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Lawyer Checker
Lawyer Checker

Lawyer Checker

The risk of vendor conveyancer fraud has been increasing in recent years. As fraudsters have adapted their methods, it is no longer okay to assume that a solicitor is safe to deal with, even if you recognise the name as a reputable practice. In fact it may be a criminal using a stolen identity and diverting the funds to their own account.

Lawyer Checker is a simple but effective online service that allows you to gather further information on the vendor conveyancer that you are sending purchase funds to. When account and firm details are submitted, Lawyer Checker will identify if there is a track record or previous use associated with that account. An immediate response of "frequent", "infrequent" or "unknown" will be returned. If "infrequent" or "unknown", Lawyer Checker's in-house team will conduct further checks to give you more information and help you decide if it is appropriate to send money to that account.

Users of Lawyer Checker can benefit from a free of charge refresh. This is useful if there is a lag of several months before exchange of contracts, as it enables you to check that you're still comfortable with transferring funds to the vendor's conveyancer.

If you would like to take advantage of this refresh service, please email the Geodesys Customer Services Team.

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We recommend that you use Lawyer Checker when you get Requisitions on Title and before Exchange of Contracts. It is a far more cost-efficient and timely way of carrying out checks on vendor solicitors than in-house activity. 

The report enhances your due diligence, safeguards against genuine human error and gives you an immediate response to your query. If the result raises concern, further research will be carried out within four working hours. The key features of Lawyer Checker are:

Key features

Why is this important?

Fast, efficient way of checking a vendor solicitor's details.

It ensures the transaction is not delayed as a result of vendor identity checks.

Helps to identify and mitigate risks.

The SRA requires you to identify, manage and mitigate risks that are coming in. This supports that process.

Provides peace of mind that the vendor solicitor account you are sending large amounts of money to is legitimate.

Minimises stress and risk to you and your clients.

If further investigation is required Lawyer Checkers in-house team will conduct further checks on over ten databases including:

  • Roll of solicitors/conveyancers
  • Companies House information
  • ICO Data Protection Register
  • FCA Registers
  • Land Registry Transfers of Value lists
  • A sort code look-up
  • Streetview.
The added value of more information enables you to make an informed decision before proceeding with the transaction.
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