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Entrepreneurs behind IAM Sold launch online conveyancing ‘disruptor’

first_imgHome » News » Entrepreneurs behind IAM Sold launch online conveyancing ‘disruptor’ previous nextProducts & ServicesEntrepreneurs behind IAM Sold launch online conveyancing ‘disruptor’TCP offers agents their own in-house conveyancing service, plus referral fees.Nigel Lewis21st March 201703,323 Views An online conveyancing system has been launched that enables small and medium-size agents to offer their own in-house branded service and take on the corporates.Ben Ridgway and Jamie Cooke (pictured, below) whose company Intelligent Services Group also owns IAMSold, has launched The Conveyancing Partnership (TCP), a free service for agents.TCP works by prompting vendors to start the initial stages of the conveyancing process prior to an offer being made and is claimed to improve relations between agents and solicitors, and speed up conveyancing by up to seven days, one agent trialling the system claims.TCP acts as a way to persuade vendors to use the agent’s own solicitors, and then enables agents to offers their own branded ‘in-house’ conveyancing service to progress the sale.If the customers then go on to use TCP’s no-sale, no fee service run through a panel of local solicitors picked by the agent, then branches can expect referral fees of between £100 and £225 per case, TCP says.At the beginning of the process vendors are asked to fill in a Law Society-approved online questionnaire which prompts them for the details they would normally only provide once the conveyancing process start. This includes the detailed property information and fixtures and fittings forms, which vendors then sign-off digitally online.Once an offer is made on the property, the information is then turned into an agent-branded weblink that is sent to the buyer and their solicitor.Faster conveyancingTCP claims that this will help buyers make a more informed decision about a property at the offer stage, and will also enable draft contracts to be issued within 24 hours, not days.It is also claimed that the TCP system will speed up the conveyancing process because it offers the agent a ‘green light’ panel that highlights sticking points earlier than normal.TCP has been in development for over a year including several trials with agents in the field. This has included six-branch sales and letting agent DDM Residential based in and around Grimsby.“I have always thought conveyancing could be done in a more structured and sympathetic way, so we were pleased to get involved with TCP from the start,” says Managing Director Graham Wilson (pictured) who is also a shareholder in IAMSold.“With the TCP property reports, the preparation work is done at the beginning of the selling process and this has reduced the conveyancing procedure by seven days.“Not only that, but the structure and upfront reports have improved our relationship with solicitors and they have found it equally more efficient. TCP has been formed to bring the solicitor and estate agent relationships closer together, and it’s certainly achieved that. In addition, our valuers are finding the compliance micro sites help as a USP when pitching for new instructions.”Jamie Cooke Grimsby Graham Wilson Ben Ridgway The Conveyancing Parnterships DDM Residential March 21, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

USS Wasp Remembers September 11th

first_img USS Wasp Remembers September 11th View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Remembers View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: 11th The crew of USS Wasp (LHD 1) commemorated the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 with a ceremony held in the hangar bay, in port Norfolk.While television sets aired a 9/11 documentary in the background, the main event commenced with singing the national anthem, followed by the chaplain’s invocation and remarks from Wasp’s crew.“Our generation remembers where we were on September 11th,” said Lt. Andrea Alvord, Wasp’s hangar officer. “So connected are we to the events of that day, that the topic of September 11th is rarely brought up without someone sharing a ‘there I was…’ story. Wherever we were that morning, we collectively knew that our lives and the world had changed.”Chief (select) Aviation Maintenance Administration Troney Murrell shared her “there I was” story.“I thought about the lives that had been cut way too soon; a mother was never going to hold her child again, a father would never play ball again with his children. A son or daughter would never graduate high school or college,” she said. “I didn’t know anyone on the planes, at the towers or at the Pentagon…but still I remember.”To further strengthen the connection between the victims of 9/11 and the crew, Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Jonathan Kaopio highlighted names and backstories of victims at each of the four crash sights.In addition, one bell was struck over the general announcing system at 846 a.m. in memory of the first jet crash, by American Airlines Flight 11, into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The crew then observed a moment of silence.Other poignant moments of the ceremony included Chief (select) Information Technology Specialist Michelle Wilson’s reading of the poem, Remember, Remember the 11th of September, and the Wasp’s choir singing, “God Bless America.”Especially touching for Lt. Tabitha Edwards, 1st lieutenant, were remarks from Executive Officer, Capt. Kurt Kastner. “The XO read an email he received from a family friend in New Jersey who had lost her husband in the attacks while he was on deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom,” said Edwards. “Even though the letter was written a year after the attacks, it really helped him put the mission in perspective.”The ceremony concluded with a second bell rung over the general announcing system at 9:03 a.m. in memory of the second crash by United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower, followed by a final moment of silence.“It was important to the captain and executive officer that the crew of Wasp come together on this day to remember the events,” said Alvord.Wasp is scheduled to begin a maintenance period in dry dock this month.[mappress]Press Release, September 13, 2013 September 13, 2013 View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Defense View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval View post tag: September Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Wasp Remembers September 11th View post tag: Wasp Training & Educationlast_img read more

