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Help to buy’ means more talented conveyancers needed

As the second phase of the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme gets under way, Eddie Goldsmith, Chairman of the Conveyancing Association, considers the impact on the conveyancing industry.

He says: “The ‘Help to Buy’ scheme is good news for conveyancers. It has certainly increased demand for conveyancing services and members of the Conveyancing Association are recruiting to service the increased workload. It is a great position for us all and we welcome it wholeheartedly. The problem is how to get the right quality staff. There is a dearth of really good staff. It’s a nice problem to have, but it’s still a problem.”

“The need for good staff is exacerbated by the added complexity of the conveyancing process required by the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme. When hiring staff, our member firms are therefore being careful to hire those with the right expertise. The market is still depressed compared to the situation before the slump and firms can’t just take on a lot of foot soldiers.”

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