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Conveyancing powerhouse launched ahead of house buying changes

The UK’s two leading conveyancing groups have merged to form what they call a “powerhouse” to be called Simplify.

My Home Move and The Simplify Group were involved in 130,000 conveyancing completions last year; they will be joined in the new organisation by four regulated property law firms - Advantage Property Lawyers, DC Law, JS Law and Premier Property Lawyers; the QualitySolicitors brand and marketing network will also be involved.

A statement says that Simplify “will build on the significant technology investments in [My Home Move and The Simplify Group] in recent years, enabling end customers, partner introducers and panel conveyancing firms across the group to benefit from enhanced levels of service and visibility of their property transactions.” 

The business also says it plans significant investment in service, technology, and further increasing scale over the coming years. 

The new business will have over 1,500 employees based at eight UK locations in the UK and will be led by David Grossman, current chief executive of The Simplify Group. 

Doug Crawford, the previously high profile chief executive of My Home Move will be leaving the enlarged organisation. 

“By combining the best in service, technology and relationships from the two existing groups we will create a business that will shape the conveyancing market and make life easier for customers, introducers and partners. Together we can simplify conveyancing for hundreds of thousands of people each year” says Grossman.

Conveyancing is in the spotlight this year with the expectation of a clampdown on referral fees between agents and conveyancers, a pilot of reservation agreements and the possibility of log books being compiled by owners in a bid to speed up and avoid duplication within the sales process.

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