The Law Society is to pilot a way of making key information for home buyers and sellers available at a much earlier stage in the conveyancing process.

The TA6 form contains crucial information covering areas such as compliance with building and planning applications, flooding, common parts shared with neighbours, and information relating to Japanese knotweed and septic tanks.

The information is collated post-offer, after a solicitor has been instructed. But the Law Society, working with its conveyancing and land law committee, InfoTrack and Perfect Portal, has identified key early marketing questions that can be completed upfront in a transaction that will be known as the ‘TA6 Part 1’.

Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said the project will help consumers, estate agents and solicitors ‘seamlessly collect key marketing information using the familiar, but wholly digitised, TA6 workflow’.

She added: ‘We look forward to making the TA6 Part 1 available to our network of forms’ licensees and solicitors following the conclusion of the pilot and are hopeful it can assist in reducing the time it takes to achieve completion from the point of instruction, as well as supporting earlier instruction of a solicitor.’