As reported recently by Legal Futures, the Deputy Chief land registrar called on conveyancing firms to ensure they stamp out “avoidable errors” on registration applications. The Deputy Chief also commented on how there were significant differences from firm-to-firm, but also pointed out that the issue is not endemic. There are of course those who argue to the contrary and advise of inconsistencies with desired process, with answers varying from one point of contact to the next. We are not going to comment on who is correct, but reports such as this will agitate some Insurers, with a recession possibly looming, accusations of simple errors from a “pocket” of law firms will unnerve some underwriters.

The article triggered a review of accessible land registry data, and we have undertaken a similar analysis as we have done previously with regards to the number of residential purchases per month processed by HMLR.

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