The Law Society has accredited 202 firms to its Conveyancing Quality Scheme.
Launched in January, the CQS requires law practices to undergo strict assessments, compulsory training, self-reporting, random audits and annual reviews.
Desmond Hudson, chief executive of the Law Society, says: “Accredited firms have reported that new clients are checking whether they are CQS accredited and we are seeing a high level of online traffic to CQS firms via our consumer website. Firms without accreditation could be left behind.”
There have been almost 1,000 applications. Hudson says 202 accreditations might seem low, but it was not a rubber stamping exercise.