Legal threat forces Council to delay begging vote

first_imgA national civil rights organisation, Liberty, has threatened legal action against Oxford City Council’s proposed restrictions on busking and begging in the centre of Oxford.Oxford City Council were to vote last Thursday evening on a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to tackle non-aggressive begging and non-compliant busking. However, the vote was postponed after concerns over potential legal action by Liberty.If the new PSPO had been approved, it would have allowed police and council staff to serve fixed penalty notices, with those failing to pay facing court action and prison.Currently, Oxford City Centre is covered by a PSPO under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. It is a breach of the PSPO to busk not in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Busking and Street Entertainment in Oxford, which is a list of ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’.The ‘Don’ts’ currently include not selling merchandise, not busking “in a way that is repetitive, intrusive or causes a nuisance”, and not busking for more than one hour at a time.However, the civil rights group Liberty delivered a letter addressed to the City Council last Thursday morning, claiming that the new PSPO was unlawful and would “criminalise homeless people and buskers”.After receiving the letter, the Council dropped discussion of the proposed PSPO from the City Executive Board meeting agenda.Freya Turner, Chair of the OUSU-led ‘On Your Doorstep’ campaign, explained to Cherwell, “We at On Your Doorstep applauded the Council’s concession on rough sleeping in the PSPO, and hoped that it might be an indication of their willingness to listen to a range of voices when seeking the proper approach to supposed ‘anti-social’ behaviour. “However, their plans to ban and criminalise persistent begging and non-compliant busking are badly thought through and, due to the intersections between busking, begging and homelessness, will likely have a detrimental impact on a highly vulnerable group. As we face the onslaught of austerity and further welfare cuts in the next five years, it will become all the more important for local campaigns to stand up for a compassionate treatment of vulnerable people. This is why we cannot support the criminalisation of ‘persistent begging’.”When the PSPO was being drafted, a Member Reference Group was set up to consider the need for and potential content of a PSPO for the city centre area. This group comprised ward councillors, the Board Member for Crime and Community Response and a Scrutiny Committee member. The Member Reference Group then presented a list of anti-social behaviours, as drafted by the City Council, to the public for consultation on an online voting system called eConsult.In the poll, 54 per cent of respondents voted against ‘persistent begging’ being included on the list of behaviours to be criminalised, and 53 per cent voted in opposition to the inclusion of ‘Busking or Street Entertainment’. Only 13 per cent of respondents were in favour of criminalising busking; the remaining 36 per cent of voters were ambivalent.Prior to the threats of legal action made, the City Council explained their decision to propose the new PSPO in a report given to the City Executive Board, stating, “The inclusion of persistent begging in the Order will provide other staff to regulate this behaviour and will provide an updated legal remedy, including the use of fixed penalty notices.“This is likely to prove a more cost effective and proportionate approach to controlling this activity. Linking the Code of Conduct to the PSPO provides a means of enforcement of the Code for flagrant breaches which do occur infrequently, causing considerable nuisance to people in the street and occupiers of nearby premises”.In response to the ‘On Your Doorstep’ campaign, the City Council stated, “We have an excellent track record of supporting homeless people and helping them find a bed or a home. Oxford City Council spends over £1 million on support for homelessness. It is wrong to suggest the proposed PSPO would change any of that support. It is also untrue that the proposed Order would ‘criminalise’ rough sleeping. The proposed City centre PSPO is aimed at tackling persistent types of anti-social behaviour which can spoil the experience of using the city centre for residents, businesses and visitors.”A protest against the planned PSPO took place on Thursday on Cornmarket Street. Ruthi Brandt, Green Party Councillor for Carfax Ward, and attendee at the protest, told Cherwell during the demonstration “It’s [the protest] highlighting the problems with the PSPO that’s been suggested for the city centre in Oxford. There are lots of issues with it.“It would be possible to fine someone £100 for begging-as a beggar, that’s ridiculous, and if you don’t pay the fine then you go through the court system. That could get them up to £1000 in fines, so we’re here to protest that, and to call on the City Executive Board not to pass that.”last_img read more