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The Conveyancing Association holds its first annual conference

Mar 06, 2016
On Thursday, 3 December over 250 of the most senior property industry professionals gathered in London for the Conveyancing Association (CA)’s inaugural Conveyancing Conference.

The event was organised and held in partnership with Modern Law.  The conference had a number of high profile speakers including keynote speaker and President of the Law Society in England and Wales, Jonathan Smithers, who set out some of the main issues facing conveyancers at present and the challenges ahead. 

Mr Smithers’ speech – which addressed in particular the potential obstacles arising from recent developments including Stamp Duty reforms, government funding and planning to tackle the housing crisis and skills shortages in the building and construction sector – was followed by five panel sessions which revolved around themes including:  

  • regulation within the industry; 

  • insurance and how firms can reduce their PI premium; 

  • the lenders and panel management systems; 

  • new initiatives; and 

  • the threat posed by cyber scams  

The panel sessions were all chaired by Eddie Goldsmith, Chairman of the CA and offered attendees opportunities to participate in Q&A sessions with some of the leading figures and experts in the conveyancing world, amongst them Sheila Kumar, Chief Executive of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers; Crispin Passmore, Executive Director of the Solicitors Regulation Authority; Andrew Hopper QC; and Bob Young, Chief Executive Officer of Fleet Mortgages

Following the conference the CA will now be taking forward some major new initiatives including the development of a new CA protocol on cyber crime. 

The CA was also able to announce that its major fundraising initiative for 2015, the Matterhorn Challenge, raising funds for children’s hospice Ty Hafan – part of the CA’s long term charitable fundraising work – had reached its target of £50,000. This was achieved in only five months. 

The event’s headline sponsor was Future Climate Info and exhibitors included TM Group and Lawyer Checker.  

Eddie Goldsmith, Chairman of the Conveyancing Association, said: “The event was incredibly successful – we are really delighted with the outcome and the feedback we have received to date.”  

The conference was followed by the CA’s annual All-Members’ Annual Dinner where CA members celebrated the year’s achievements, including the launch of the new Conveyancing Foundation, as well as the launch and development of major CA initiatives including the CA Lender Engagement Campaign and the CA Leasehold Improvement Campaign. During the dinner over £3,500 was raised for charity. 

Lloyd Davies, Director of Operations at the Conveyancing Association, said: “We are immensely proud of all we have achieved this year as an Association and, as always, it was great to be able to look back over the last 12 months and share this sense of accomplishment with our CA members.” 

Photo:  Eddie Goldsmith addresses the first Conveyancing Association conference.

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