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Les Patient explains why his firm has taken a pro-active approach to IT and the e-conveyancing revolution

28 March 2003

The Land Registration Act 2002 received Royal Assent on 26 February 2002 and is the first step towards the Government’s programme of radical change to the whole conveyancing system, making it faster and cheaper. The Act will enable the process of dealing with registered land to move from a paper based system to an electronic system within the next few years. Case study I am a partner in a firm of 100 employees. In recent years we have laid great emphasis upon IT with a view to adapting to e-conveyancing. We have established a strong IT department with an IT manager who can deal with both IT and conveyancing (having been a conveyancer). We have also taken on board various electronic initiatives. Although this is only the first step towards e-conveyancing, our commitment to IT allows us to work in and get used to an e-conveyancing environment (see fact file). Joining the revolution Twenty per cent of land is still un-registered, there are still...

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