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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but only up to a point !, 13 Sept. 2006
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The author details with all the essentials of the buying and selling process in a very readable and interesting way; giving good hypothetical situations (Mr Feather, et al.) of a typical purchasing process (and the not so typical).

The only real weakness of this book is in its somewhat idealistic approach with regard to the willingness of solicitors to deal with 'lay persons' and their unwillingness to accept undertakings from them which would normally be given by a solicitor. During the sale of my house, I had to engage a solicitor for the completion stages due to the Law Society sewing up the system so that solicitors aren't obliged to accept the word and undertaking of lay persons. Puts a bit of a spanner in the works - and adds to the cost !
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Initial post: 23 May 2011 18:03:04 BDT
Then the solicitor would possibly lose the purchase for hi/her client! Don't succumb to legal toerags.

Posted on 21 Jan 2012 17:11:21 GMT
It's not that the solicitor is "unwilling to accept undertakings'". A professional undertaking is just that - an undertaking by a professional, and in the case of solicitors it is indeminified by the Solicitors' Indemnity Fund. Licensed Conveyancers probably have their own version of indemnity. It is this guaranteed status that makes it possible for the other solicitor to accept it. There are advantages and disadvantages to doing your own conveyancing. This is one of the disadvantages.
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