Will this end the need to chase conveyancing solicitors on the phone?

first_imgEstate agents have for decades battled the UK’s frustratingly opaque and slow conveyancing system.But according to a proptech platform due to launch later this month, the days of the ‘black hole’ that property transactions disappear into after an offer has been accepted is about to have a very bright light shone into it.Simon Bath, who two years ago set up a conveyancing legal firm but soon realised the system was “broken”, is about to launch When You Move, an integrated online platform that enables solicitors to keep their introducing agent and broker clients up-to-date with the latest progress on each transaction going through the system.“I’m staggered by the process works at the moment – 80% of a sales progressors’ job is to make phone calls to a solicitor who often doesn’t pick up or returns calls enough,” he says.“The level of frustration grows as all the parties try to find out what’s going on.“But we’ve seen that, by using the technology in our own conveyancing business, if you can automate that comms piece then that problem disappears. And the phone stops ringing off the hook all the time.”“We realised the tech had to be focussed on the estate agents and brokers who will use our system because right now I believe most of them have little confidence in the panel system that exists now,” he says.“The way the system has worked until now has been a smoke screen of technology that has not really assisted the introducer or the client.“An agent I know recently asked for an Excel spreadsheet of how all his transactions were progressing and it took four weeks to get to him – that she be instant, surely?”Simon says that rather than tackling problems like this, the conveyancing industry has been busy racing to the bottom as solicitors have competed on fees to ensure they are on ‘page one’ of a panel’s listings.To solve this, When You Move will offer agents a list of four or five hand-picked solicitor firms whose internal systems have been meshed via an API with its platform, but who are paid a proper fee for the work they do.Conveyancing solicitorsAgents are also able to retain or increase their referral fee, Simon claims, because Whey You Move is all tech and fewer people so it takes a smaller slice of the conveyancing fee cake than the current panel providers do because its costs are lower.“Consumers get a mobile app to track the progress of the sale or purchase, agents get a web app and quoting engine and solicitors like us because they don’t have to use ‘another system’ to use When You Move,” says Simon.When You Move prompts solicitors to update the system every three days with a progress report on each transaction and this is then sent automatically to the estate agent involved, reassuring agents that the solicitor is ‘on it’.“Most solicitors can be terrible at being proactive and some of them think it’s beneath them, so we automate that for them by building in a trigger within the platform,” says Simon.“It means the solicitor doesn’t have to think about that comms piece. we take all that away.” simon bath When You Move September 7, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Will this end the need to chase conveyancing solicitors on the phone? previous nextProptechWill this end the need to chase conveyancing solicitors on the phone?We talk to the latest proptech platform to claim it can solve many of the problems that make dealing with solicitors such a pain for estate agents.Nigel Lewis7th September 201702,412 Viewslast_img read more

Russia ‘hijacked’ sport with mass doping, says McLaren

first_imgMcLaren said Russian officials could be trusted “but they need to reform themselves”.The system was “refined” in the buildup to the 2012 London Olympics and then further for the 2013 Universiade in the Russian city of Kazan, the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, also in 2013, and particularly for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.Russia won 24 golds, 26 silvers and 32 bronze medals in London with no failed tests at the time.“The Russian team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale,” McLaren said.Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenko, who was an agent for the FSB secret service as well as head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, told investigators how he watered down some samples and added salt and powdered coffee to others to coverup doping failures.The report also told how an FSB agent disguised as a sewer engineer got into the Sochi Winter Olympics doping laboratory to switch bottles. Tiny scratches on the inside the bottles gave away the cheating.McLaren’s first report, released in July, led to more than 110 Russian athletes being banned from the Rio Olympics but also caused a major rift between the IOC and WADA.His latest report is a huge new blow to Russia, which is already battling to get back into the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) because of an earlier inquiry.Russia has said the earlier McLaren report lacked detail and needed more investigation. There are many doubters over Russian efforts however.The IAAF and WADA have kept up their suspensions of Russia.The IOC this week extended its sanctions over the Russian doping. It has two inquiries into Russian sport and doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Following the McLaren report, the IOC said all 254 Russian urine samples from Sochi would be reexamined and that it had extended its inquiries to cover the 2012 London Olympics.Athletes from Russia and other East European states have dominated the list of cheats caught in new tests on 1,243 samples taken at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.IOC medical director Richard Budgett said Wednesday that the tests are not finished with more doping failures to be reported in coming weeks.The IAAF is also re-analysing samples taken from world championships. It said three Russian doping failures have been found from the 2007 world championships in Osaka.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Russia hijacked international sport by using more than 1,000 athletes in an “institutional conspiracy” to win medals at the Sochi and London Olympics and other global events, a top investigator said Friday.Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, who has previously accused Russia of “state-sponsored” cheating, said in a new report for the World Anti-Doping Agency that he had confirmed the switching of samples at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and that salt and coffee were used to manipulate samples.More than 1,000 athletes in the summer and winter Olympics and Paralympics “can be identified as being involved in or benefiting from manipulations to conceal positive testing”, his report said.Information on 695 Olympic athletes had been sent to sports federations. “Well known and elite level athletes” were among competitors whose tests were “falsified”.“A cover-up that evolved over the years from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning strategy and conspiracy,” McLaren said as he introduced his report.Russia’s sports ministry again denied state backing for doping. But the report said the campaign that started about 2011 came under official control from 2012 under then sports minister Vitaly Mutko amid fears that the cheating would be detected.“An institutional conspiracy existed across summer and winter sports athletes who participated with Russian officials within the ministry of sport and its infrastructure,” said McLaren.“These activities were supported by senior Russian officials, including the minister and deputy minister of sport.” Corrupted Olympics About 30 sports including football were involved, officials added. But doping was rife in Russian athletics and weightlifting.Mutko, who has denied any involvement, was not personally named. He was barred from going to the Rio Olympics by the International Olympic Committee in August but has since been promoted to deputy prime minister by Russian President Vladimir Putin.McLaren told AFP in an interview that there was no evidence that Putin knew of the doping.“For years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by the Russians,” he told a press conference however.“Coaches and athletes have been competing on an uneven field. Sports fans and spectators have been deceived.”last_img read more

