Land Registry consultation - Legal Services Act 2007

The Land Registry has published a consultation paper seeking practitioner views on proposed changes to the Land Registration (Network Access) Rules 2008, the Land Registration Rules 2003 and the Land Registration (Proper Office) Order 2010. Changes are proposed because of the forthcoming changes to the regulation of those carrying out legal activities, and the introduction, later next year, of alternative business structures under the Legal Services Act 2007. At the heart of the proposals is the need to allow an “authorised person” (as defined by section 18 of the Legal Services Act 2007), to carry out the land registration work historically, and presently, restricted to “conveyancers” (i.e. solicitors, licensed conveyancers, fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives, barristers, duly certificated notaries public, and registered European lawyers (see rule 217 LRR 2003)). Consultation closes on 28 February 2011.