Can I sign a Certificate of Title?
Certificate of Title is not a ‘reserved instrument’ under the
Legal Services Act 2007 there is nothing from a regulatory
perspective that prevents a member of CILEx from signing one
provided they are complying with the CILEx Code of Conduct. You
should however be authorised by your firm to sign the form, and
ideally your firm should have appropriate procedures in place that
manage the risks involved in conveyancing work, including the
authority to sign off documents.
Please note that most Land Registry forms require the authorised
person to be the signatory. Other forms involved in conveyancing
may need to be signed by an authorised person. Currently
members are not able to independently conduct reserved instrument
activities, unless they have obtained the CILEx Conveyancing Practice rights. You can read further information on the practice rights here.
Amongst other exemptions, members can conduct reserved
instrument activities as an exempt person when under the
supervision of an authorised person; usually a solicitor or
licensed conveyancer. (See schedule 3 of the Legal Services Act
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