At the first main committee meeting of the year on 18th January 2012, a lot of discussion took place in relation to developments in the conveyancing field. HSBC have recently announced that their mortgage work will only be undertaken by solicitors on a panel which is limited to 43 firms across the country. Members of the committee expressed significant concern with regard to this development and also as to other mortgage panels limiting the ability of solicitors to act for their clients. I feel these developments pose a serious challenge to the profession, but equally importantly impinge on the rights of clients to chose their own solicitor for conveyancing work.
In light of these other developments in the conveyancing field, it was agreed in the meeting that a conveyancing sub-committee would be established, to be open to any member who wishes to attend. I outlined at the start of the year my wish to establish sub committees for various subject areas over a period of time. The first of these will be the conveyancing sub-committee. I hope that more sub committees will follow in other areas in due course
I am sure that the conveyancing sub committee will provide a valuable forum for conveyancers within members firms to discuss the challenges which they face and to share experiences and ideas.
President of the Chichester and District Law Society