CLC’s planned regulatory expansion and impact of the green deal proved hot topics at SLC’s spring road shows

The latest series of spring road shows, hosted by the Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) proved popular among the conveyancing community, with nearly a third of the SLC membership attending one of the four events, which took place at venues around the country this April. 
Kicking off in Leicester and followed by events in Newport, Brentwood and York, the road shows provided an opportunity for conveyancers across the country to network with other, local firms as well as access a host of topical presentations.
CLC regulatory expansion — a hotly debated topic.
The on-going debate around the CLC’s application to expand its regulatory powers was a hotly debated topic among attendees, with SLC members expressing a wide range of views from those broadly in support of the CLC’s plans to those who hold a number of concerns about who will bear the costs of this planned expansion, and fears that the CLC could be spreading itself too thinly. Following the discussions, the SLC now plans to formally gather member views on this topic before submitting its own official response to the CLC.
The Green Deal and increased responsibilities for conveyancers
The Green Deal was another topic, which generated much discussion and debate at the events. Following a  presentation from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), SLC member views, that the Green Deal is likely to place increased responsibility on the shoulders of conveyancers, were largely confirmed.  The consensus from the events was that conveyancers will have an important role to play, should a property their client plans to buy or sell, have a Green Deal attached, with conveyancers required to source the necessary Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and advise clients of its implications. 
SLC Quality Assured (SLCQA) — a progress update
The SLC board also presented an update on its lender panel solution SLCQA. Members were advised that positive discussions with lenders are continuing, however, a date when the first lender will adopt and go live with the new solution is still to be confirmed.
Simon Law, Chairman of the Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) said: “We have had a really positive response to the spring road shows, which the conveyancing community found both interesting and enlightening. At the events, we were able to present attendees with an update across a number of the key topics that are currently impacting on our industry and that members have actively told us they want to hear more about. I hope that all those who attended took something away from the event and we welcome any additional feedback that members may have.”
For further information on the SLC’s calendar of events for the year, contact the SLC by visiting www.conveyancers.org.uk  emailing [email protected]  or calling the SLC on 08714 237193.
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