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21 Jan 2021 12:00 am

This week: 2021 Fidelity Fund Certificate application portal to open until 31 January 2021; Johannesburg Deeds Office Rectification Section arrangements; and conveyancing will lead the way in digital ID.

2021 Fidelity Fund Certificate application portal to open until 31 January 2021
South Africa - Legal Practice Council
2021 Fidelity Fund Certificate application portal to open until 31 January 2021 The Legal Practice Council (LPC) would like to inform all legal practitioners (attorneys and advocates with trust accounts) that the Fidelity Fund Certificate application portal will remain open for applications until 31 January 2021.

Legal Practitioners can click on the link below to create a profile and apply for their 2021 Fidelity Fund Certificate: https://ffc.fidfund.co.za/login/ All legal practitioners are urged to finalize their applications during this period. Practitioners can contact the following LPC provincial officials for queries and information relating to their application for the 2021 Fidelity Fund Certificate.
Legal Practice Council

Johannesburg Deeds Office Rectification Section arrangements
South Africa - Tech4Law
OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR OF DEEDS: JOHANNESBURG
NOTICE NO. 2/2021

Dated: 15th January 2021
TO ALL DEEDS OFFICE CLIENTS RE: RECTIFICATION SECTION ARRANGEMENTS
As per notice Registrar Notice No.1/2021 clients are not allowed to enter into section including rectification. The following arrangements has been implemented to ensure that service delivery is not affected in the section:

  1. Client must drop all rectification request or queries in a box to be place near Lodgement Section counter from 08H00 to 11:00am.
  2. The request for rectification must be in letter with the firms full details (Firm Number and Name reference, telephone email). Rectification section will record the query in the register, investigate and implements finding.

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With HM Land Registry’s Safe Harbour Standard, conveyancing will lead the way in digital ID
UK - Today's Conveyancer
Digital identity checks have been a key focus for the UK Government over the past year, with various initiatives having been announced throughout 2020, and with HM Land Registry’s recently unveiled ‘Safe Harbour Standard’ the conveyancing industry will be leading the way in terms of best practice.

HM Land Registry launched a draft set of requirements at the end of last year in order to encourage digital identity checks in the conveyancing process and provide a ‘Safe Harbour’ for those conveyancing firms who use a digital ID provider that meets the Safe Harbour standard. Conveyancers using an ID provider that meets the standard won’t be pursued by HM Land Registry in any recourse claim against a conveyancer, resulting from the registration of a fraudulent transaction, on the grounds that identity checks were inadequate.

This is a positive step for the industry. Conveyancing has long been seen as an attractive target for fraudsters and we often hear of firms falling foul of their regulatory obligations. Back in November, for example, it was reported that a legal services firm that failed to carry out sufficient identity checks on conveyancing transactions was fined £14,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
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