04 October 2013

Shulmans wins two conveyancing awards and appoints new staff

QCAS, our conveyancing division, has just won two prestigious awards at the LFS Conveyancing Awards Gala Dinner.

The event, held last Thursday 26th of September at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, recognises every year the best in the conveyancing industry.

Running in two categories, Best Direct Conveyancer and Regional Conveyancer – North East, QCAS scooped the bronze in both. Last year, we also won the bronze in the first category.

Head of QCAS Victoria Mortimer said of the event: “We are thrilled to have won these two awards. The Shulmans team have worked very hard to provide a first-class service to all of our clients, and these awards are the reflection of this. I know they will be pleased to see their expertise and dedication rightly recognised.”

Matthew Dickenson, 30, joins QCAS as a solicitor specialising in transactional conveyancing after five years with Arc Property Solicitors and a spell with Beaumont Legal. “QCAS represents a fantastic opportunity for me; it’s a highly respected large conveyancer with an incredible, award-winning IT system that’s the envy of the industry.”

Three new assistants have also been recruited, and further appointments are on the cards for later in the year.

Victoria Mortimer, Head of QCAS, said: “The market has really grown in the past two months. We’re incredibly busy – generally there’s a decline in activity in the summer as people go away on holiday but that just hasn’t happened this year. We’ve acted on over £2.05Billion of secured lending in the past 12 months.”

Commenting on the success of the firm since restructuring during the recession, she said: “We’ve seen a real, year-on-year improvement on our figures since we restructured in 2009 in response to smaller volumes and demand. Since then we’ve gained a bigger share of the re-mortgage market, in part attributable to the nervousness of risk-averse lenders under pressure from the FCA (previously the FSA). They want to use trusted firms and have reduced their panels as a result, many stipulating they will only use Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accredited firms.”