Conveyancing Quality Scheme sees 500th accredited law firm

The Law Society recently announced that Todmans SRE in Rayleigh, Essex were the 500th law firm in England & Wales to secure the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation. 
Partner at Todmans SRE, William Todman, commented:
“We’re delighted to be the 500th firm to achieve CQS accreditation. The standard sends out a clear message to the public that they can expect a high quality service from CQS firms.
For the first time, it gives people a way to distinguish between the many firms providing conveyancing services. It enables them to choose a firm which will give them excellent advice and good value for money in making the important decision to buy or sell a house or flat. We are very pleased to be part of this initiative by the Law Society.”
Initially an end of year target of 600 firms was envisaged but it looks likely that CQS will surpass that number by the end of this year.  Since launching at the beginning of this year the Law Society’s CQS has received over 1200 applications and numbers are said to be rising steadily.
Speaking on behalf of the Law Society Desmond Hudson, Chief Executive, said:
“We are seeing applications to join the scheme rising on a daily basis. Reaching this milestone by the end of August illustrates how quickly CQS has become a feature on the home-buying landscape.
There have been encouraging signs of support for the scheme from the mortgage lending industry, as well as the insurance industry, but most encouraging of all is the recognition from the public of the scheme. We have strong statistical evidence from our current marketing campaign to show the public is actively seeking our CQS firms.”
To achieve CQS accreditation firms are required to undergo a robust assessment, mandatory training, random audits and self reporting and, in order to maintain their CQS status, annual reviews.
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