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Digitisation in the Legal Industry

While the prospect of going paper-light or even paperless may still be elusive for many firms, there is no doubt that conveyancers are increasingly embracing the digital world. Emails are only the beginning of digitisation Recent decades have already seen a significant shift towards digital with emails now being the primary form of communication regarding transactions, rather than letters. But … Read More

How Altis can help with flexible working

With the rising popularity of flexible working options across different industries, it might be that you or some of the other staff members in your firm would like to work from home sometimes or to adopt slightly different hours to usual. Flexible working and conveyancing Flexible working is a great benefit for employees, but it can sometimes be stressful trying … Read More

Altis from a software developer’s perspective

Bozydar has been a software developer with Altis for two years, focusing on features and application maintenance. We spoke to him to find out what he thinks the main benefits of Altis are and what’s next for the platform and the legal technology industry. What do you think the main benefits of Altis are for the user? First of all, … Read More

Q&A with Laura McFadzean from ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan

Laura McFadzean, Director at ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan, has been using the Altis platform for a couple of years, and just recently committed to putting 100% of her conveyancing transactions into it. We caught up with her to find out about her experience with Altis and what changes 2019 may bring to the legal technology industry. Can you describe your experience … Read More

First Scottish integration: Streamlining the conveyancing process for solicitors

Established in 1987, First Scottish is one of the largest search providers in Scotland. Searches are a required part of any property transaction to be carried out by the selling solicitor. From the beginning of Altis, one of the goals was to integrate the platform with the First Scottish system. This integration went live at the end of 2018, meaning … Read More

Q&A with Angus Niven from Coulters

Coulters, an Edinburgh-based solicitor estate agent, have recently begun trialling the Altis platform to improve their efficiency and the service they can provide to clients. We caught up with one of their solicitors, Angus Niven, to find out about his experience with Altis so far and the importance of technological advancements in the legal industry. Can you tell us about … Read More

What does 2019 hold for Altis and the legal technology industry?

Our 2018 review 2018 was a great year for Altis Legal – from our first set of users going fully digital to our integration with the Registers of Scotland going live, it’s certainly been a busy one. Mike Barcroft, the original developer behind the system and current Chief Technology Officer, looks back at the achievements of the past year, and … Read More

How is new technology affecting Scottish conveyancing?

A recent survey by BDO LLP, an Edinburgh accountancy and business advisory firm, has revealed that seventy per cent of Scottish law firm partners and senior partners believe that technology will have the greatest impact on their client relationships in the next five years, compared with 40 per cent in the rest of the UK. BDO’s Law Firm Leadership Survey … Read More

Streamline your solicitor estate agency business

  Altis and BDP are sister companies, which means that as well as sharing offices and resources, the two systems work in tandem with one another. Information can be passed to and from both platforms, providing harmony between property and conveyancing teams. BDP is a leading Estate Agency management software. It is simple and intuitive to use yet incredibly powerful, and … Read More

Is working from home the future of conveyancing?

The concept of working from home has been gaining in popularity recently, creating new possibilities for the way businesses are structured. The legal profession is not exempt from this, especially with increasing digitisation of day-to-day legal processes. We all know that an office environment can be distracting enough with noise and chatter, never mind the constant battle to keep everyone … Read More

The simple steps for signing up to Altis

  Altis offers you the chance to invigorate and revitalise your current conveyancing processes; streamlining your everyday tasks and workflow, allowing you to free up the time to speak to your customers or revise other aspects of your business. In this blog post, we are going to outline the four simple steps for signing up to Altis, showing you just … Read More

Scottish Legal Awards Finalist

We are very excited to announce that we have been selected as a finalist for the Scottish Legal Awards 2017. There is a new category being debuted at the awards this year: Innovation in Practice. The entrants of this category were asked to show how their innovation has improved efficiency and processes in practice and we are delighted to have … Read More

Registers of Scotland Digital Transformation Consultation

As you will be aware, the Registers of Scotland (RoS) are in the process of reviewing their business practises, and in particular how digital services will impact their future transformation. As such, they have released a consultation to understand how you feel about the current digital services and to help find out how you envision the further digitisation of other … Read More

Making the most of your limited time

At Altis we understand that change can be difficult and making the most of your time is really important. Find out exactly how Altis can help save you time.

Improving the customer experience

Keeping the customer at the core of a business, and making sure that they have a positive experience, has never been so important. The public both expect and demand instant gratification and an immediate response to any query, no matter how difficult that can sometimes be. The client login system, which is available through Altis, has been designed just for … Read More

How to keep your data safe

Keeping your business data safe online is a growing concern for many businesses. Follow our top tips for data security for your business.

Digital discharges

Stephanie Brown from Registers of Scotland tells us exactly what you need to know about digital discharges. Registers of Scotland (RoS) in conjunction with the Law Society of Scotland and Council of Mortgage Lenders has been reviewing the discharge process with the aim of introducing efficiencies to all parties by providing a streamlined process.  Similar activity has been successfully implemented … Read More

New Scottish Standard Clauses

The Scottish Standard Clauses (Edition 1), designed to represent a Scotland-wide approach to standard clauses for use in residential conveyancing transactions, came into effect on 5 January 2015 and were replaced by Edition 2 which came into effect on 3 May 2016. It is hoped the Scottish Standard Clauses will lend greater certainty and efficiency in concluding missives than that … Read More


As we make our final preparations before launching Altis, we thought we’d take a look back over some of our highlights from the last 12 months. Our biggest achievement has been finalising our partnership with the Law Society of Scotland. In April 2015 the Law Society of Scotland invited tenders for the potential development of a digital property portal and … Read More

Altis helps the Law Society meet key strategic aim

One of the Law Society’s key strategic aims is to serve our members through a detailed understanding of their needs, providing tools and services which they can use every day. We saw huge potential benefits in having a digital one-stop-shop for conveyancing and also knew there was appetite for this among the profession. The recent legislation allowing solicitors to use … Read More

Altis announces partnership with The Law Society of Scotland

A new digital platform will be launched throughout Scotland in spring this year, designed to speed up the conveyancing process. This online system, Altis, has been developed by ESPC and BDP Estate Agency Software as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for property solicitors. As we move towards a world where a digital presence is all important, an electronic conveyancing system serves the need … Read More

The new housing bill explained

November is normally a quiet time in the world of lettings but this year has seen a lot of activity as more details of the new housing bill are announced. The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 7th October 2015. This will make significant changes to the regulation of private lets. Although it has … Read More

ESPC House Price Report October 2015

House Price Report October 2015 Key facts/points There has been a healthy 15.2% increase in the number of homes sold in east central Scotland between August and October 2015, compared with the same period last year Average selling prices have increased by 1.5%, compared with the same three month period last year. 58.9% of sales are now achieving their Home … Read More

Positive response to new e-conveyancing programme

ESPC celebrates positive response to innovative new e-conveyancing programme ESPC, the leading property marketing company in East Central Scotland, in partnership with BDP Software for Estate Agencies, is celebrating having reached a major milestone in the development of its new e-conveyancing service – ‘Altis’ the first of its kind in Scotland. The online system has been developed in response to … Read More