Moving house, whether buying your first home or moving along the property ladder, can be one of the most stressful situations we can experience. There are myriad details to be taken into account when buying a property, so it is essential to find the most experienced, competent and diligent legal advice on offer. Competition is fierce in the UK housing market, and for those requiring the services of a conveyancer, it can be a minefield choosing the right one. There are several overseeing bodies for Professional Conveyancers, so when something goes wrong it can be extremely confusing for many people to know where they should turn to for help.
Conveyancing Quality Scheme
Solicitors that specialise in Conveyancing are usually members of the CQS – Conveyancing Quality Scheme. As they are professionals, they have to meet certain standards, which means that if they fail in their duty to provide that adequate service, you may need to enlist the help of a Professional Negligence solicitor.
If you are unsure as to whether or not your conveyancer is accountable for the problems you are experiencing, you can make enquiries online at the Legal Ombudsman website. They can advise you on whether or not you have received an adequate service when buying or selling a property. However, they cannot give you legal advice, nor can they help you to make a claim against a legal representative or service provider.
Making a Claim Against a Conveyancer
If the Legal Ombudsman agrees that you have received a sub-standard service and that you have suffered loss, stress or hardship as a result, then you may well have grounds to take legal action and make a claim for compensation. In this instance you would need the help of a Professional Negligence solicitor who specialises in claims against those working in the legal sector, and conveyancing in particular.
There are many issues that may arise in conveyancing that could potentially give you reason to make a claim, some of which are listed below:
- Titles not being investigated
- Restrictive covenants not looked at
- Rights of way being missed
- Building regulation certificates not present
- Land Registry failures
- Boundaries not properly defined
- Failure to remove a Registered Charge or Mortgage
- Failure to properly advise on the outcome of surveys or valuations
- Failing to pay off a mortgage on a sold property
Needless to say the above list is not exhaustive, so you should get in touch for expert advice if you think you may have any reason to make a claim for compensation. Here at Been Let Down, we have an expert team specialising in conveyancing negligence. Our advisors are on hand to help you to determine whether or not you have a claim for damages or compensation. With Been Let Downâ€™s service, all initial consultations are free of charge, with no obligation to pursue a claim. You simply fill in the initial enquiry form on our website or give us a call and let one of our experienced specialist solicitors call you back.
Conveyancing law is a highly specialised area; you need to know you are in reliable hands with an experienced professional negligence solicitor you can trust. Should you decide to pursue a claim, we can usually offer to take on your claim on a No Win No Fee basis (also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA). If your claim is successful, we will take a pre-agreed fee as payment. This success fee would be a previously agreed upon percentage of the eventual settlement. In the event that we are not successful, no charge will be levied. This is a good way of ensuring that you can seek recompense without any financial risk to yourself.
Time is of the essence with all legal matters, as strict time limits often apply on how long you have to begin your claim after negligence has occurred. Get in touch with our experts today by visiting our website, phoning or visiting our offices for a free no obligation consultation.