A DEWSBURY law firm has become one of the first practices to qualify for a new home buying scheme.
Kingswell Watts, based in Church Street, are now members of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS).
They went through a strict assessment that covered areas like compulsory training and random audits to qualify.
The firm, formed in 1988 by a merger of Kingswell and Watts and Son, must go through regular assessments to maintain their membership.
It means clients are guaranteed set standards when buying or selling a home, including upfront allin prices.
The scheme also covers legal advice and how people are kept informed of progress made on buying or selling their property.
CQS is backed by groups including Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers. It has been introduced to improved the practice of conveyancing and Kingswell Watts are among the earliest nationally to join.
They are also thought to be the first practice in Dewsbury to sign up, partly because Kingswell Watts specialise in conveyancing.
Director Asif Abubaker said: “We do a lot of conveyancing and feel its important to offer the best and clearest service possible.
“People often think doing it online is cheaper, but there’s often lots of ‘hidden’ charges that can make them more expensive.
“We tell you what the cost will be and there’s no extras. By qualifying for CQS the public know we’re committed to a providing quality service.”
Law Society President Lucy ScottMoncrieff said of the scheme: “Buying or selling a home can be a stressful time.
“And with so many conveyancing service providers out there CQS helps people seek out those that can provide a safe and efficient service.”