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The solution to this is simple.

Have the DOB for each registered owner on the register that ONLY the solicitors can see and have access to (a separate public register would not have the DOB on it). Then, as Raymond said below, the SDLT receipts could be used a stand by in case the Land Registry makes a mistake.
The chances of a fraudster finding someone with the same date of birth as them and locating a property that they own that is empty and changing their name, is as remote as you can get.

But for this case, the seller's solicitor has dodged a bullet. As a conveyancer, do I really now have to check the ID of the seller when we act for the buyer? Can I not trust the other solicitor? Where does this end?

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