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CIELA’s legal response to Purplebricks’ lawyers’ anticipated letter alleging libel

In light of the fact that several journalists declined to publish the op-ed piece written by Charlie Wright regarding the ASA ruling against Purplebricks for fear that it was libellous, he has decided to publish the following statement.  This statement clarifies exactly why the piece is not defamatory, pursuant to the UK’s Defamation Act 2013. [...]

By | October 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Purplebricks or Purpletricks? CIELA Founder statement: Michael Bruce is a liar and a conman

By CIELA Founder Charlie Wright. Purplebricks founder and CEO Michael Bruce is a liar and a conman. Tens of thousands of mostly first-time home-sellers have handed over non-refundable money in the vain hope it would save them money on the cost of selling with conventional estate agents. That money is lost because, unlike a conventional estate [...]

By | October 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

ASA upholds CIELA complaint and bans Purplebricks Commisery TV advertisements

CIELA filed the only successful complaint (of 38 filed in total) against Purplebricks’ “commisery” television advertisements, according to the ASA ruling published Wednesday October 18th. As a result PurpleBricks must now stop showing the offending adverts and remove them from any websites where they remain. Purplebricks breached BCAP rules 3.1, 3.2 (Misleading advertising), and 3.3 [...]

By | October 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Options for CIELA’s future

The 6 month consultation pre-launch period ended as of Saturday 30th September. Insufficient membership has been achieved for a full launch. However, discussions are now taking place with well-established, third parties who have expressed an interest in possible alliances or partnerships which may allow CIELA to fully form, although these discussions are at an early [...]

By | October 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why CIELA’s launch will mean rogue agents quickly going out of business

More than two-thirds of independent agents comply with what the UK government deems minimum legislative requirements. These are the professionals, who add value to their customers and guide them skilfully through the moving gauntlet. The rules are put in place with the intention of protecting the public from illegal operators, incompetence and criminal agents. Legislative requirements [...]

By | July 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why CIELA’s launch will mean rogue agents quickly going out of business

CIELA to halt letting fees ban, expose rogue agents and combat misleading corporate adverts

Thursday 6th July 2017 CIELA, the Charter for Independent Estate and Lettings Agents, has set out its first tasks, should the organisation launch successfully on 1 October. Subject to sufficient support and member sign-ups, its first 3 intentions are clear. If launched on 1 October, CIELA pledges to 1. Spotlight any and all agents operating [...]

By | July 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on CIELA to halt letting fees ban, expose rogue agents and combat misleading corporate adverts

CIELA “Birth” unlikely with current support levels, unless more agents join now

CIELA, the Charter for Independent Estate and Lettings Agents which aims to represent the collective interests of independent agents, said today that it was not currently receiving enough support to have a realistic chance of launching on 1st October. Presently it is in its pre-launch “incubation” period until 30 September - it is inviting owners [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on CIELA “Birth” unlikely with current support levels, unless more agents join now

June 21st Decision-Makers’ Debate Manchester details CONFIRMED

CIELA Decision-Makers! We have confirmed the following details for our event this Wednesday in Manchester: Location - Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel. Hale Barns, Hale Road, Altrincham, WA15 8XW. Time - 9:30AM - 11:30AM. *open to all independent agency owners including non member agents* If you have not registered for your free ticket, do so here. [...]

By | June 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on June 21st Decision-Makers’ Debate Manchester details CONFIRMED

Why “focusing on being better” is killing the independent industry’s reputation

Opinion piece by Charles Wright, Founder of CIELA. [A comment on my LinkedIn article about forcing PurpleBricks to publish their actual completion rates has prodded me into writing this article.] Ladies and gentlemen. In the name of the livelihoods of the more than 100,000 employees of independent agents, please, please stop saying “let’s just prove [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why “focusing on being better” is killing the independent industry’s reputation