Home-buying quality mark hits 2000

The 2000th legal practice in England and Wales to secure the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) quality standard has been accredited.
Cyril Jones & Co in Wrexham, North Wales has become the 2000th CQS accredited law firm after going through a rigorous application and assessment procedure.
This brings the total number of CQS law firm outlets to 3688.
Since CQS was launched by the Law Society in 2011 it has quickly gained traction as the quality mark for the home-buying process and is now a requirement for law firms acting for both the bank and the borrower on mortgage transactions for some lenders. CQS members are entitled to act for HSBC and Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank when the firm acts for both the borrower and the bank, while Santander is requiring all solicitor practices on its conveyancing panel to have applied for CQS accreditation by 31 March 2013.
Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson said: “We congratulate Cyril Jones & Co on becoming a CQS firm. All firms that now hold the quality mark have proven their commitment to high standards in conveyancing.
“Many people assume that only solicitors do conveyancing, but there are other service providers out there who are not solicitors. CQS allows consumers who are buying a home, one of the biggest purchases of most people’s lives, to not only be assured that it is a solicitor they are using for this important legal process, but it is one which has gained recognition for the high standards it provides through CQS.”
Glen Murphy, Partner at Cyril Jones & Co, said: “Our clients need to know that they are getting the best service available when buying their home and gaining CQS from the national Law Society assures them of that. Being accredited also helps to guard against fraud and says that our clients come first. The conveyancing process can be complicated, so CQS gives reassurance that it is in safe hands. We are delighted to be part of the CQS initiative.”
The scheme requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self-reporting, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is open only to members of the Law Society who meet the demanding standards set by the scheme.
(Law Society Press Release – 4 December 2012)

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