I work at InfoTrack. We’re a conveyancing service provider who focuses on evolving traditional working processes to make things better for conveyancers.
I have recently been looking at the process of identifying land. When we take the saying ‘start as you mean to go on’ and apply it to how conveyancers do this, it can translate to ‘the effort at the beginning will give you the desired outcome’.
Whilst it is quite simple to find and plot land when you have all the information, what happens when you don’t have a postcode or other vital information that helps you search?
Our findings show that searches are often delayed when land is not clearly identified at the beginning of the process. This is often the case with new build developments and commercial properties. Our own customers tell us this is a challenge and the process to identify land without a postcode is time-consuming and risky.
To overcome these issues, we needed a smart, effective tool using definitive data.
So we invested in the National Polygon dataset provided by Land Registry. We use this dataset to quickly identify new land by title reference, as well as postcode. We don’t waste time zooming in and out of maps or panning around them looking for a plot – which can be confusing at the best of times. Not only does this save time at the start, it also helps to minimise the number of queries that may be raised about the land later.
I believe that investing in these types of initiatives will benefit conveyancers. Especially as conveyancers get used to better technology and begin to demand more user-friendly tools in the workplace. Ultimately, I believe conveyancers should have the ability to perform this identification as part of all orders, rather than switching between multiple platforms. That’s why we’ll continue to work closely with Land Registry to challenge and evolve the conveyancing process, helping conveyancers become more efficient and ‘starting as they mean to go on’.