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After researching the ‘revised’ procedures and application form for the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), I have found that no amendment has been made to ensure firms have actually documented procedures to comply with the standard, let alone whether the firm is following them.
The guidance notes (along with a telephone call to the CQS office for confirmation) states that you do not need to enclose these
documented procedures. As there is no guaranteed assessment in order to reward CQS, how does the Law Society know by a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ tick box that this is true and accurate?
Once the application form has been submitted to the CQS office, according to the Law Society website, the information is entered into a scorecard which verifies whether the firm meets the criteria. This is then passed to a co-ordinator who will send a letter informing the firm of a response. This will entail any of the following three options:
Another factor to consider is that when a firm is awarded CQS membership it is only valid for one year, after which the firm will have to go through exactly the same process. The application form does not make any exceptions as to whether the firm has previously had CQS and will have to re-enter all the details again.
So does CQS hold its value and is it not a waste of substantial time and of money?
Client Relationship Manager
T: 0845 056 3949
M: 0743 727 4046
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