulting on the level and method for calculating individual and entity licence fees. The proposal is to make no change to current fee levels. Find out more and respond to the consultation here

We’re also asking for views on the make-up of the Adjudication Panel that determines disciplinary matters referred to it by the CLC. Find out more and respond here

Janet Paraskeva Appointed as Chair of CLC

20 April 2015

  • Dame Janet Paraskeva named as new Chair of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers
  • Follows open recruitment process through advertising and search carried out for the CLC by an independent organisation
  • Appointed for initial four year term with effect from 1 May 2015

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has today announced that Dame Janet Paraskeva has been appointed as Chair of the Council for a four year term which is renewable once. This appointment follows the stepping down of Anna Bradley after five years leading the organisation.

Dame Janet was Chief Executive of the Law Society from 2000 to 2006, preparing it for the advent of the Legal Services Act 2007 by establishing the separation of regulatory and representative functions. She has since served as First Civil Service Commissioner, been an independent member of the Consumer Council for Water, a non-executive director of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, Chair of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission and is currently Chair of the Appointments Commission for the States of Jersey. Dame Janet was made a Privy Councillor to assist in her role as a member of the Detainee Inquiry established by the Prime Minister in 2010.

Interim Chair of the CLC and Chair of the Nominations Committee which made the appointment Jan Smith said: “We were delighted with this recruitment process, which delivered a very wide and strong field of candidates. We are especially pleased to have secured Dame Janet to chair the CLC through the next phase of its evolution. Her experience of the legal sector, consumer affairs and Whitehall will be of immense value to the CLC as will her experience of management and of non-executive roles in very high profile organisations.”

Dame Janet Paraskeva said: “I am looking forward to working with the Council and staff of the CLC. The team, along with my predecessor Anna Bradley, have set a clear strategy for the organisation. There is much now to be done to ensure that this specialist regulator of legal services can increase its support for innovation and growth in the legal sector for the benefit of consumers as well as providing an alternative model of regulation to inform change across the legal sector.” 

CLC granted powers to issue licences to probate specialists

09 March 2015

The Lords yesterday accepted government amendments to the Deregulation Bill that will enable the Council for Licensed Conveyancers to licence specialist Probate Practitioners.  

Until now, anyone wishing to be a CLC-regulated Probate Practitioner has also had to qualify as a Licensed Conveyancer. Today's amendments tidy up that and other quirks in the framework of legislation governing the CLC. 

 

CLC Publishes Strategy and 2015 Business Plan

26 February 2015

  • Governing Council of CLC settles strategy of specialisation in regulation of property law services
  • Focus on continued support for innovation and competition in context of high standards of consumer protection
  • Builds on the regulator’s strengths and sets clear course for its fourth decade

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has published its strategy for a clear focus on specialist regulation of providers of property law services, principally conveyancing and probate and associated areas such as wills.