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New ‘easy moving’ conveyancing app wins praise from Zoopla founder

Alex Chesterman, the entrepreneur who founded Zoopla, has given vocal backing to a new conveyancing app called Thirdfort.

The app allows conveyancers’ house-moving clients to send ID, bank details and information required for anti-money laundering checks - all electronically, thus reaching their legal advisers more rapidly and securely.

Asked by The Times to nominate the best start-up technology of 2019, Chesterman refers to Thirdfort as an “example of a business solving a real problem.”


Chesterman tells the paper: “The process of buying or selling a home hasn’t changed for decades and carries increases risks for lawyers around compliance and for consumers around fraud. Third fort tackles this with a mobile app, empowering lawyers to carry out checks with no need for physical documents.”

He continues: “With a photo of the required documents and a selfie, Thirdfort carries out identity and anti-money laundering checks.”

Chesterman, who founded the property company in 2007 and launched the Zoopla portal the following year, is now behind a brand new business called Cazoo.

It pledges better selection, value, convenience and quality in the UK’s used car sector, which involves eight million transactions each year.

  • Rob Hailstone

    Certainly getting some very positive feed back about Thirdfort from the Bold Legal Group member firms that currently use their system.


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