CQS accreditation comes at the right time for family solicitors AFG LAW
15th January 2012
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CQS accreditation comes at the right time for family solicitors AFG LAW


AFG LAW, formerly Adam F Greenhalgh, has been awarded entry to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) which is the mark of excellence for the home buying process.   Timely indeed following HSBC’s radical move this week in deciding to opt for 100% separate representation unless the conveyancer is on a panel of just 42 firms UK-wide.  


“We are delighted to have secured CQS status.  It is recognition of the high quality legal advice we provide to our residential property clients and is an additional assurance for future home buyers of the excellent level of service we provide at what is often a stressful time for many people” says Greg French, property partner at AFG LAW.  “HSBC mortgage customers are to be given a choice of using their own solicitor and paying an additional fee, or using one of the HSBC panel firms.  Although they have to pay more, I am confident that the personal level of service and face-to-face interaction we provide will mean our clients choose us over a panel conveyancer.  The worrying thing here is how many other lenders may follow suit, effectively limiting consumer choice”  


To secure CQS membership, AFG LAW underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society including compulsory training, self-reporting and random audits.   


Law Society President John Wotton said “CQS improves efficiency with common, consistent standards and services levels and enables consumers to recognise practices that provide a quality residential conveyancing services.


Buying a home is one of the largest purchases anyone will make in their lifetime, so it is essential that it is done to the highest standard by a solicitor.  There are many different conveyancing service providers out there, making it difficult for home buyers to identify those which can ensure a safe and efficient level of service.”



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