Westminster Legal Policy Forum

The future for the home buying process in England and Wales - transparency, efficiency and next steps for reform

Morning, Wednesday, 17th October 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will focus on the drive to increase efficiency and innovation throughout the home buying process, and develop greater consumer confidence in the system.


It takes place with the Government outlining its wide-ranging plan of action on improving the home buying and selling process - as well as following recent changes to the Land Registration Rules, which aim to support further digital developments in home buying.


Delegates will examine the options and practical issues for implementing government’s proposals, looking at professional qualifications for estate agents, the future of referral fees and information for buyers, and further measures to improve efficiency.


They will also consider the implications of reform, the potential for utilising new technologies, such as e-conveyancing and digital mortgages, what more might be done to improve consumer experience in the mortgage market, following the FCA’s initial report and opportunities for developing innovative business models for the future of the housing market and the property sector.


Further sessions discuss the prevalence of fraud in the sector and how best to enhance confidence in the market - looking at the potential use of ‘lock-out’ agreements or greater use of pre-approved mortgages.


This seminar is expected to bring together policymakers, estate agents, conveyancers, mortgage lenders, surveyors, local authorities, developers, consumer groups and economists, alongside reporters from national and trade media.



Guests of Honour

John Abbott

Director of Digital, Data and Technology, HM Land Registry

Matt Prior

Housing Directorate, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Guests of Honour

John Abbott

Director of Digital, Data and Technology, HM Land Registry

Matt Prior

Housing Directorate, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Chairs

Steve Double MP

Liz Twist MP

Speakers

Sohail Rashid

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ViewMyChain

Beth Rudolf

Director of Delivery, Conveyancing Association

Lee Wainwright

UK Chief Executive Officer, Purplebricks

Stephen Ward

Director of Strategy & External Relations, Council for Licensed Conveyancers

Geoff Dunnett

Real Estate Director, International Growth, ShieldPay

Gemma Young

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Settled

Paula Higgins

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, HomeOwners Alliance

Alan Milstein

Chairman, Residential Properties Surveyors Association