The Conveyancing Task Force

A number of leading organisations in the conveyancing profession have agreed to work together as The Conveyancing Task Force to discuss, and where possible agree, on reform and enhancement of the conveyancing process for the benefit of consumers and lawyers alike.

The formation of the Conveyancing Task Force which comprises The Law Society, The Society of Licensed Conveyancers, The Conveyancing Association, CILEx and the Bold Legal Group has taken nearly two years and formal Terms of Reference for the Group have been agreed which provide the basis for working constructively together.

As an example of the value that the Conveyancing Task Force can deliver, all members of the Group have recently released three documents to their members relating to the current extraordinary circumstances of the Covid pandemic and the impending expiry of the SDLT ‘holiday’ at the end of March. These documents provide clarity and a consistent approach for conveyancers and their clients in these very unusual times, and in particular in the event that matters do not complete in time to benefit from the SDLT ‘holiday’.

Simon Law, Society of Licensed Conveyancers Chairperson and newly appointed Conveyancing Task Force Chair commented: “These are challenging times for the conveyancing profession, with the ongoing effects of Covid and an increasing move to working electronically. Conveyancing Task Force members have worked well together within the conveyancing profession for many years and it makes eminent sense that all five organisations come together under the Conveyancing Task Force banner to help the profession manage the transition into the digital future and identify opportunities for improving the process. Whilst working together to formulate and agree proposals, new procedures and due diligence under our agreed Terms of Reference, Task Force members still remain independent and accountable to their respective organisations and memberships.

“We look forward to working constructively with all other parties involved in the home buying and selling process and in particular the Home Buying and Selling Group (HBSG) in which all Conveyancing Task Force members currently participate.”