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The Law Society is not protecting its members, it is misleading them

The Conveyancing Quality Scheme is unnecessary and practically untested – yet the society has thrust it into the workplace and is blackmailing its members to join, argues Howard Salter

26 June 2012

Am I a lone voice in the wilderness peripheral to the conveyancing community? Is there nobody out there as angry as I am at the way the Law Society is behaving over its Conveyancing Quality Scheme?

When HSBC agreed to enlarge its panel to include those firms in the CQS, the Law Society heralded this as a success, presumably, for its members, whom it represents. This is not so, as there is a far greater majority outside the scheme than in it (in July 2010 there were upwards of 10,500 firms in the UK and, presumably, rising), all of whom are represented by the Law Society. Rather, our illustrious body has used the negotiations with HSBC as a form of blackmail aimed at its members: join the scheme or run the risk not only of being off the HSBC panel but perhaps other lenders, if they follow suit. The Law Society has patted itself on the back, lauding the success it has achieved, but that success is an opportunity to further ...

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