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Q. Should I use a local Brighton solicitor for my conveyancing, or can I use one out of area?

A. To be perfectly honest, these days it doesn’t really matter where your solicitor or conveyancer is based.

A more important point, I would suggest, is this. If you don’t have any particular preference as far as choice of solicitor in concerned – for example, if you’ve used one before - then whether you’re buying or selling, I would always go with the one recommended by your estate agent, irrespective of whether they are based in a little office in your local high street or on an industrial estate hundreds of miles away.

Ah yes, you may say, but surely, isn’t the agent just angling for a referral fee?

Well no, actually. Don’t get me wrong. He may well earn a referral fee - in fact, he almost certainly will - but this is no more than you would expect in any commercial relationship. Besides, the simple fact is that no agent is going to refer you to any old solicitor, simply on account of the referral fee involved. After all, it is far more important to him that your transaction should proceed quickly and smoothly to a successful conclusion so that he receives his commission. He’s hardly going to jeopardise that for the sake of £50 or £100! In any case, it is always infinitely better if the professional advisors involved in a transaction have an established working relationship with each other. This helps avoid all those unfortunate delays and misunderstandings which can otherwise happen all too easily.

Another advantage of going with the agent’s recommendation is that it enables the solicitor to get started straight away on all the necessary preparatory work – and the earlier, the better.

Ultimately, of course, it’s your choice. However, one final, very practical point I would make is this: you need to be sure that any solicitor you instruct will work on a fixed, no sale-no fee basis - and the simple fact is that they will be much more amenable to working on that kind of basis if they already have a close and mutually beneficial relationship with your agent!

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