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HSBC anticipates that this should help to reduce legal costs of home moving, as it will reduce the need for separate representation. It should also increase flexibility by widening the choice of legal advisers for buyers of properties up to £350,000, who were previously prevented from instructing sole practitioners.
HSBC is ranked in the top 10 of UK lenders by gross mortgage lending*, so the Law Society has welcomed HSBC's actions as recognition of the higher standards demonstrated by practices which have achieved its CQS accreditation.
* based on figures produced by the Council of Mortgage Lenders in July 2016 for lending by CML members during 2015
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The Law Society has issued a practice note about the risks to solicitors posed by this new legislation, which came into force on 30 September.
The SRA has urged all practices to check HM Treasury’s consolidated list of asset freeze targets, which lists designated persons subject to financial sanction under EU or UK legislation.
The practising certificate renewal period opened on Monday 2 October.
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