Local land charges (fees) in Wales 2020 - Law Society response

The proposal

The purpose of the consultation is to provide comments on the statutory instrument to amend the fee chargeable and method of payment for local land charges searches in Wales.

Accompanying the consultation are the draft Local Land Charges (Fees) (Wales) Rules 2020 (“the draft Rules”) which will implement the new fees and methods of payment as from 1 April 2021:

  1. amending the fee to align with the fee set in England
  2. method of payment
  3. revocation

The consultation closes on 3 November 2020.

Our view

We are supportive of the proposal to align the Welsh fees with those charged in England because a single universal fee is required for HM Land Registry’s new central, digitised system to work efficiently.