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.  30th September 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). 


Rossendale Council have improved. We're reduced their turnaround time from 54 days to 25 days. 


Bury St. Edmunds are running approximately 2-3 weeks behind with their Highways searches due to an increased volume of enquiries.


Dudley Council are still experiencing technical difficulties with their Building Control Search database. All information is currently being obtained via their MapSearch tool, which has been stated as containing accurate and complete records by Development Control. 


East Staffordshire have increased to a 45 working day turnaround time for Personal and Official Local Searches due to experiencing issues beyond their control. They are advising chases only be sent after this time has passed. 


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.


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


Knowsley Council are experiencing massive demand for search appointments resulting in an extended lead time for search requests. The current turnaround time for this council at present is 35 working days.


Sheffield Council will be experiencing increased timescales for both Personal and Official Local Searches from July through to October. Searches are highly unlikely to be expedited during this time. The Council advises a turnaround time of up to 25 working days.


St Helens are advising a 12 week turnaround time for Personal Local Searches due to high demand for The Local Land Charges service. The turnaround time for Official Local Searches is 10 weeks.


Tonbridge and Malling are experiencing delays returning Local searches due to recent annual leave within the Land Charges Department.


West Lancashire Council are experiencing delays and are currently unable to advise of a revised timescale.


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

  • Adur and Worthing: increased from 21 to 32 days
  • Blaby: up from 20 to 31 days..Caerphilly - up from 19 to 33 days 
  • East Staffordshire: increased from 32 to 63 days.
  • Newport: increased from 17 to 47 days.
  • St Helens: up from 27 to 63 days
  • Tonbridge and Malling: up from 13 days to 23 days.


  • Durham: down from 62 to 42 days.
  • Plymouth: decreased from 59 to 39 days.
  • Wellingborough: down from 24 days to 17 days.
  • Wiltshire: down from 42 days to 36 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 kath@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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