Licensed conveyancers in England and Wales strongly support the bid of their regulatory body, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), to move into regulating Will writing and estate administration.
A survey of Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) members conducted in September showed that 87% of the 68 respondents view the CLC's plan in a positive light and support the expansion of its regulatory powers (which already cover probate work) to Will writing and estate administration.
However, the conveyancer community did not show the same level of support for the CLC's intention to regulate litigation and advocacy services. The survey revealed that almost two-thirds (64%) of the respondents opposed the idea, and 76% said the income generated from their licence fees should not be used to finance any planned expansion.
The CLC said that it remained committed to its key regulatory role, which is focused on conveyancing, probate and other "consumer" legal services that are used by people on a regular basis. By venturing into regulating litigation and advocacy, the CLC is not looking to change its focus, but rather to broaden it to let its existing licence holders expand their skills into those specialist areas.
Now that Alternative Business Structures (ABSs) are already part of the new legal services landscape, the CLC has licensed many large companies to do conveyancing and probate, with many of those firms offering a broad array of property and legal services.