Bell Lamb & Joynson Solicitors To Spearhead Latest Conveyancing Technology to Speed Up House Sale Process

Bell Lamb and Joynson Solicitors has been selected to spearhead the trial of a ‘game changing’ conveyancing concept that’s set to reduce property purchase timelines.

The Law Society has engaged with legal software providers InfoTrack and Perfect Portal to pilot a new way of making key information for home buyers and sellers available at a much earlier stage in the conveyancing process. This will offer more transparency when it comes to property purchases and reduce the chances of property sales falling through for the seller with aims to reduce transaction times following the acceptance of an offer.

The roll-out will see sellers complete a TA6 Form (Part 1) via the Bell Lamb & Joynson mobile app at the time of putting their property on the market, rather than waiting until an offer has been received. The form, provided exclusively by InfoTrack and Perfect Portal in England and Wales, gathers critical information such as building and planning applications, the supply of services, flooding and common parts shared with neighbours, for example. This information is then shared to perspective purchasers by the estate agent, giving them a full picture when deciding to make an offer.

Managing Partner of Bell Lamb & Joynson Solicitors Mike Leeman said: “The current conveyancing process can often be long-winded and occasionally, can uncover unwanted surprises to property purchasers resulting in a lot of back-and-forth, time being wasted and sometimes even sales falling through. Usually, the seller will instruct their solicitors to begin the conveyancing process when an offer has been made but by moving this forward, we’re able to give potential buyers crucial information upfront and the seller more security when it comes to the purchase.

“As a firm of forward-thinking solicitors, we’ve been considering various different options to make the whole process simpler, so to be invited to be one of only five law firms to trial this new technology is certainly exciting. We’ve worked alongside InfoTrack and Perfect Portal to enhance our clients’ experience over a number of years and we’re always keen to see and adopt advancements in digital innovation within conveyancing. We are now looking to partner with leading estate agents to offer this exclusive service, which we think will completely transform the market.

“This service will be provided by InfoTrack and Perfect Portal along with a small number of firms that they have initially selected, so we forecast big demand within our conveyancing team as we see the early submission of a TA6 form come into play this summer. Being able to onboard clients at this earlier stage will be hugely beneficial for us but it also provides the estate agents that we work with an additional USP when meeting potential clients, particularly as it’s a service that will not be available everywhere.”

Bell Lamb & Joynson Solicitors specialise in all types of residential property transactions such as residential property sales, residential property purchases, residential property transfers, and residential property remortgages. It is an award-winning firm renowned for client care and use of technology to enhance the client journey.

Head of Conveyancing and Partner at Bell Lamb & Joynson Solicitors Laura Cartwright added: “From a buyer’s point of view, the implementation of Perfect Portal and InfoTrack technology earlier in the process means that they’ll be able to access vital information upfront and avoid any nasty shocks down the line that could cause adverse outcomes for the seller – for example, sales falling through or offers being lowered which in term can then delay things like mortgage offers.

“This technology will simplify the entire process from the property being listed with an estate agent to completion day for the buyer, and in turn speed up a legal matter that can sometimes take months and even years.”