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With over 35 years of experience as a property lawyer, the Conveyancing Insider has seen it all.
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Jul 14
2011

Responses to Conveyancing Solicitors Referral Fees

I recently received more comments on my blog about what are politely called referral fees. These are fees paid by Conveyancing Solicitors to estate agents and mortgage brokers who have introduced clients. At present, the client is often not aware that such a fee has been paid, or will not know the amount paid even if he or she guesses that the agent has received a fee. If the Solicitor has paid...

Jul 14
2011

Buying a Freehold House Part III – Conveyancing for the Exchange of Contracts

Welcome to Part III of this series of Conveyancing articles examining what you really get for your Conveyancing Fees. There's been a lot of talk about the damage agents' referral fees are doing to the market, but don't be misled - Conveyancing Solicitors do a lot of varied work to earn their fee. Yes, some of it is 'just' form-filling, but when an issue arises or something is about to go badly...

Jul 14
2011

Buying a Freehold House IV – From Exchange to Completion

In the penultimate article of this series on Conveyancing for a freehold residence, the crucial steps between the exchange and completion, that all important moment when the keys are handed over, is considered. Exchange You will know when you can move into your new home once contracts are exchanged and the completion date has been agreed. Details of the work that your Fridaysmove...

Jul 11
2011

Buying a Freehold House Part II - Pre-Exchange Conveyancing

In Part I, I considered the first steps of the Conveyancing process, and what you are actually getting for your money. On the face of it, it seems like your Solicitor is only required to fill out a few forms, but as we shall see, the legal work for a property sale can be much more complex. . . Your Conveyancing Solicitor will be ready to proceed as soon as you have confirmed instructions. The...

Jul 11
2011

The risk of Conveyancing Solicitors cutting corners on new build plans

One of my pet niggles is those property developers and converters (and their Conveyancing Solicitors) who are too thrifty to have proper sale plans prepared. It might save a few pounds, but they often are the cause of costly problems for the people who buy from them. When a new property or a converted flat is first sold, it is essential that the transfer deed or lease includes a clear plan. It is...

Jul 07
2011

Should Conveyancing Solicitors recommend RICS Condition Reports?

How many people make the most expensive purchase in their life without having it properly checked? The fact is that many of us buy a house without asking a surveyor to check the property. Conveyancing Solicitors always advise home-buyers to have a full building survey carried out, but many think they can rely on the mortgage ‘survey’ and are put off by the additional expense of having...

Jul 04
2011

Do not get caught out by Terms and Conditions in Online Conveyancing Quotes

Do you bother to read the ‘Terms and Conditions’ when buying a product or service online? I am willing to bet that most people don’t, they just assume that everything will be OK when they click on the ‘confirm’ or ‘accept’ button. Many buyers and sellers who get Online Conveyancing Quotes from Solicitors then find that their final bill includes all sorts...

Jul 01
2011

Land Registry abandons plans for e-conveyancing

The Land Registry has just announced that it will abandon plans for the introduction of electronic land transfers. Introducing his annual report on the work of the Registry published yesterday, 30 June 2011, Malcolm Dawson, Chief Land Registrar and Chief Executive said: “Over a six year period we have invested £41 million to successfully deliver a suite of e-services including...