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BREAKING: Former ARLA boss David Cox to join Rightmove as legal chief

The former Propertymark chief is to help agents keep up-to-date on latest industry legislation and compliance, and front webinars.

Nigel Lewis


Propertymark’s former lettings chief David Cox is to join Rightmove as its new Legal & Compliance Director in a role specifically created for the industry figure.

Cox abruptly exited Propertymark in July in circumstances that have yet to be explained by the industry association, and will now concentrate on offering Rightmove agents training and advice on legislative changes affecting the industry, although his extensive knowledge of Whitehall’s corridors of power will also come in useful.

He will also be fronting a new series of webinars at Rightmove, kicking off on November 10th and covering Covid, referral fees and evictions.

Cox has a varied property, political and legal background.

After a spell working for an MP he worked for a property union in Brussels and then joined what is now the National Residential Landlords Association in 2008 as a policy officer, later joining ARLA Propertymark in 2014.

Very best

David Cox said: “For most of my career I’ve been helping the property industry with compliance to ensure agents are always operating at their very best.

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

rightmoveRightmove’s Head of Estate Agency, Dave Anderson (left), says: “With the abolition of Section 21 [evictions] and agent regulation on the horizon, his legal knowledge and his experience of engaging with government will help us to deliver real-time updates and help for our members.”

October 28, 2020


  1. David Cox, Chris Hamer Chair, and Mark Hayward Chief Executive NAEA all gave in their notices within weeks of each other. I think the lack of governance around the VAT that had been underpaid by Propertymark as recorded in their last financial report, shows that as a regulatory force, Propertymark is possibly more a farce than a force, and the bigger question is why did the rank and file membership not get to hear about it?

    Often I feel that those who regulate, would do well to take a good look internally.

  2. A clever move by Rightmove. It won’t make me return though, but I’m bitterly disappointed that means we won’t have the benefit of David again. I’m still seething at Propertymark for letting him go…..

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