Senior Industry Figure Joins The Conveyancing Academy to Aid Expansion Plans
Experienced Conveyancer, Head of Legal Practice and current Deputy Chair of the Society of Licensed Conveyancers Laura Burkinshaw, has joined specialist residential conveyancing practice The Conveyancing Academy as a Legal Director.
Laura will work alongside current Legal Director Phill Edwards and the directorial team at the award-winning South Wales-based conveyancer as it enters a period of record growth. The Conveyancing Academy Board of Directors is now nine-strong, with a female majority of six, which reflects a largely female workforce.
Laura joins The Conveyancing Academy from conveyancing company Sort Legal, which she joined in 2020 as Head of Legal Practice, after spending 11 years at Dezrezlegal as Head of Compliance and Legal Practice.
The Conveyancing Academy Managing Director Lloyd Davies said: “I am delighted to welcome Laura on board and I am confident she is the right person to strengthen our directorial leadership team and support our ambitious expansion plans as we enter 2022.
“We currently have record staff numbers, having increased the size of the team by 50% to 150 individuals in 2021. We are recruiting and training five new conveyancers a month again throughout the course of this year, as well as welcoming experienced conveyancers.
“We will be looking to open a second office in Newport as well as working HUB offices in Swansea and Leicester this year. Our sister company Convey365 will also be launching our ground-breaking IT case management system to the conveyancing industry this year so it is going to be a very busy time.”
He added: “Knowing Laura professionally for many years through our time together at the SLC and through the Conveyancing Association, I know that she brings with her a formidable skill set in terms of client service, practice and management. She is also a specialist in conveyancing IT software architecture and design and is ideally placed to support the launch of our Convey365IT system.”
Laura, from Swansea, qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 and a Licensed Conveyancer in 2009, after completing her legal education at Glamorgan University. Laura helped to establish specialist conveyancing legal practice Dezreslegal, obtaining Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) approval for the business while growing and overseeing the business into a successful conveyancing practice, before joining Derby and Cardiff-based Sort Legal.
She said: “I am very excited to be joining The Conveyancing Academy as we enter an exciting time for the company and the industry. I wanted to work with a company who have the vision to help to move conveyancing into the digital future and, having worked with Lloyd on the SLC Board and being a member of the CA, it is clear to see that Lloyd and the rest of The Conveyancing Academy Board have the drive to challenge current industry issues and problem areas.
“One of my key strengths is working on and developing processes within case management systems and I will initially be working with the teams here to fine tune our innovative Convey365IT case management system before it is marketed to the wider industry this year.”26th January 2022