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Conveyancers help to fight crime

Solicitors always ask clients for lots of information when they are buying a property. Two of the most important pieces are identification and Source of funds. 
Solicitors  gather this information to ensure their clients are who they say they are and to play their part in preventing crime.
In this Article Katie Easter, trainee with MJP Conveyancing, looks to explain the reasons behind the inquiries solicitors undertake to ensure as best they can that they are not used a a conduit for criminality. 
Anti-money Laundering
Source of funds is closely linked to anti-money laundering purposes. Identification takes away the possibility to commit money laundering whilst remaining anonymous. It can also make it easier to catch previous offenders. Establishing the source of a client’s funds when purchasing a property allows law firms to be vigilant against any suspicious sources. This helps to prevent criminals passing the proceeds of crime though law firms’ client accounts.
The ‘risk profile’
Law fi…

I am frustrated with my conveyancer

‘I am frustrated with my conveyancer as the whole process is taking far too long’ - I hear this from time to time despite the efforts we make at the outset to manage a client’s expectation.  It’s easy to blame and vent anger in the direction of the conveyancer but more often than not the source of the frustration lies elsewhere.
For most home buyers, once they have had an offer accepted on the property of their dreams the next thing they want to do is to start picking out furnishings and make plans to move.   In simple terms  one party wants to buy and one party wants to sell, what could be simpler and why should it take so long for the formalities to be sorted?
The reality is that there is no set timetable when it comes to a conveyancing transaction and so things only progress as quickly as the slowest moving part of the chain.  At a time when banks are now looking closely at their lending criteria it can often be the case that a buyer may have to jump through more hoops that previo…

Can a conveyancer act for both a buyer and seller?

Conflicts of interest, as outlined within the SRA handbook is an important issue that we as conveyancers must consider at the forefront of every undertaking of instruction by potential clients to a transaction. The SRA handbook outlines two different types of conflict which shall be detailed below. 
Georgie Harrington, trainee solicitor with MJP Conveyancing will seek to discuss the contentious topic of acting for both the buyer and seller to a conveyancing transaction, a matter that holds a very high risk of conflict within a firm. Investigating the potential difficulties and whether it is ever considered good practice.
‘Conflict’ for the purposes of our understanding, is something that compromises your, or your firm’s, ability to act in the best interests of each of the clients. For example, one is not able to recommend the best course of action for one client if it in turn prejudices, or has the potential to, affect the interests of the other client to the firm.
The two types of Confl…

Buying a property without a survey is bonkers!

When it comes to a conveyancing transaction where the Buyer is reliant on a mortgage there is a common misunderstanding the lender carries out a detailed survey.
There are, writes Michael Riches, Trainee with MJP Conveyancing,  three “levels” of surveys that are available to a Buyer, which are: Valuation Report, Homebuyers Survey, Full Structural Survey.
Valuation Report
This is the survey the lender carries out when they are considering a mortgage offer. It is a mandatory requirement for any Buyer reliant on a mortgage. The lender will instruct a surveyor, at the Buyers expense, to report to them on the value of the property. The purpose of the survey is to advise the lender whether the property will make a suitable return should the Buyer default on the mortgage. The report does not comment on the structural soundness or any defects the property may have. It is merely a report on the current market value of the property.
Homebuyers Report
A homebuyers report will comment on the quali…