When you want to buy or sell your property you will need to find a solicitor who
can help you with the conveyancing.
Conveyancing is the formality of registering the change of title passing from one
owner to another. You usually need a conveyancing solicitor to help you with this.
You'll not usually find a solicitor solely practicing in being a conveyancing solicitor
and it would also be unusual to find a complete firm of solicitors solely practicing
as conveyancing solicitors. Usually a legal practice is divided up between its component
departments and those departments will specialise in certain aspects of the law
such as Matrimonial Matters, Criminal and Corporate law etc. Most solicitors will
offer conveyancing services and you'll usually find that one or more particular
partners in the firm will be responsible for managing the conveyancing department
and overseeing the staff who work within that department.
Its not usual for a conveyancing solicitor to manage all aspects of the conveyancing
casework unless of course they are the sole worker in that department. It is normal
for the lower end of the casework to be handled by clerks and conveyancing assistants
and the department manager will review the files at critical and strategic stages
to ensure that all matters are progressing according to plan and that there will
be no unforeseen hiccups along the way.
Selecting A Conveyancing Solicitor
How you select a conveyancing solicitor or a firm of conveyancing solicitors is
up to you but some people like to shop around and get the best deal. It is not unheard
of for people to look for a cheap conveyancing solicitor, usually over the Internet
or by other methods.
Finding a cheap solicitor can be a stressful business using the Internet because
we've found that there are many businesses advertising their conveyancing services
and purporting to be a cheap conveyancing solicitor by stating that their fees will
be as low as £99.00. We find this practice to be a little unscrupulous as these
companies are hiding the fact that disbursements and similar charges will be added
to your quotation, which if considered and compared to other not so cheap quotations
you may receive, you'd likely find that most of the online companies are actually
quoting similar or marginally different prices for their conveyancing fees.
Obviously you don't just want a cheap conveyancing solicitor, you want a good conveyancing
Compare Conveyancing Solicitors
If you are getting quotations online from good comparison websites such as agentquote.co.uk
you should be able to look at customer reviews and star ratings from other people
who may have been looking for conveyancing solicitors in the past and managed to
find a cheap conveyancing solicitor through this site.
Are Cheap Conveyancing Solicitors Good Conveyancing Solicitors?
It was explained to us that usually you cannot find a firm of cheap conveyancing
solicitors south of Luton as premises rates and salaries for professionals all increase
greatly as you move closer to London and the Home Counties. It may therefore feel
a bit strange to have your conveyancing done by a conveyancing solicitor that is
based in Leeds if the property or properties being transacted on are resident in
Brighton. You'll find in this circumstance you would likely save hundreds of pounds
by engaging the online conveyancing solicitors as opposed to engaging a local one.
It's a pity that, because of Law Society Rules regarding conflicts of interest,
that the parties in a house buying and selling transaction could not all go to the
same solicitor and perhaps negotiate a discount based on that solicitor being able
to become the conveyancing solicitor for all parties but it is sensible to ensure
that a conflict does not arise and ensure everybody has their own independent solicitor
or licensed conveyancer.
Delays can take place and this usually occurs when one party of solicitors will
write to the other requesting or providing information and responses back from the
other party are delayed, whether deliberately because the solicitors have too much
work on or because perhaps mortgage arrangements have not yet been concluded by
a party, or because maybe a link in the sales chain is broken which could in effect
have the potential to collapse the chain.
In any event, your conveyancing solicitor will be able to undertake the conveyancing
paperwork and financial transacting on your behalf, regardless of whether you chose
the most expensive one or a cheap conveyancing solicitor, hopefully they will ensure
that matters are expedited swiftly and most efficiently through to conclusion.
The choice is yours but we think it really is worth shopping around for a cheap
conveyancing solicitor for the sake of a cost saving of perhaps five hundred pounds