CLC opposes coneyancing referral ban
The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has issued a consultation requesting responses as to whether, based on the evidence available, a ban on referrals is justified.
The Council takes the view that:
- The current lack of evidence of consumer detriment makes a ban on referral arrangements/fees unjustifiable;
- It would be in the consumer interest for increased disclosure requirements to be placed on firms. This should help ensure the consumer can make an informed choice as to whether or not they use the referee;
- Whilst all referral arrangements should be in written form, there is little to be gained from requiring these individual agreements to be published.
The consultation will last 12 weeks and will end on Friday 1st March 2013. A summary of the responses received will be published within 4 weeks of the consultation’s end.
Further details of the consultation can be found on the CLC web site at www.conveyancer.org.uk/pdf_files/consultations/2012_12_03_Consultation_Referral_Arrangements_%20Paper.pdf