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Buyer & Seller - Same solicitor?

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  • Buyer & Seller - Same solicitor?

    A family member is interested in buying our house which is currently on the market. Is it possible to use the same solicitor or even the same solitors firm to speed up the process?

    thanks in advance

  • #2
    Personally I would use a different solicitor - at the end of the day, they are supposed to look out for your interests - if they represent the seller as well, there may be a potential conflict of interest.



    • #3
      Whether ot not the process would be speeded up by using the same solicitor - would not like to say. Regardless, checking land registry etc is always necessary and that is not a speedy task. Also consider if anything does go wrong - don't get on the wrong side of family for a week or two's extra wait. It is not worth it.
      Pinoso Property Property Murcia


      • #4
        I would suggest that you contact the Law Society (on 0207 242 1222) as there is clearly a risk of conflict of interest unless there is a 'Chinese Wall'. Check it out first!!! They can tell you whether it is permissable.


        • #5
          It may be possible depending on the relationship, but as suggested by Brian, not necessarily wise.

          Also, some lenders don't like the same solicitor acting for the seller as the buyer because they feel that their interests might be prejuduced.
          RICHARD WEBSTERwww.rwco.co.uk
          As a conveyancing solicitor I want to be helpful (England/Wales only) but can't accept liability for this.