What could 21st-century conveyancing look like?

Prior to the worldwide chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the conveyancing sector was undergoing some changes in order to meet the challenges of buying and selling homes in the 21st century. Lockdown and other issues emanating from the coronavirus outbreak have led to these changes becoming fast-tracked in keeping with the changes that have happened in many sectors since March.

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It seems somewhat perverse that seminars and webinars are still needing to be held 20 years into a new century with the key objective to define the shape of 21st-century conveyancing, but it seems these changes are now coming more into focus.

Steps towards a new normal

In some areas, progress had been made in the processes made by conveyancing solicitors, including the use of digital ID, property log books, electronic signatures and upfront information. Cementing the best practice of selling homes in a world which …