Welcome to Legal Brokers Ltd and our Conveyancing Searches blog page.


We use this page internally to keep our clients updated with changes affecting specific Local Councils, as well Utility Companies, and other providers who have a part to play in providing conveyancing searches to solicitors and conveyancers.


This page is generally updated every couple of days as a way to keep fee earners updated. 


Our admin system, when a client logs in, provides Estimated Return Dates (ERD's) for each bundle of searches hence the News Section is simply an additional tool to keep clients updated with respect to matters affecting their search orders.


Furthermore from the searches portal our clients can also generate conveyancing quotes via our quotes calculator, get Indemnity Title Insurances, and select AML search products.


If you'd like to discuss becoming a client and our generating searches on your behalf please either call 0345 603 0708 or email jon@legalbrokers.com.



Jon Hilton

Conveyancing Searches 
Legal Brokers Ltd




News and General. 27th May 2022


Completed Personal Searches are a combination of data obtained from different Council departments, specifically; Building, Highways, Land Charges and Planning. Some data is available online, other information needs sending to us by the Council, and in the majority of cases we need to visit the Council's offices to retrieve the data we need.... and Councils can make search agents wait for available appointment slots. ie. all search firms are in the same boat (so to speak). 


Bolton Council are experiencing severe delays with both Personal and Official Searches and are working to an approximate 6-week turnaround time. They are unreachable by phone and are unresponsive to chase emails. 


Gloucester Council has experienced a cyber issue and is unable to process any Local Land Charges at this time. This includes Personal Searches and Official Searches. They do not currently have a timescale for when this will be resolved. You may wish to consider indemnity insurance to enable transactions to proceed, please email darren@legalbrokers.com to discuss this option.


Gwynedd Council are currently not accepting Personal Searches. However, Official Searches are still being accepted. If you would like to discuss the option of an Official Search, please email the team at searches@legalbrokers.com.


Hackney are not accepting "full" Local Search requests at present. There is still the option of a Partial Search, to discuss this further email nicole@legalbrokers.com. Alternatively we can offer a Search Delay Indemnity Policy for £30 plus IPT, please contact darren@legalbrokers.com for further information.


Staffordshire County Council Highways service is back up and running. The turnaround time for Highways information is currently 25 working days but the Council are trying to provide this information quicker.


As an overview there are 350 Councils, plus Utility Companies, and we've listed the following noteworthy elements; 

  • Bolton: increased from 36 days to 43 days.
  • Bridgend: up from 10 days to 21 days.
  • Central Bedfordshire: increased from 28 days to 56 days.
  • Conwy: increased from 36 to 46 days
  • Halton: increased to 24 days from 7 days.
  • Harlow: up from 21 days to 28 days.
  • L.B. of Croydon: up from 10 days to 14 days.
  • Rushcliffe: increased from 10 to 28 days.


  • East Hampshire: down from 69 to 40 days.
  • East Staffordshire: down from 23 to 17 days.
  • Isle of Anglesey: decreased from 41 to 30 days.
  • Newark & Sherwood: decreased from 44 to 20 days.
  • Surrey heath: down from 22 days to 16 days.

Please be aware that £250 spent buying a Cheshire East "Highways Search" only returns the Road adoption status. Please contact us prior to ordering. ie. the Council aren't providing the data you may be hoping for...


New Builds. In some circumstances the development and properties will be registered with the Land Registry (which is where our data comes from) and the site will be able to identify each property. If the Land Registry hasn't got the data we'll need a Plot plan, Location plan, and Development plan. ie. we need to find the property with reference to existing roads and infrastructure. 


In some circumstances it may be quicker to order an Official Search rather than a Personal Search. Officials are generally more expensive, but the Council may offer a faster turnaround time. Please email nicole@legalbrokers.com if you have an urgent search requirement.


We understand that there are unfortunately times that searches have to be cancelled. To make sure your request is received and dealt with promptly, please send all cancellation requests and queries to searches@legalbrokers.com as this email is monitored daily by all members of staff.


Kind Regards


Stacey Armitage

Searches Department

Tel: 0345 603 0708

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