Conveyancing Ombudsman

Moving house, whether buying your first home or moving up the property ladder, can be one of life’s most stressful events. There are many details to be considered when buying a property, so it is essential to find the most experienced, competent, and diligent legal guidance you can find.

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. And if anything goes wrong during the sale or purchase process, it can be extremely confusing to know where to turn for help as there are several overseeing bodies for Professional Conveyancers.

What is the Conveyancing Quality Scheme?

Solicitors specialising in Conveyancing are typically members of the CQS – Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This means that as professionals, they must meet certain standards, including a duty to provide competent service; and so if that duty is breached, you should enlist the help of a Professional Negligence solicitor for advice.

What is a Legal Ombudsman?

If you are unsure whether your conveyancer is accountable for the problems you are experiencing, a good starting point is the Legal Ombudsman website. They will be able to advise on whether you have received an adequate service when buying or selling a property, effectively serving as a conveyancing ombudsman.

However, they cannot give you legal advice, nor can they help you to make a claim against a legal representative or service provider.

How do I make a claim against a conveyancing solicitor?

If the Legal Ombudsman agrees that you have received 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 will need the guidance of a Professional Negligence Solicitor who understand the conveyancing ombudsman process and specialises in claims against those 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

This list is by no means exhaustive, however, if you suspect you have a claim for compensation against a conveyancer, even if not listed above, speak to a member of our team for guidance. Here at Been Let Down, we have a dedicated and expert team focusing on cases of conveyancing negligence.

Our team of legal advisors are on hand to help you determine whether or not you have a claim for damages or compensation. With Been Let Down’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.

How do I find trusted help with my conveyancing claim?

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 percentage of the eventual settlement. In the event that we are not successful, no charge will be levied. This ensures that you can seek what you are owed without any financial risk to yourself.

Time is of the essence with your compensation claim; strict time limits apply from the date of your accident (or awareness of the damage caused to you), to when your claim is lodged with the court. Get in touch with our experts today by visiting our website, phoning, or visiting our offices for a free no obligation consultation.

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