Feel Good Friday: My Home Move, X-Press Legal, Higgs & Sons

There have been lots of positive things happening across the sector this week, so we wanted to share these good vibes with you as part of our ‘Feel Good Friday’ news items. 

Here is a little snap shot of what’s been going on.

Halloween week sees bumper completion numbers for top conveyancing firm

It’s been a busy time in the moving market since the Stamp Duty Land Tax fee holiday began in July 2020, with everyone from mortgage advisors to estate agents to conveyancers feeling the market hunger to move before the March 2021 deadline.

So far, the spike in the market has been earlier in the process including mortgage advisors and estate agents, however, estate agents are now generally reporting a reduction in interest and those who were selling or buying are now coming through the other end of the process to exchange/ completion and moving date.

My Home Move Conveyancing are forecasting a truly bumper week this week, three months after the Stamp Duty holiday was announced, combined with half term for most of the country as well as the end of the month – which are historically convenient times to move.

According to the Home Owners Alliance, the busiest day of the year to move is typically the last Friday in August however this week is currently forecast to be 17% bigger than the final week in August for My Home Move Conveyancing.

Prayag Patel, Head of Conveyancing comments:

“It’s been such a busy time for our conveyancers and they’ve worked really hard to maintain our service levels. We’re receiving lots of positive feedback from our clients right now, so we’re pleased to be able to help so many people to take advantage of the Stamp Duty holiday.”

Despite a large proportion of the country experiencing tougher lockdown restrictions, the Government have made it clear that moving home during a local lockdown is still possible, with many conveyancers and solicitors discussing a Covid clause with their clients.

X-Press Legal achieves ‘Cyber Essentials Plus’ accreditation​

Warrington based property search company, X-Press Legal Services, is proud to have been awarded the Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation, the highest standard achievable following assessment of their systems and procedures. They are doubly proud, as they believe they are the first and only property search company in the UK to achieve this status.

The information security standard, Cyber Essentials is the Government backed, industry supported scheme which helps organisations protect themselves against common online threats and cyber attacks.

Achieving Cyber Essentials Plus certification verifies that X-Press is fully compliant and actively monitoring the security of their IT systems to ensure that all data and documentation which is kept digitally is safe from cyber attacks and threats.

Over the past year, X-Press Legal took part in a series of tests to provide technical verification of all their systems and processes, Scott Reece, X-Press Head of IT explained:

“Our digital network and online platforms which are provided for our conveyancing clients are required to be super secure. We are continually looking at ways to enhance the security of our data and systems, not just to protect them from a cyber-attack, but also to reassure our clients that their data is secure.

“We are delighted to be awarded the highest certification status of Cyber Essential Plus which we have worked hard to achieve.”

Lynne Lister, X-Press managing director added:

“To be Cyber Essentials Plus verified is great news not only for X-Press Legal, but also for all our solicitor clients. It’s another way we are able to demonstrate that the safety and security of their data is at the heart of what we do, ensuring our property search services are safe and of the highest standard.”

X-Press Legal Services provide property searches and reports which are at the heart of all property transactions related to local authority, property and environmental issues across England and Wales.

To find out more about X-Press Legal Services, please call 01925 393 333 or visit https://xpresslegal.co.uk/.

Higgs & Sons eyes property award

The property team at a leading West Midlands law firm has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Higgs & Sons, based on the Waterfront Business Park in Brierley Hill, is one of three legal service providers in contention for the Property Law Firm of the Year accolade at the Insider West Midlands Property Awards.

It is the third consecutive year Higgs & Sons has made the shortlist for the award.

An experienced team of 26 specialises in advice on commercial and residential property deals to a range of clients, from sole traders to major national corporations.

Over the 12-month period up to June 2020, the property team advised on property transactions with an aggregate value in excess of £250 million.

Amongst the key clients Higgs & Sons represent are Urban Splash, London & Cambridge Properties and La Maison Bleue.

Cherry Elliott, Head of Property & Higgs & Sons, said:

“The Insider West Midlands Property Awards is a showcase of major commercial property deals in the region and we are delighted to once again be in the running.

“It’s our third year on the shortlist and that in itself is an achievement but we are extremely hopeful that the hard work and commitment of our talented team will be rewarded.

“Like all businesses, it’s been an extremely challenging year but the team has pulled together to deliver outstanding results and ensure it has remained business as usual for our clients as we have continued to support them throughout.

“Our residential development team has remained busy despite lockdown, while our construction offering has continued to grow.

“In addition, our commercial development team continue to work on a range of deals of national and local significance, while the core property team has extended its large portfolio client base with several new local and national clients.”

Higgs & Sons is joined on the shortlist by Gowling WLG and Shakespeare Martineau. The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on March 4, 2021.

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