Combined gateway is first of its kind in the UK
Leading software provider Advanced is experiencing increasing demand for the latest version of its award-winning solution, Laserform Hub, which includes the addition of combined SDLT and Land Registry submissions.
Laserform Hub was developed to enable law firms to meet the Government’s ‘digital by default’ strategy by allowing secure electronic form submission to multiple government portals from a single location.
One hundred law firms, ranging from solo practitioners to Top 200 firms, have now signed up to the Hub, with over half of those already fully operational. Advanced launched the new combined gateway in April after working closely with the Land Registry for several months.
The new gateway simplifies the process for law firms that complete commercial and residential filing, providing them with a simple online process for submitting SDLT and AP1 forms. Features include automatic pre-population of forms and support for supervision to monitor teams and ensure deadlines are not missed.
James Rippin, Business Gateway Product Manager at Land Registry, comments, “We’ve had a very positive relationship with Advanced for a number of years now and they really understand the needs of the legal market.
“As well as simplifying the submission process and reducing risk for law firms, the new gateway will benefit Land Registry by increasing the number of digital applications we receive. We want customers to interact with us digitally because it’s more efficient, and the built-in checks in Laserform Hub result in greater accuracy and time savings.”
The new gateway was developed in an agile way, starting with a basic application which was then built out and tailored based on feedback from early adopters. As a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, there are no installation costs or overheads for customers, who have 24/7 access to the system.
Graham Sweeney, Operations Director at Schofield Sweeney, a law firm using Laserform Hub says, “Innovation is important for our practice; being involved early in the development of Laserform Hub has given us the opportunity to feed into the finished application.
“We have been using the solution for Companies House mortgage filing, and recently adding SDLT and Land Registry submissions to the platform means we can submit all of these forms from one application. The cloud-based application is quick, easy to use and more cost effective.”