My wife and I are selling our property in South London and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a risk of it being built land that was not decontaminated. Any local conveyancer would know this is not the case. For the life of me I don't know why the purchasers are using a national conveyancing firm as opposed to a conveyancing solicitor in South London. Having lived in South London for six years we know that this is a non issue. Should we contact our local Authority to seek confirmation need.
It sounds as though you may have a conveyancing lawyer currently acting for you. What do they say? You should check with your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out health insurance to cover that same ailment)
I used Arc property Solicitors a few years ago for my conveyancing in South London. Now, I need the files however the law firm has closed. What do I do?
Do call the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to help locate your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in South London of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously retained, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.
I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold issue on a house I have offered on a fortnight ago in what was supposed to be a straight forward, chain free conveyancing. South London is the location of the property. Can you offer any opinion?
Flying freeholds in South London are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside South London you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds thoroughly. Your lender may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in South London may determine that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold property.
Do I need to be suspicious about third parties that I am dealing with are suggesting a national conveyancing firm as opposed to a local South London conveyancing company?
As with lots of professional services, often input from connections can be very helpful. Yet there are many people with a vested interest in a conveyancing deal; estate agents, mortgage brokers and banks might all put forward solicitors to use. On occasion these lawyers might be known to one of the organisations as being good in their field, but occasionally there may be a commercial relationship behind the endorsement. You have the right to choose your preferred lawyer. You need to be aware that most lenders specify a panel list of solicitors you are obliged to use for the mortgage related work in your transaction.
I require the services of a lender panel solicitor in South London. Can you assist?
It is not clear why you need a South London panel solicitor but in any event, if you can not find one on our search tool you will need to speak directly to the lender to find out which solicitors in South London are on their panel . If you do find such a firm in South London not listed please direct them to our site to list. After all the cost is only one £1 a month