Champions League needs VAR, says Guardiola as City gain from comical penalty

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City needed no help to swat aside Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 to move to the brink of the Champions League last 16, but got a boost with a farcical penalty award that led to even manager Pep Guardiola to call for the introduction of VAR.Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai remarkably pointed to the spot when Raheem Sterling tripped himself up as he bore down on goal midway through the first half with City already leading 1-0 through David Silva’s opener.“It’s not (a penalty),” said Guardiola. “VAR doesn’t exist in UEFA so that is the problem.”Despite some controversial calls, the use of video referees was largely deemed successful at the World Cup and will be introduced in the Champions League next season.However, Guardiola, who was sent to the stands for protesting a goal City had wrongly ruled out in a quarter-final elimination to Liverpool last season, called for it to be used in the competition this term.“The referee must be helped by the technology. It’s not nice to score a goal in that (way) but it happened to us last season against Liverpool so the referee must be helped.”Sterling also apologised to Kassai after kicking the ground as he attempted to chip the ball goalwards.“I went to chip the ball and don’t know what happened,” said the England international. “I didn’t feel contact. I scuffed the ball, apologies to the ref.”Ahead of the game City had been in the news for the wrong reasons in recent days with a series of allegations published by German magazine Der Spiegel claiming the English champions attempted to bypass UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.Whatever storm clouds may be brewing in City’s boardroom, it appears they can do no wrong on the field as they warmed up for the Manchester derby on Sunday by smashing six goals for the second time in four days.– Jesus punishes Shakhtar –A lack of atmosphere had been blamed for City’s surprising record of three defeats in their previous three Champions League games at home. The latest of those to Lyon in front of plenty of empty seats at the Etihad in September has now been long forgotten as back-to-back victories over Shakhtar and Hoffenheim have put City in a commanding position at the top of the group.The fans were in better voice with fewer jeers than usual for the Champions League anthem and they soon had something to cheer when Silva tapped home Mahrez’s cross.Guardiola apologised to Gabriel Jesus for nominating Mahrez as the penalty taker when the Algerian missed from the spot late on in a 0-0 draw at Liverpool last month.The Brazilian started up front ahead of Sergio Aguero with one eye on keeping the Argentine fresh for Sunday, but Jesus may now have played himself into contention by more than doubling his tally for the season.Jesus calmly slotted home the hotly contested spot-kick before Sterling curled in his seventh of the season from the edge of the area three minutes into the second half.Possibly embarrassed by his earlier award, Kassai resisted a few more claims for a City penalty, but did eventually point to the spot once more when Silva was tripped 18 minutes from time and Jesus fired into the roof of the net.Mahrez made it five by sneaking a shot in at the near post on his weaker right foot before Jesus’ chip rounded off the scoring in stoppage time.Guardiola also had the luxury of being able to take off Kyle Walker, Fernandinho and Silva early ahead of United’s visit as City look to go 12 points ahead of their local rivals after just 12 games of the Premier League season. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more