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Licensed conveyancers could change name in push for greater rights

12 April 2010

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) is considering changing its name as part of a push to obtain greater rights to regulate litigation and advocacy, Solicitors Journal has learned.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that ILEX Professional Standards, the regulatory arm of ILEX, is to seek extended conveyancing, litigation and advocacy rights for its members.

According to regulatory website legalfutures.co.uk, ILEX will apply for the new rights by the end of the year. It has already applied to the LSB for litigation and probate rights for legal executives and to regulate the work of associate prosecutors working in the CPS.

The Legal Services Board’s consumer panel, which backed the CLC’s plans for greater rights, also suggested that a change of name might be necessary.

“Many consumers would presumably expect a professional called a ‘licensed conveyancer’ to undertake conveyancing,” the consumer panel, chaired by Dianne Hayter, said in a paper published last month.

“Given this will not necessarily be the case, the CLC should consider if it needs to change its name or make other branding changes in order to avoid consumer confusion.”

Simon Blandy, director of policy and standards at the CLC, confirmed that the organisation would be considering a new name.

“We want to provide further opportunities for licensed conveyancers and an element of choice for those who are already in the marketplace,” he said.

“It’s a bit of a nonsense that we can regulate members who provide probate services but not those providing will-writing.”

Blandy said the CLC wanted the new rights to come into force at the same time as it became a licensing authority for ABSs.

He said the CLC would respond to an initial consultation on regulation, which closed at the end of last month, and there would be a further consultation before its final application to the LSB at the end of this year. It will apply to regulate ABSs at the same time.

Blandy added any change to its name would need the agreement of the other regulators.

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