Welcome to X-Press Legal Services

Your professional property partner

A complete range of property searches and services for conveyancing professionals, delivered with first class customer service

Established in 1998, X-Press Legal Services has a wealth of experience in delivering high quality conveyancing reports by helpful and friendly experts. We develop and give clients no cost, no commitment access to our innovative technology.

Technology-led
Accurate reporting
Bespoke service
Customer care is at the heart of our business
A network of
27 offices
covering England and Wales
Fully compliant with
industry regulations
Trustworthy and
completely transparent

How can we help you

Accelerated efficiency

Connect your case management platform to ICOS, our online ordering portal.

Our integration utilises application to application (A2A) communication and interfacing among numerous apps with HTML, XML, WSDL, SOAP, and other open standards. The technology helps you streamline connectivity and minimises the amount of development time required from your CMS provider.

Key benefits:

  • Access our full suite of products and services from within your CMS
  • Transfer core data and reduce keystrokes
  • Improve accuracy and consistency
  • Access mapping and alerts
  • Your reports and documents can be returned directly to the matter
  • Secure messaging

ICOS (Intelligent Conveyancing Online System)

Improve efficiency and accuracy with our cloud-based platform, ICOS – the power hub of X-Press. You will have access to everything you need within a property transaction.

Additionally, X-Press Pay, means we can take payments direct from the consumer for our searches, reducing your firm’s VAT liability. X-Press Pay is fully GDPR compliant and provides a VAT receipt for your records.

We’re fanatical about providing the highest level of customer service

Our highly skilled network has helped conveyancers and lawyers with thousands of matters over the last 24 years. We build long-term relationships with law firms who see us as an extension of their own team and who trust us completely to take care of their property search needs.

Who we are

We are a leading provider of regulated property searches and reports to solicitors and conveyancing professionals. Trusted by more than 500 legal practices in England and Wales, our 27 independently run local businesses deliver over 400,000 regulated searches and reports every year. 

Our team puts customer care at the very heart of what we do, allowing us to develop long-lasting, meaningful relationships with our clients. Our high quality reports are fully compliant with industry regulations, and our ongoing investment in IT and technology ensures digital solutions combined with cyber security for clients’ peace of mind.

Collectively, we have more than 400 years’ industry experience throughout our network of offices, with local people using local knowledge to deliver the highest possible levels of service.

History

  • Today

    Our business has continued to grow but still retains the values of a family-run operation. We pride ourselves on the quality of our products, our customer service and our friendly approach – which lies at the very heart of our culture.

  • 2004

    We decided that it was the right time to franchise the business.

  • 2000

    Within a year, we outgrew our home office and moved into Warrington, along with two more family members, and became an incorporated business, with Lynne Lister as Managing Director, Dave Lister as Financial and Sales Director and Christian Lister as Operations Director. We continued to expand.

  • 1998

    After three members of our family had received two years of professional training and research into the conveyancing market, X-Press was born.

Regulated Local Authority Search

The Regulated Search includes accurate and up-to-date information on issues affecting a property

Regulated Drainage and Water Report

X-Press Legal Services, Regulated Drainage & Water Search, is an alternative to the Official Drainage & Water Search, Con29DW. It provides up-to-date information on drainage and water enquiries, sewers, surface water, foul water and water supply.  

X-Press Regulated Coal

The X-Press Coal Risk Report is a PCCB Regulated assessment of coal risk that provides a detailed assessment regarding environmental or ground stability hazards resulting from past, current, or future underground or opencast mining activities, information relating to subsidence claims, mine entry points, surface hazards and mining geology that may impact on a property.

Our preferred partners provide the highest quality data and services which are fully compliant with industry regulations

X-Press Legal Services works with the major suppliers and data providers to ensure accurate reporting and compliant transactions.

  • SDLT Compass

    Compass is a one stop application for all your SDLT needs, helping you to ensure that SDLT is calculated correctly for each of your clients first time, every time, and giving you the audit trail you need to prove it. Produce accurate SDLT numbers for your clients regardless of their circumstances or the type of […]

  • Thirdfort

    Thirdfort, reduce risks to lawyers and estate agents by automating identity verification, AML compliance and source of funds checks.

  • SDLT.co.uk

    SDLT.co.uk is the leading independent submission system for electronic SDLT forms – it stops stamp tax form rejections, pre-populates the form and gives you a printed SDLT5 certificate instantly upon successful submission. For a small disbursement charge per certificate, remote installation, updates, training and support all included free. X-Press Legal Services is a Gold Standard […]

  • FormEvo.co.uk

    FormEvo – trusted legal software created by people with vast experience in the legal forms and e-submission field. Using this knowledge to design a platform that delivers value and efficiency to your legal practice by a modern, progressive, cloud-based legal solution for sole practitioners through to top 100 law firms.

