This one has been coming over the hill for a while (see previous Passle). However, while there may be strong opinions on both sides about how easy or not this will make conveyancing transactions, or whether it will have a positive effect on client protection (undoubtedly so, in my view), my initial thoughts are that the more marked effect may be on the brand of solicitor. Need an estate administered? Try the accountants. Just like solicitors, except they offer a wider range of services and can be trusted with client money...