Searching for Happiness?

A recent survey among conveyancing practitioners including Today’s Conveyancer readers revealed that only one third of respondents said they were satisfied in their area of practice.
The survey, conducted by Searches UK, a leading provider of searches to the conveyancing profession, found that 20 per cent of respondents said that if they had their time over again they would not choose to work in conveyancing. Almost 69 per cent of respondents said if they had the opportunity to start again, they would possibly choose a different area of practice, with probate and litigation proving the most popular alternative fields.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, dealing with banks was reported as the most stressful part of the job, whilst dealing with estate agents came in as the second most stressful aspect of the job. Predictably, dealing with clients was considered the most time consuming aspect of the job, whilst dealing with the solicitor on the other side and mortgage lenders were also ranked as key time consuming aspects of the job.
Andrew Stenning, MD of Searches UK commented saying “As a supplier to the conveyancing profession, we wanted to get a direct snap shot of the general feeling of contentedness and optimism within the profession, so we conducted this survey which was completed on-line and by email. The results proved interesting and while there appears to be a certain level of disillusionment within the area, it is heartening to see that the overriding concern of the profession is to maintain client satisfaction.”
When asked about their view on the future of conveyancing, the over-riding response was of general uncertainty and a fear that the role of a conveyancing practitioner would be reduced to `a mere form filling’ role — which most respondents consider will lead to further problems in due course.
When asked `what is the most satisfying aspect of your job?’, the vast majority of respondents said “getting a good result” and “having satisfied clients”.  These responses illustrate a key respect for clients and client care within the profession.
David Cameron’s ‘Happiness Survey’, conducted last year, found that those aged between 16-19 and between 65-74 rated themselves as happier and more satisfied than those who were middle aged. 60 per cent of working people in the UK say that they are “happy” at work. 38 per cent say that they are “unhappy.” 2 per cent are neutral, neither happy nor unhappy.
The happiness, health and well-being of Britain’s workforce is important both economically and socially. Research suggests that employees who are happy and healthy are more productive and enjoy a better quality of life.
The Searches UK survey was conducted in December 2011 as part of their on-going commitment in providing UK law firms with innovative solutions to their business problems.  The survey used a sample of 700 conveyancing practitioners in the UK.
For more information on Searches UK and the range of services it offers, telephone 0845 2411 815 or visit www.searchesuk.co.uk
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