  • HM Land Registry

    HMLR is the main source of information relating to home and land ownership, mortgages, charges, easements, restrictive covenants, property boundaries, rights of way, current and past ownerships and house prices.

  • Argyll

    Argyll provide environmental due diligence and risk assessment services for land and property. Our clients use these to support transactions, redevelopment, corporate decision making, investments and valuations.

  • Coal Authority

    The Coal Authority’s mining reports team specialise in providing information for everything from residential and non-residential property transactions to land development, supporting key industry sectors including conveyancers, geotechnical and environmental consultants, search providers and homebuyers.

  • Cornwall Consultants

    Cornwall Consultants Limited offer mining investigations, foundation trench and property inspections, mundic tests, contaminated land assessments, abandoned mine surveys, as well as ground remediation and stabilisation services.

  • David Bellis Coal Search Plus

    The CoalSearchPlus+ service builds on David Bellis Consulting Surveyors’ reputation for flexible, friendly and informed coal mining information by providing online ordering services and the facility to deliver reports in an electronic format. All reports carry indemnity insurance cover of £2M.

  • Lawyer Checker

    Lawyer Checker defends the legal sector and the house buying public against fraudulent activity. Offering a number of solutions created using technology to solve the immediate threat of criminals stealing law firm identities.

  • Stewart Title

    Stewart Title Limited provide a complete portfolio of indemnity and insurance policies for both residential and commercial properties.

  • Terrafirma

    Across the UK, homes, infrastructure and land are at risk from complex ground hazards like mining, subsidence, coastal erosion and landslides that can have costly consequences. Terrafima’s geologists, soil scientists and mining engineers clearly communicate ground risks through pioneering reports, expert advice and innovative ground risk models.

  • Veriphy

    Veriphy offer a number or reports which fulfil the legal sectors’ stringent compliance requirements. From anti-money laundering checks to bank verification reports which reduce a solicitor’s risk and ensure the practice is fully compliant.  

  • Pinpoint Information

    PinPoint Information provides a suite of due diligence reports to property professionals including coal mining and chancel reports.

  • CLS Risk Solutions

    Providing Chancel Risk Reports as well as Chancel Insurance, highlighting the difference between a sale completing with a confident protected purchaser or going ahead with a buyer at risk of purchasing a property subject to chancel repair liability.

  • Apogee Property & Utility Consultants

    With 25 years’ experience in property and utility consultancy, Apogee provide utility search reports.

  • Future Climate Info

    FCI delivers concise and clear environmental reports with actionable outcomes. CLS Risk Solutions are now a part of FCI providing chancel searches.

  • Landmark Legal Reports

    Landmark provides a range of services to support every type of transaction in the residential and commercial property sectors.

  • Groundsure

    Groundsure is a UK authority on environmental risks including land contamination, flooding and ground stability.

  • SDLT Compass

    Compass is a one stop application for all your SDLT needs, helping you to ensure that SDLT is calculated correctly for each of your clients first time, every time, and giving you the audit trail you need to prove it. Produce accurate SDLT numbers for your clients regardless of their circumstances or the type of […]

  • Thirdfort

    Thirdfort, reduce risks to lawyers and estate agents by automating identity verification, AML compliance and source of funds checks.

  • SDLT.co.uk

    SDLT.co.uk is the leading independent submission system for electronic SDLT forms – it stops stamp tax form rejections, pre-populates the form and gives you a printed SDLT5 certificate instantly upon successful submission. For a small disbursement charge per certificate, remote installation, updates, training and support all included free. X-Press Legal Services is a Gold Standard […]

  • FormEvo.co.uk

    FormEvo – trusted legal software created by people with vast experience in the legal forms and e-submission field. Using this knowledge to design a platform that delivers value and efficiency to your legal practice by a modern, progressive, cloud-based legal solution for sole practitioners through to top 100 law firms.

  • HM Land Registry

    HMLR is the main source of information relating to home and land ownership, mortgages, charges, easements, restrictive covenants, property boundaries, rights of way, current and past ownerships and house prices.

  • Argyll

    Argyll provide environmental due diligence and risk assessment services for land and property. Our clients use these to support transactions, redevelopment, corporate decision making, investments and valuations.

  • Coal Authority

    The Coal Authority’s mining reports team specialise in providing information for everything from residential and non-residential property transactions to land development, supporting key industry sectors including conveyancers, geotechnical and environmental consultants, search providers and homebuyers.

  • Cornwall Consultants

    Cornwall Consultants Limited offer mining investigations, foundation trench and property inspections, mundic tests, contaminated land assessments, abandoned mine surveys, as well as ground remediation and stabilisation services.

