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Electronic local searches to be taught on legal practice course

The move follows a successful pilot of the use of OneSeach Direct&#39s online search service on the College of Law&#39s London course. Use of the same service will now be taught on the college&#39s other courses in Birmingham, Chester, Guildford and York.

Richard Megson, sales and marketing director of OneSearch Direct, says: &#34In the future all conveyancing, including the local search, will be completed online to save time, cost and hassle. It is therefore essential that the next generation of solicitors becomes familiar with new approaches to conveyancing.&#34

Nigel Hudson, assistant director of development at the College of Law, says: &#34The future for conveyancing is online. This move will help to ensure that our students have up-to-date conveyancing skills before going into practice.&#34


Scottish Provident gives clear regulatory direction on distance marketing

From October 9, intermediaries selling protection will have to comply with the Distance Marketing Directive as part of FSA regulation for protection and general insurance. The DMD means that for all sales that take place in any form other than face to face, intermediaries should ensure clients have a copy of all the terms and […]

Mortgage Trust reduces mass market buy-to-let fixed rate to 5.95%

Reduced from their previous fixed rate of 5.99%, the product also boasts a lower arrangement fee, 85% LTV and no MIG. With no early redemption charges applicable beyond the fixed rate duration, the latest product from Mortgage Trust is ideal for property investors looking for the certainty of a low rate for a set period. […]

Industry sources warn of blood on the carpet

There is growing concern that many networks could be guilty of a regulatory breach unless they make sure any shortfalls in the number of ARs they have for Mortgage Day is communicated to the FSA. So if a network originally told the FSA that they were looking for some 300 ARs and they are now […]

FSA job offer raises eyebrows in industry

A recent Financial Services Authority job advertisement for a chairperson on its regulatory committee who can expect to earn £150,000 for just three days&#39 work has raised eyebrows in the industry. One anonymous broker says: “Good work if you can get it.This is another insight into the FSA. It&#39s good to know that our money […]

Auto enrolment – so far so good?

Jamie Clark – Business Development Manager The recent report from the Pensions Policy Institute demonstrates the sheer scale of auto-enrolment so far and what we can expect in the future. We’ve pulled out the key information to save you reading the full report. Auto enrolment in numbers Sources: Pensions Policy Institute, The Future Book: Unravelling […]


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