Jarndyce v Jarndyce?

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11:23 AM, 7th January 2021
About 2 weeks ago

Jarndyce v Jarndyce?

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Jarndyce v Jarndyce?

Over the past 20 years of buying and selling houses, I’ve always tried to do my own conveyancing, unless a mortgage was involved. I do this to keep in close contact with the sale and because I tend to be far quicker and (dare I add) at least as efficient as most solicitors.

Recently, more and more firms have refused to deal with me, despite the fact that legally I am allowed to deal with my own conveyancing when buying or selling in my own name. The usual excuse is ‘money laundering’ despite there being numerous safeguards already in place to prevent this.

I am currently selling a flat. The Offer was accepted early in November. The Contract was sent out at once. Three weeks later, the seller’s solicitor decided to tell me her firm would not co-operate with me. I was forced to instruct my own solicitor (or lose the sale.)

This I did early in December. I also provided as many documents as possible to help speed up proceedings. I have yet to have even an acknowledgement from my solicitors despite a polite email from me. No letter of conditions, no request for a deposit for their work. Nothing.

Two months after the offer I have still to get off the ground. Hopeless. Which is why I intend to re-read Bleak House, by Dickins, and shake my head in disbelief at the case of Jarndyce v Jarndyce – a byword for interminable legal proceedings. Grrrr

James


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Judith Wordsworth

16:23 PM, 12th January 2021
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Ian Narbeth at 11/01/2021 - 15:33
Currently ID3 is sufficient for identify purposes.
The non solicitor conveyancer can always give their part if the signed contract to be held to order, and likewise any contractual deposit can be held by them as stakeholder, for no fee.
I have done my own conveyancing for 40+ years and tbh it is not the rocket scuence that conveyancing solicitors/licensed Conveyancers make it out to be.
It can be beneficial not being "on the roll" as one can talk to solicitors up and down the chain not just either side and have been able to sort numerous problems further up/down the chain.
Also it is financially a lot cheaper and quicker to do your own conveyancing.

For anyone looking into it I'd recommend Which's "How to do your own conveyancing". A brilliant book and reference source

James Noble

16:34 PM, 12th January 2021
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Judith Wordsworth at 12/01/2021 - 16:23
Agree with all you say - right down to starting with the book produced by Which. James

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