Welcome

Following on from the success of the inaugural National Conveyancing Week in March 2023, National Conveyancing Week will return in 2024 from Monday 11th to Friday 15th March.

In 2023 the focus was on raising the profile of conveyancers and property lawyers in the home moving process; so often the conduit between the home mover, lender, mortgage broker and estate agent and a role that is largely undervalued, underappreciated and mis- understood.

We continue to see more practitioners leaving the conveyancing profession at the top end than there are joining at the bottom end, and is it any wonder? The profile of conveyancing and conveyancers needs to improve. They are not the bad guys, in fact, quite the opposite, they help people buy their dream homes so that they can live in them and enjoy them as they should. And in these times of frauds and scams, they also make sure that the biggest purchase of their lives is carried out diligently.

In the 20th Century, conveyancers had maybe 10 plates to keep spinning at any one time, now, in the 21st century, it is many many more. And they still keep being added too. The job now is far more challenging than it was, and despite advances in technology, in some quarters there is still a reluctance to adopt and adapt and create efficiencies to enable productivity and streamline workflow. Something needs to change.

The purpose of NCW will be (amongst other things) to: Inform; Educate; Assist; Motivate; Reassure; Help recruit new entrants; Improve the profile of conveyancers and conveyancing and ensure fees can be set at and kept at an acceptable level.

National Conveyancing Week 2024 – Key Themes

Register now to attend our online discussion and information sessions. 

 MorningAfternoon
Monday

Material and Up Front Information and the opportunity for conveyancing

An opportunity to hear from National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team on the requirements of the new Material Information Guidance and implications across the property sector.

Join in the subsequent discussion and debate and ask your questions about how material and up front information impacts you and your business.

10am-11.30am

Creating a digital property market and the role of conveyancers

Join this discussion to learn more about the way in which HM Land Registry, the Home Buying and Selling Group, the Digital Property Market Steering Group and government are working together to develop the strategy for the continued digitisation of the property transaction. 

3pm-4pm

Tuesday

Mental health and wellbeing in the property sector

It is positive to see that mental health and wellbeing remain high on the agenda for law firms after the challenges presented by the pandemic. 

In this panel discussion Conveyancing Foundation Chairman Lloyd Davies discusses the results of the latest Wellbeing at Work survey with British Conveyancing wards “Best Place to Work” nominees Jenny Bland (Director and Head of Property Teams at Ison Harrison Solicitors), Sue Bence (Chief Legal Officer at Simply Conveyancing Property Lawyers Ltd) and Elan Rimmer (Head of Residential Conveyancing and Director at Oliver & Co). 

What are these firms doing that is making them stand out from their peers and providing a positive employee experience? What lessons can be taken away from the results of the latest survey and how can we make conveyancing great again?

10am-11am

The British Conveyancing Awards 2024
In-person and online
www.britishconveyancingawards.co.uk
Wednesday

Collaboration Coffee Morning

In aid of your chosen charity with assistance from the Conveyancing Foundation

What do consumers really think about moving home

Alongside HomeOwners Alliance, National Conveyancing Week have undertaken a consumer sentiment survey seeking to highlight the level of consumer understanding of conveyancing and the role of a conveyancer in the home purchase/sale process. The survey also asked how UK homeowners found their conveyancer, their satisfaction with the service, and what improvements they would like to see to the process.

In this session led by HomeOwner’s Alliance, CEO Paula Higgins talks through the results of the survey which suggest that just two out of five UK adults (40%) are aware of what conveyancing is. Meanwhile 3 in 4 home movers indicated they were “satisfied” with their home moving experience, although “a faster move” and “more frequent communication” featured highly on ways to improve to the conveyancing process.

National Conveyancing Week will publish the results of the survey in an easy-to-digest report available from 11th March 2024

3pm-4pm

Thursday

HM Land Registry in conversation

Rob Hailstone, CEO of Bold Legal Group and one of the founders of National Conveyanicng Week talks to Mike Harlow, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Customer and Strategy at HM Land Registry.

Mike and Rob discuss a range of topic and issues impacting day to day conveyancing as well as the direction of travel for HMLR.

10am-11am

The economics of the property market and what might happen next

Given the trials and tribulations of the property market in recent years, what is going to happen next? With insight drawn from their extensive research, Frances McDonald of Savills provides a comprehensive appraisal of current property market conditions and takes a look at what the data suggests might happen in 2024, 2025 and beyond. 
 

3pm-4pm

FridayNo Planned Theme – CompletionsWine’d Down

You can watch all the talks and presentations from National Conveyancing Week 2023 on the National Conveyancing Week YouTube Channel.

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