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News & insights

Keep your finger on the pulse with our property search-related news and updates, from both within Thames Water Property Searches and beyond.

news: 31 May 2019

Events, sponsorship and training opportunities 2019

Our Thames Water Property Searches CPD events are extremely popular. Each year we invite industry leading speakers to present on a wide range of topics relating to the challenges and opportunities currently facing conveyancers. Experts in their field, our speakers provide in-depth knowledge, bags of enthusiasm and some great ideas that can be immediately implemented into your day-to-day activities.

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news: 30 May 2019

Thames Water Property Searches Commercial Conveyancing CPD

According to reports, commercial property is expected to rebound once the uncertainty surrounding Brexit subsides.  A wealth of domestic and overseas investors are poised to advance their plans once a clear picture of the UK’s future is formed.

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news: 14 May 2019

FCI's commercial environmental reports have changed

We are pleased to inform our customers that Future Climate Info have made changes to their commercial environmental reports. From the 8th May 2019, the FCI Commercial Standard and FCI Commercial Premium reports were replaced with two new reports: FCI Retail and FCI Commercial.

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news: 02 May 2019

Commercial Conveyancing and Cyber Security: Beyond the Basics

For business leaders in the conveyancing sector, ‘Friday Afternoon Fraud’, whereby cyber criminals intercept emails between a conveyancer and client to steal funds intended for a property purchase, is now a widely understood and recognised risk to law firms and their clients.  Indeed, authorities and regulators have made great strides in providing detailed guidance on avoiding cyber fraud in property transactions.

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news: 02 May 2019

Thames Water Property Searches Residential Conveyancing CPD

Thames Water Property Searches are delighted to announce a new conveyancing CPD event, focusing on the residential property market, its current status, recent legislation changes, cybersecurity risks and protective measures, and the possible effects of Brexit.

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news: 05 March 2019

Bringing you the new and improved Groundsure Homebuyers report

Working closely with leading suppliers such as Groundsure, Thames Water Property Searches ensure that we not only sell the searches but fully understand the detail within them.

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news: 17 December 2018

CON29DW Updated Terms and Conditions

As a producer of the Law Society's CON29DW, Thames Water Property Searches understand that in a profession that demands comprehensive answers, the CON29DW provides everything you need to know about the water and sewerage assets for your client's property purchase. The data used to compile the report is comprehensive and you can rely on its accuracy with terms and conditions in place to support you and your client.

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news: 22 November 2018

Calling all conveyancers: Future Climate Info’s commercial environmental reports available now

We are pleased to inform our conveyancer customers that Future Climate Info’s innovative suite of commercial environmental Standard and Premium reports are available from Thames Water Property Searches, analysing key data on contaminated land, flood, ground stability, as well as energy and infrastructure.

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news: 19 July 2018

Thames Water Property Searches Notification of Price Changes

Thames Water Property Searches will be increasing the price of its Residential CON29DW and Commercial Drainage & Water Enquiries from 1 September 2018 in line with RPI at 3.23%.

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news: 11 July 2018

Keeping you up-to-date: Local Land Charges moving towards a more digital future

In terms of conveyancing searches, the LLC1 and CON29 are synonymous with local authorities and currently, they are both usually submitted together. However, HMLR’s Local Land Charges Register consolidation programme will see LLC1’s, post data migration, being submitted to and completed by HMLR with only the CON29 going to local authorities.

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news: 15 January 2018

Conveyancing check list: how to protect your clients prior to property purchase

When your client is considering purchasing a property, are you asking questions such as: are those nearby fields safe from development, or have the neighbours applied to extend their basement?  

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news: 19 December 2017

"Extremely useful" and "very helpful" - a jolly reaction to December's residential conveyancing CPD event

A hardy band of solicitors and conveyancers braved snow and ice in early December, to attend our latest residential conveyancing CPD event.

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news: 15 December 2017

Events, sponsorship and training opportunities 2018

Our Thames Water Property Searches CPD events are extremely popular. Each year we invite industry leading speakers to present on a wide range of topics relating to the challenges and opportunities currently facing conveyancers. 

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news: 13 December 2017

Calling all conveyancers

Future Climate Info's residential environmental reports available now.

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news: 7 December 2017

Season's Greetings

We will be open for business throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

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news: 17 November 2017

Conveyancing Check List: Five ways your residential property clients are affected by the changes to sewerage legislation.

The law regarding sewerage legislation has changed. Thames Water Property Searches Account Manager Jason Harper explains why conveyancers should be made aware of this change in legislation.

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news: 3 November 2017

Conveyancing: Home truths

The Drainage and Water Searches Network (DWSN) were proud to sponsor this year’s Law Society Gazette Conveyancing Roundtable on 11 September, chaired by Editor, Eduardo de Reyes and hosted by TLT.

