The former chief executive of ARLA Propertymark, David Cox, is to join Rightmove from next week and become the portals first legal and compliance director.

Cox (LinkedIn profile) will be in charge of advising agents on their compliance responsibilities. This will involve ensuring Rightmove’s training program provides agents with up-to-date guidance on the impact of legal changes in the industry and what agents need to know and do to comply.

Cox will host a monthly webinar designed to help agents understand changes to the industry. The first one will be on Tuesday November 10 and will explain the U.K.’s new covid tier system, potential changes to repossession laws under section 21 when a fixed term tenancy ends and the impact from the risk of referral fees being banned.

He led Propertymark’s lettings business from 2014 until July when he left for unknown reasons. Before that he was senior policy officer at what is now the National Residential Landlords Association for five years. He is also a trained barrister and worked in the British House of Commons as a parliamentary adviser to an MP in 2008.

“For most of my career I’ve been helping the property industry with compliance to ensure agents are always operating at their very best,” Cox said in a statement released by Rightmove.

“At this critical juncture for the industry, joining Rightmove enables me to take forward this work and continue supporting the agents we serve.”

“With the abolition of Section 21 and agent regulation on the horizon, his legal knowledge and his experience of engaging with government will help us deliver real-time updates and help for our members,” said Dave Anderson, Rightmove’s head of estate agency.

 

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