eConveyancing moves a step closer in UK

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Access to over 100 million images in what is probably one of Europe’s largest ever databases is just around the corner for conveyancing online.

With the launch of Land Registry Direct service, the UK government has taken a major step towards its goal of full electronic conveyancing. The new service will, in time, enable electronic access to many millions of registers, title plans and ‘deeds referred to’ on the Land Register.

It provides low-cost online access in a secure extranet environment to over 17 million computerised registers and title plans, with millions more coming online daily.

Operated in conjunction with technology partner, Global Crossing, the new service is aimed at property, legal and finance specialists.

Launching the new service the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, said: “The new technology, developed in partnership with the private sector, provides customers with improved delivery of land registration services. It indicates that the Land Registry is well on the way to meeting the Prime Minister’s target of all government services online by 2005.

“Land Registry Direct will also provide the main gateway to Land Registry data for users of the emerging National Land Information Service.”

The UK government’s so-called “e-envoy”, Alex Allan, said: “This leading edge service is one of a string of new initiatives we will be rolling out this year as we drive forward our e-government agenda.”

Peter Collis, Chief Land Registrar, added: “In partnership with Global Crossing, and using e-business software provided by Jacada and consulting and integration services provided by Netron, Jacada’s authorised distributor in the UK, we have achieved the instantaneous retrieval and copying of some 17 million documents and plans at the click of a mouse and at an affordable price.”

Additionally, the new service, a web-enabled and much updated version of Direct Access Service, will provide account holders with:
• a significantly cheaper tariff structure without the need for purchasing additional software
• the ability to view title plans online showing the extent of properties
• improved facilities for printing and copying into other office PC applications
• the ability to view registers as scrollable documents including information on the price paid for properties sold since 1 April 2000
• in due course, access to millions of copy deeds which are currently only available in paper format
• in the longer term, full electronic delivery of dealings with land.

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