The Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices. Membership establishes a level of credibility for firms with stakeholders such as regulators, lenders and insurers as well as residential homebuyers and sellers.
Since inception in 2011, the CQS has created a trusted community which has helped year on year to deter fraud and continually improve standards across the residential conveyancing sector.
The CQS is designed for practices that are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) that offer residential conveyancing.
Practices applying for accreditation must demonstrate compliance with the CQS protocol and, where necessary, amend existing policies or draft new ones to meet the requirements.
You can help prospective clients make an informed choice about which legal practice to use for their residential conveyancing. You're also demonstrating you follow best practice, meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service and are able to satisfy regulators, lenders and insurers.
The buying and selling of a home is probably the largest transaction that most people undertake in their lives. Obtaining the CQS proves you have the necessary skills and expertise to provide residential conveyancing advice, and you're further reassuring clients that you'll provide all the information they need to understand the process, options, costs and timescales from the outset.
As a CQS member you'll benefit from the Law Society's marketing programs which help to generate new enquiries.
By using standardised processes to recognise or reduce risks that may lead to negligence claims, you're protecting your brand and your reputation.
As a CQS members you're also helping to remove barriers and reduce complaints by educating clients about the conveyancing process.
You and your team will benefit from the CQS training programs, helping you to understand, implement and maintain the CQS protocol as well as updating your residential conveyancing knowledge.
See the apply for CQS page for full details on how to apply.
Only practices that offer residential conveyancing and are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority are eligible to apply for CQS accreditation.
The Property Section is a community for residential and commercial property practitioners that will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.
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