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news: 25 October 2017

Celebrating 15 years of the CON29DW: 2002 to 2017 and beyond

The Drainage and Water Searches Network (DWSN) hosted a celebratory lunch for senior industry stakeholders at The Gherkin, London on Thursday, 19 October to mark the 15th Anniversary of the CON29DW.

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news: 17 August 2017

Does surface water from the property drain to a public sewer?

Jason Harper, Account Manager

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news: 28 July 2017

FREE Residential CPD Event: The Importance of Information

Each year we invite industry leading speakers to present on a wide range of topics relating to the challenges and opportunities currently facing conveyancers. 

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news: 12 July 2017

TWPS Private Sewer Transfer and SuDS CPD still proving to be a useful and popular topic

Despite the private sewer transfer being 5 years old, questions still remain and confusion is still apparent. 

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news: 4 July 2017

Our latest Continual Professional Development (CPD) event at the STEAM Museum was just the ticket – time to get on board?

Did you know that all CPD courses run by Thames Water Property Searches are designed to help ensure you’re in line with most recent Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) guidelines?

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insight: 9 May 2017

Blog: Delving deeper into the Local Authority search and CON29 changes with Jan Boothroyd

Our recent CPD event included a very interesting talk from Jan Boothroyd, the Chief Executive of Land Data, on Local Authority Searches. Jan is acknowledged as the leading Local Land Charges expert in England and Wales and is a long-standing member of The Law Society CON29 Working Party as well as being the author of the highly insightful "Garner’s Local Land Charges" book. 

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news: 4 May 2017

‘Excellent – as always’: the verdict’s in on our latest CPD event

Commercial conveyancing was the theme of the day-long conference, which took place at Chelsea Old Town Hall on Thursday 20 April. A total of 64 delegates came to hear the four speakers talk about a wide variety of pertinent topics from negotiating break option terms for tenants to changes in drainage legislation.

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news: 5 April 2017

Unexploded ordnance device search

TWPS expands portfolio to include unexploded ordnance devices search


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news: 15 March 2017

Retail market opening

From April 2017, all non-household customers in England will be able to choose their water and sewerage retail services provider. This is due to a change in the law under the Water Act 2014, designed to introduce competition into the water industry

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news: 03 March 2017

TWPS adds new RiskView Commercial report to its search portfolio

We are delighted to inform customers that Landmark’s innovative RiskView Commercial report is now available from Thames Water Property Searches.

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news: 24 January 2017

2016:Year in review

It’s been a turbulent twelve months. Having a reliable, industry-leading search provider has never been more important

Few would deny that 2016 has been full of twists and turns. From the shock Brexit referendum result to Donald Trump’s recent victory in the US presidential elections, safe to say it’s been an eventful year.

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news: 7 December 2016

Season's Greetings

Thames Water Property Searches will be open for business throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

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news: 29 July 2016

Environmental searches: A simple solution to the complex issue of flood risk

 How to make sure your clients' transactions are completely watertight.

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news: 28 July 2016

Notification of price changes

Thames Water Property Searches will be increasing the price of its CON29DW, CommercialDW Drainage & Water Enquiries and Asset Location Searches from 1 September 2016. 

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news: 7 July 2016

Events, sponsorship and training opportunities 2016/17

Listed below are all our remaining events for 2016 and 2017 - why not come and visit us?

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news: 30 June 2016

Changes to the CON29R

In order for us to implement the changes to the CON29R our website will be temporarily unavailable from 6:00pm on Friday 1 July until 6:00pm on Saturday 2 July. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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news: 13 June 2016

Avoiding the minefield of land contamination

Don't be caught out by the new statutory guidance on land contamination. Thames Water Property Searches can advise you on how to protect your client from unforeseen environmental liabilities.

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news: 25 May 2016

Thames Water Property Searches' latest headline CPD event a huge success

 Over 80 conveyancers attended our property conference 'Property Problems and Solutions 2016', which took place in April at The Law Society, London.

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news: 25 May 2016

London Legal Walk 2016

On the 16 May some of the Thames Water Property Searches' team took to the streets of London and joined around 10,000 participants made up of members of the legal profession, business associates and family and friends, to take part in the 2016 London Legal Walk.


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news: 16 May 2016

Updated residential CON29DW and CommercialDW Drainage and Water Enquiries now available

The updated residential CON29DW and CommercialDW Drainage and Water Enquiries are now available to all Thames Water Property Searches’ customers.

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news: 7 December 2015

Season’s Greetings

Thames Water Property Searches will be open for business throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

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news: 6 July 2015

New product launch: Lawyer Checker

We are delighted to announce the launch of Lawyer Checker. Lawyer Checker is a simple, effective online service developed to reduce uncertainty in identifying the legitimacy of the vendor conveyancer.

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news: 25 April 2015

New product: Envirosearch gets a makeover

An enhancement to Landmark’s Envirosearch Residential report is now live and available to order.

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