A vote of no confidence in the Law Society was passed yesterday.
While the vote, by 228 to 213, specifically addressed solicitors’ concerns about criminal legal aid, there are possible repercussions on conveyancing.
The Law Society’s Conveyancing Portal is a new project, on which the vote could have an impact.
The vote specifically stated no confidence in Nicholas Fluck, president of the Law Society of England and Wales, and Desmond Hudson, its chief executive.
It accuses the pair of entering into an agreement with the Lord Chancellor without a mandate from Society members.
The vote, taken at a meeting of solicitors in Chancery Lane, London, could now progress to a postal vote of no confidence.
However, the speculation is that while it will not come to this, the Law Society could be forced into changing the way it takes decisions and consults members.
The Conveyancing Portal is a large and expensive new project, designed to improve the efficiency of conveyancing.