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The Foster Partnership - CLC Intervention into Conveyancing Firm

21/05/2020
The Foster Partnership has closed for business after their regulators, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), intervened into the trading from the company's 4 offices in Kent. The intervention is for a breach to the Code of Conduct that The Foster Partnership must adhere to. This breach and subsequent intervention has led to many clients to be left without legal representation and looking for a new conveyancing solicitor in Kent.

Have you been affected by the intervention of The Foster Partnership?

At SAM Conveyancing we are doing what we can to help and our panel of solicitors can support finishing off your conveyancing. If you need a conveyancing lawyer then please give us a call and see how we can help - 0333 344 3234 (local call charges apply). Our panel of solicitors can help with:

  • Conveyancing for selling, buying, transfer of equity, remortgage, lease extensions and collective enfranchisement
  • Wills
  • Deed of trust
  • Employment issues including redundancy claims
  • Litigation

When instructed we can help obtain your files from the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (you should have already been contacted by them ).

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What happened to The Foster Partnership?

The Foster Partnership were a conveyancing firm who were regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) and handled conveyancing work including sales, purchases, remortgages and transfer of equity. The company started trading in 2015 and its business was built on referrals from local estate agents in Kent and with local developers.

The cause of the intervention seems to relate to problems identified during the company's 2018 annual regulatory audit. The Negotiator Reported:

"Problems were identified at the conveyancing company when, during a 2018 annual regulatory audit, breaches of the company’s professional rules were uncovered including serious accounting errors. These were reported to the CLC."

The Foster Partnership operated from:

  • 28 Cavendish Street, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9AL
  • 67 High Street, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5LQ
  • 46 High Street, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 0JT
  • Auction Department, 1st Floor, 2 Cecil Square, Kent, CT9 1BD

Mr Edward Richard Foster is still the Director of the company however the following directors terminated their appointment in the last few months before the CLC intervention on the 17th October 2019; Christina Susan Foster, Jane Somerville Baird, Trevor Gary Huffey and Maria Alethea Homewood.

A number of employees of the Foster Partnership have also won an Employment Tribunal case against the company in April 2020. One of the Claimants, Mr Paul Dickinson, was awarded by the Tribunal £50,631. Read more on this case here - Paul Dickinson v The Foster Partnership Ltd: 2304750/2019

What happens to your case?
The CLC have appointed a conveyancing firm called Stephensons Solicitors LLP in Manchester to take over any files if you want them to do so or you can work with another firm of your choice. We are available to take on your case and can help support getting your file transferred to our panel solicitors when you instruct.

If you are worried about post completion (click to find out more) work to register your property then please contact the CLC on:

Council for Licensed Conveyancers - Contact Centre
Tel: 020 3859 0904
Email: clc@clc-uk.org

How do you instruct SAM to take over your file?
    1
    Get an online conveyancing quote - our fees are very competitive
    2
    Call us and we'll set up your file and our solicitor sends instruction documents
    3
    Our panel solicitor contacts the CLC to organise the file to be sent over
    4
    We push forward to get you moving again

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