NZ property lawyers follow Scottish lead

Solicitors in New Zealand will lose their hold on conveyancing work if a Bill to break down the barriers between conveyancing and estate agencies passes through parliament.

To give solicitors an advantage in the ensuing struggle, Ian Haynes, president of the New Zealand Law Society, last week met with advocates of the Glasgow and Edinburgh property centres and Scottish firms with successful estate agency practices.

According to Haynes, one option for New Zealand's solicitors is to set up property centres.

“I believe New Zealand can learn a lot from Scotland in this area. Scotland has a lot of experience and the system here seems to work very well indeed,” he said.

George Clark, chairman of the Edinburgh Solicitors' Property Centre, met with Haynes and said that there was no logical reason why property centres could not be established in New Zealand.

But he also pointed out that property centres were not the only way forward and the alternative route offered by the solicitors' property centres in England could prove appropriate.