SLC members speak out against CLC

A survey conducted by the Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) has shown that Licensed Conveyancers do not support all of the Council of Licensed Conveyancers’ (CLC’s) regulatory expansion plans.

The survey gauged member’s opinions on the CLC’s plans to expand its regulatory activities into a number of different areas.

It was conducted after concerns were raised at Board level about the direction the CLC was planning on taking.

The survey revealed that while the majority of Licensed Conveyancers would support the CLC’s regulatory expansion into some areas, but not all.

76% of respondents to the survey indicated that they did not believe that the income generated by their license fees should be used to fund any planned expansion.

When asked whether members believed the CLC should look to expand its regulatory powers into will writing and estate management, 87% of respondents to the survey believed this would be a positive step.

However, 64% of SLC members do not support the CLC’s planned expansion into litigation and advocacy.

Simon Law, Chairman of the Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) said: “We took the decision to conduct our own survey as it had become clear that a number of our members were not wholly in support of the CLC’s plans to expand its regulatory role.

“The CLC has been pushing hard to secure approval from the Legal Services Board to expand into areas such as litigation and advocacy.

“However, it appears there is little support from the Licensed Conveyancer community for it to actually achieve this — which leads us to question where the impetus for moving into these areas is coming from.”

The SLC will be sharing the detailed findings of this survey with the CLC, when we meet with them next month.

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