Comments : Recent IPSA meeting
I attended the October board meeting of IPSA (Independent Personal Search Agents) yesterday in my capacity as a member of the Board. The minutes are confidential within the IPSA membership but one of the discussions was on the retirement of Paul Marsh as President of the Law Society. Paul has been a thorn in the side of personal search companies for many years and has been responsible for a concerted opposition to their acceptance by The Law Society and its members even in the face of mounting evidence that the service, price, and accuracy of information provided by personal search companies is consistently better than local authorities provide. The Land Registry recently conducted a survey of 400 solicitors, lenders and conveyancers on the service provided by local authorities and personal search companies and the accuracy of the searches. The responses indicated that generally they were more satisfied with the service, confident in the personal search companies and the searches were more accurate than local authority searches. During the period of the ill fated Home Information Pack the Trading Standards Office at Birmingham City Council investigated the searches contained in a large number of HIPs and found the personal searches to be more accurate than the council provided searches. All searches provided by Pali have individual insurance attached with run off cover for all or any person affected by the search. This includes the solicitor, their client, the buyer, the seller, the estate agent or even a potential buyer. This is not the case with local authority searches. We wish Paul all the very best for the future.
Nick Small Snr, Pali Ltd.
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