  • David Bellis Coal Search Plus

    The CoalSearchPlus+ service builds on David Bellis Consulting Surveyors’ reputation for flexible, friendly and informed coal mining information by providing online ordering services and the facility to deliver reports in an electronic format. All reports carry indemnity insurance cover of £2M.

  • Lawyer Checker

    Lawyer Checker defends the legal sector and the house buying public against fraudulent activity. Offering a number of solutions created using technology to solve the immediate threat of criminals stealing law firm identities.

  • Stewart Title

    Stewart Title Limited provide a complete portfolio of indemnity and insurance policies for both residential and commercial properties.

  • Terrafirma

    Across the UK, homes, infrastructure and land are at risk from complex ground hazards like mining, subsidence, coastal erosion and landslides that can have costly consequences. Terrafima’s geologists, soil scientists and mining engineers clearly communicate ground risks through pioneering reports, expert advice and innovative ground risk models.

  • Veriphy

    Veriphy offer a number or reports which fulfil the legal sectors’ stringent compliance requirements. From anti-money laundering checks to bank verification reports which reduce a solicitor’s risk and ensure the practice is fully compliant.  

  • Pinpoint Information

    PinPoint Information provides a suite of due diligence reports to property professionals including coal mining and chancel reports.

  • CLS Risk Solutions

    Providing Chancel Risk Reports as well as Chancel Insurance, highlighting the difference between a sale completing with a confident protected purchaser or going ahead with a buyer at risk of purchasing a property subject to chancel repair liability.

  • Apogee Property & Utility Consultants

    With 25 years’ experience in property and utility consultancy, Apogee provide utility search reports.

  • Future Climate Info

    FCI delivers concise and clear environmental reports with actionable outcomes. CLS Risk Solutions are now a part of FCI providing chancel searches.

  • Landmark Legal Reports

    Landmark provides a range of services to support every type of transaction in the residential and commercial property sectors.

  • Groundsure

    Groundsure is a UK authority on environmental risks including land contamination, flooding and ground stability.

Accelerate your workflows

Integration with ICOS will give your CMS seamless and secure
access to our comprehensive portfolio of products and services

Local people using local knowledge

Our network is made up of friendly experts who are local people with an in-depth knowledge of their area. You can therefore be confident that the data-rich reports they provide will be cost-effective, relevant and accurate.

Ready to be your own boss?

X-Press Legal Services is an ideal franchise opportunity for ambitious individuals or couples seeking flexibility and independence in their next career step. The business can be run from home, with minimal overheads, making set-up relatively inexpensive and low-risk.

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What our clients say…

  • I have used X-Press Legal Services at various firms I have worked for. Having used other search firms, I now always use X-Press Legal. I have found them to be accommodating and trustworthy and more than willing to assist when there is something complicated which I may need their assistance with. They always go the extra mile for their clients and as I believe in doing this for my clients, I am pleased they do the same for me. They are a valued partner to me, and I would not hesitate to recommend them.

  • We have used Xpress legal as our search provider for a number of years we have always found them to be very efficient and professional whilst retaining the personal touch. If any queries arise in relation to search results or to advise on searches to perform in other areas of the country they are always available at the other end of the phone. ps they also do awesome Christmas hampers

  • Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend X-Press for search reports and associated services.

  • Fantastic service – delivered right on time! (and at a time when the world of property has literally gone quite mad!) Thank you SO much for this, much appreciated.

  • Thank you for sorting that out for me so quickly allowing us to complete on time, If I could reach down the phone, I would give you a big hug

  • We have two very busy conveyancing offices. X-Press Legal Services always turn around our searches in a fast and efficient manner and all the staff are very friendly and helpful. We are also very confident we can trust their search answers and have never had any issues with the searches they have provided in over 15 years.

  • I have used X-Press legal for many years and they are professional, efficient and very approachable. Nothing is too much trouble and they are happy to help in any way they can at all times.

  • The X-Press team are extremely responsive and efficient. Their experience and expertise mean they are perfectly placed to ensure our clients’ search requirements are met. The service is very cost effective and personal.

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We were delighted to host our annual conference last month at the stunning Peckforton Castle in Cheshire. We welcomed our entire franchise network for a night of celebration, reflection and fun – connecting with our peers and letting our hair down after another busy year. Our franchisees across England and Wales diligently support the conveyancing…

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If you are a consumer, we’re here to help. 

Want to obtain searches for land or property? …
take a look at our Home Risk Reports site

Need explanation about a legal issue, written
in plain English? … explore our Law Plain and Simple website

Home Risk Reports aim to make you a better informed buyer or seller, by giving you easy, cost-effective access to the most up-to-date, detailed information about the property you’re buying or selling.

Law Plain and Simple is the consumer champion when it comes to legal services. Its aim is to make the general public better informed about the legal issues they are affected by and better protected from the legal risks they are exposed to.