Australian Property Law

Striking a balance

Are there restrictions to buying property in Singapore?

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011, 12:00am

Law clerk sentenced to 3 years for $1.8m deception

A conveyancing clerk was yesterday jailed for three years and declared criminally bankrupt after trying to conceal the misdirection of more than $1.8 million of a client's money by deceiving another client.

Paul Chiang Sing-ko, 36, pleaded not guilty to three counts of procuring the making of an entry in bank records by deception.

26 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Home safeguards

Aspirations for home ownership are high in Hong Kong. First-time purchasers often get a foot on the property ladder by finding a flat in the second-hand market. And it is that sector where the Law Reform Commission believes further safeguards are necessary.

9 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Price war sparks conveyancing review

The Housing Authority is to review the tendering system for conveyancing services amid fears a cutthroat price battle among solicitors could cause substandard legal services.

25 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Back to reality

Three years ago, with the property boom at its height, the prospect of conveyancing fees fixed at less than $200 would have seemed the stuff that dreams are made of.

13 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

$191 flat-sale fee as lawyers fight for work

Solicitors are charging conveyancing fees of just $191.50 per flat in a Housing Authority project in a cut-throat battle to make money from a dwindling supply of public homes.

13 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Conveyancing fee

Contracts for legal work on the sale of a Housing Authority development are expected to be awarded despite a Law Society attempt to make law firms bid no less than $3,500 per flat.

It was feared the tendering process would have to be repeated after the society's move, which resulted in more than half the tenders being put in at $3,500.

16 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

LEGAL FEES 'NO GUIDE TO STANDARDS'

Lower conveyancing charges do not necessarily mean a poorer standard of service, solicitors said yesterday.

11 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Solicitors told to explain price fix

The Consumer Council urged the Law Society yesterday to explain why it told members not to undercut a fixed fee on a Housing Authority tender.

The council stepped in after the Law Society wrote to its members telling them not to put in bids below $3,500 a flat for conveyancing work on the sale of 7,600 Home Ownership Scheme flats.

11 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Law firm takeover ordered

A solicitor's firm has been taken over by the Law Society Council after an employee was allegedly found to be involved in fraud.

The council has ordered the practice of Law & Co in Yuen Long to be taken over by Wilkinson and Grist. A conveyancing clerk, suspected of fraud, is being investigated by police.

7 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Law firm ordered to close

The Law Society is shutting a solicitors' firm following complaints from clients.

For the third time in five years, the society is using its powers to intervene in the affairs of Steven Wong, Yau and Co, based in Central.

'The firm has been closed as of Friday,' a Law Society spokesman said.

11 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Selective

In 'From the Gallery' (South China Morning Post, June 26), Jonathan Braude referred to my comparison of scale fees for solicitors to taxi meter charges.

His wit is appreciated in that he made the point that the debate was about conveyancing not conveyances. As we all know conveyances has two meanings, that is, vehicles and legal documents concerning transfer of land.

28 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Complaints against solicitors soar 80pc

Complaints against solicitors increased by 80 per cent last year, mainly due to problems related to uncompleted flats in mainland China, according to the Law Society's annual report.

Two cases were brought to disciplinary proceedings.

2 May 1997 - 12:00am

'Self-serving' lawyers accused

The Law Society's main argument in favour of keeping fixed fees for property sales were 'self-serving and unsubstantiated', the Government said yesterday.

The criticism, in a report by the Legal Department, came as both sides in the long-running battle stepped up attacks.

8 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Plan to scrap fees backed

The proposal to abolish fixed fees for property transactions is widely supported, according to a survey by the Democratic Party.

The party said it would back government legislation on the issue.

The survey was conducted at the end of August and there were 250 successful responses.

16 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

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