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Choosing the right Conveyancing Solicitor

PUBLISHED: 17:56 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:43 28 February 2013

In the present uncertain property market, it is especially important to instruct a Conveyancing Solicitor who can successfully negotiate with the other parties to avoid any deals falling through.

Choosing the right Conveyancing Solicitor


Buying or selling your home can be one of the most important decisions you will have to make and equally one of the most stressful situations you will have to face. Finding an experienced and reliable Conveyancing Solicitor can help to ease the path and ensure that the transaction runs as smoothly as possible. In the present uncertain property market, it is especially important to instruct a Conveyancing Solicitor who can successfully negotiate with the other parties to avoid any deals falling through.


It is good to start with a firm with a broad base of expertise, so that you may receive advice also on areas of law complementary to Conveyancing transactions, but also with a department that specialises in Residential Conveyancing. This can help to ensure that the Solicitor dealing with your transaction has a wealth of experience in the type of work in which you require assistance.


A good Conveyancing Solicitor will have the following essential attributes:



  • Offer a Personalised Service


You want to know who will be handling your transaction and to meet them in order to have confidence that they will be acting in your best interests to progress your matter swiftly. You want to ensure that you fully understand the process and what it entails before it begins. You want to know that they will use all of their abilities to ensure that you receive the best quality service.



  • Deliver great value for money


It is not always best to use the cheapest firm. Some Conveyancing Solicitors who offer a cheap service can take longer than necessary to complete transactions. Think quality of service above quantity of cost. Beware that the headline prices quoted are not always as transparent as they seem and there can often be additional expenses to which your attention is not initially drawn.



  • Access to the latest technology


It is important that your Conveyancing Solicitor has access to the latest technology to provide a modern process and ensure that the transactions can progress as quickly as possible. This will in turn give them access to the most up to date sources of relevant information available.



  • Be regulated by the Law Society


Each Conveyancing Solicitor should be regulated by the Law Society. You can check for regulated Conveyancing Solicitors on the Law Societys website www.lawsociety.org.uk.


Choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor carefully can save you time and expense and finding a good Conveyancing Solicitor can allow you to relax and concentrate on packing boxes.



The advice in this feature has been provided by Christopher Debenham, Partner, Debenhams Ottaway Solicitors.


Debenhams Ottaway is a firm of solicitors that is devoted to the principles of excellent service, specialisation and a sense of community. We believe in looking at the complete legal needs of our clients and providing an all encompassing service to meet those needs. Our specialist Residential Property team provides the highest quality of advice and by taking a holistic approach they also identify other areas in which specialist advice may be needed. This ensures that all aspects of our clients' legal affairs are protected.

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