The new Conveyancing Protocol Forms have faced criticism and raised several issues, including:

1. Increased Complexity and Length
– The new forms are often more detailed and longer than their predecessors, leading to increased time and effort required to complete them. This complexity can overwhelm both conveyancers and clients, making the process more cumbersome. A R Brown & Co can assist with these!

2. Ambiguities and Unclear Guidance
– Some questions in the new forms are ambiguous or lack clear guidance on how they should be answered. This can lead to inconsistent responses and confusion among users, potentially resulting in delays or disputes.

3. Redundancy and Duplication
– The forms sometimes contain redundant questions or request information that has already been provided elsewhere in the conveyancing process. This redundancy can frustrate clients and add unnecessary steps to the procedure.

4. Increased Costs
– Due to the additional time and effort required to complete the more detailed forms, the overall costs for conveyancing services may increase. Clients might face higher fees as conveyancers spend more time ensuring accuracy and compliance.

5. Technical and Practical Issues
– There have been reports of technical issues with the electronic versions of the new forms, such as formatting problems or difficulties with digital signatures. Practical issues like these can hinder the smooth completion and submission of forms.

6. Training and Familiarisation
– Conveyancers and their staff need to invest time and resources into understanding and adapting to the new forms. The transition period can be challenging, with a learning curve affecting the efficiency of the conveyancing process.

7. Regulatory Compliance
– Ensuring that the new forms comply with regulatory requirements and are updated in line with legal changes can be a continuous challenge. Any lapses in compliance could have legal implications for conveyancers and their clients.

8. Client Confusion and Frustration
– Clients, especially those unfamiliar with legal terminology and processes, may find the new forms daunting. This can lead to frustration, misunderstandings, and the need for additional support from conveyancers, further increasing the workload.

Overall, while the new Conveyancing Protocol Forms aim to standardise and improve the conveyancing process, these issues highlight the need for ongoing review and potential adjustments to address the concerns of both professionals and clients involved in property transactions. Our team of solicitors at A R Brown can help navigate these new forms to assist in a smooth transaction.

Author: Sylvia Garcia
Head of Department for Residential Conveyancing and Commercial Property