In brief: A revolutionary pilot scheme

A revolutionary pilot scheme to allow lawyers to perform conveyancing searches online – in a fraction of the usual time – is set to go nationwide within a year after landing a £4m government grant. National Land Information Service chief Peter Sizer says some of the money will be used to develop the National Land & Property Gazetteer – a national property database. It will allow lawyers to locate a property anywhere in the country, access a map of the relevant areas and electronically search 12 organisations.