Whether you're a layman looking to understand your own transaction or a lawyer needing assistance with a client's conveyancing our step by step sale and purchase guides will lead you through the process while our mini guides will break the whole thing into manageable chunks and give a deep insight into the key issues and stages. Leasehold, freehold, unregistered, registered – we've got it all covered.
Need help with a remortgage or transfer of equity / deed of gift? Our guides will walk you through the process and highlight some of the common pitfalls. Mortgages and transfers can be very simple procedures but complex issues can sometimes arise and mistakes are easily made. These guides will help you deal with them.
So you want to have a go at your own conveyancing? First you should read about the risks, then if you're still happy to proceed, our guides will take you through each stage of the process telling you what to look out for and helping you avoid falling into expensive traps. Our subscription service will give you access to all of the documents you should need for your conveyancing and we can even supply you with the Land Registry Official Copies you'll need. Our general guides will cover all the obstacles you are likely to face and offer a practical solution. Have a look at our sale and purchase guides too.
A big part of the conveyancing process is the conveyancing searches. This section tells you all about them. What they are, how and when to order them and how to interpret the results. Each search has its own guide and you'll see they are separated into Standard (should be done in every case), Regional (area specific) and Optional (not essential but often useful tools for the would be purchaser). All buyers should beware that when you buy a property, the law assumes that you have seen the information that would have been revealed by searches whether or not you have actually carried them out, so you buy the property subject to the results.
Using a conveyancer to handle your conveyancing will greatly reduce the risk to you and sometimes, particularly if you are taking out a new mortgage, you will have no choice but to instruct a conveyancer. The good news is it doesn't have to break the bank. Get a free, instant quote here. We can also help with quick easy quotes for other moving related services.
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Our completion date for sale and purchase of a house was supposed to be last Friday 1 Aug. The sale went through ok and we handed in the keys to the estate agent at 1.30 pm, but the purchase completion never happened because there was a delay in transferring funds to vendor's solicitors bank on Fri PM. Thus, we were rendered homeless for the w/end. Our solicitor says it was because their bank had a query on the source of funds and they did not make this known until too late in the afternoon to complete on Friday. I suspect that our solicitor was a bit lax in following up with the bank in a timely fashion to expedite completion. Either way, it is us who have been made homeless and incurred extra expenses through the delay of purchase and inconvenience as well. While our solicitor has said forward receipts from expenses incurred, I do not believe their service has been at the level expected both now and at earlier points in the conveyancing process and feel let down. Who is likely to be liable in this case and what is my best course of action, as I still await news on Monday morning of completion?
Thanks for your suggestions.
Once the funds are placed in the banking system by your solicitors there is nothing further that can be done by them to control how quickly they reach their destination. If the bank held on to the money while carrying out checks it is unlikely they would have told the solicitors anything - if they suspect money laundering the law prevents them from disclosing those suspicions to anyone other than the appropriate authorities (such as SOCA). The best you can do is to check that the solicitors did put the funds in the banking system promptly after receipt. If so then they are probably not liable. As for the bank, they may compensate as a gesture of goodwill but since a CHAPS transfer is only guaranteed to arrive by close of business they are not strictly liable either.