Altis is an online conveyancing platform which provides a central place where conveyancing transactions can be carried out in a secure and transparent environment. It has been designed by the Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre (ESPC) and BDP Software.

The Law Society’s involvement

One of our key strategic aims is to SERVE our members through a detailed understanding of their needs, providing tools and services which they can use every day. We can see huge potential benefits in having a digital one-stop-shop for conveyancing and we know there is appetite for this among the profession. Recent legislation allowing solicitors to use electronic signatures on documents, alongside the Law Society digital Smartcard, means there is an opportunity for an online service which will help to speed up conveyancing processes as well as providing an accurate and fully accountable system, benefitting both solicitors and their clients.

The Law Society, through its Property Law Committee, set up the Future of Conveyancing Working party. Its remit was to look at ways of improving the conveyancing and one of the ideas was to look at an online conveyancing portal. There are existing examples on the market, but we wanted to be sure of having a product that was suitable for the Scottish market and offered value for money for Scottish solicitors. We launched an open tender process in April 2016 to ensure that any business that would be invited to tender could come up with a cost-effective online solution which will work for solicitors and others involved in the property sector.

Our stake in the new venture demonstrates our commitment and gives us an ability to help shape development of this new service so it will meet the needs of our members.


Will it integrate with my other systems, eg case management?

Yes. Our aim is to have Altis integrate with as many legal systems as possible. 

Who else was involved in developing the product?

As well as extensive testing with law firms, Altis has been developed in partnership with key industry bodies including Registers of Scotland and the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

Will I be able to use my Smartcard with Altis?

Yes, you can use your Smartcard to securely login to the platform and sign documents and emails and send these directly from the platform.

Will my staff be able to use the system if they don’t have a Smartcard?

Yes, staff can login using their username and password if they do not have a Smartcard.

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