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GSPC ROADSHOW

By SLAS Spokesperson

The Glasgow Solicitors' Property Centre ran their regular roadshow in Glasgow on 29th November 2004, filling a conference room in the Glasgow Radisson Hotel on this occasion for two deliveries of the event. This event explored certain of the legal and practical issues arising in the sale of domestic, residential property and was worth one and a half hours of CPD followed by a very tempting buffet and a session of the social intercourse to which conveyancing solicitors, shut away in their chambers for long hours, are somewhat less accustomed to than Court practitioners who keep in contact with each other much ore frequently in the normal course of business. It was reported that the market was a little slower than usual even for the time of year, although there is still substantial activity. It was pointed out that this sort of period demonstrates that the solicitor's office is the natural vehicle for property sales, rather than dedicated estate agencies. Solicitors are less affected by changing levels of activity because the selling of properties is generally only one aspect of a business which provides clients with other related services such as conveyancing, executries, matrimonial and representation. A business which is entirely dependent on property sales is less able to withstand changing levels of activity, as witness the rise and fall and purchase and sale of estate agencies during the past twenty years and as witness the recent merger of Slater Hogg and Countrywide whose joint enterprise now has the pleasure of two separate sets of Byres Road overheads. But for how long? The ongoing success of the GSPC enterprise was illustrated by statistics which showed that their website received more hits than Donny Osmond received fan letters. It was apparent also that the GSPC service makes available to all, from the largest solicitors' estate agencies to the sole practitioner up a close, facilities of advertising, printing and internet, at a standard which is available only to the very largest and most successful of the estate agencies. In particular, the members' intranet system enables all members of GSPC to participate in these extraordinary facilities on an equal basis. Every solicitor with a chamber practice within the area covered by GSPC should consider the merits of belonging to this organisation. Finally, the meeting was reminded, yet again, of the case of the lady who had the roof of her bungalow removed for the purposes of an upper extension but this was dismissed, yet again, as being just another stor(e)y.

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