Conveyancing

Hello, can anyone recommend a good conveyancer in Forest Hill?

Hi, Armstrong and Co on Dartmouth Road are very good. If you’d look at someone out of the area, The Partnership in Guildford are excellent, very proactive.

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Many years ago I had a quote from Armstrong & Co but I didn’t use them because their charge was calculated as a percentage of the sale price of the property, plus disbursements.

Thanks, that’s helpful. Who did you use in the end?

Hi London
I’m not sure that my post is necessarily helpful because I don’t know if Armstrong still use the percentage method; and I’m also not sure how Linskills (Liverpool) operate these days.
I simply did an online search for conveyancing and Linskills, along with many others, offered a fixed fee (as opposed to a percentage), which more than halved my bill.

It prompted me question it so thanks for the tip.
Fixed fee sounds the way to go.

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I used The Partnership when selling my house in Honor Oak. They were great - particularly their online reporting and form submission system

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This was what attracted me to The Partnership, but I found it clunky and poorly designed. Buying my place also took FOREVER and I had to chase them a lot on a number of occasions.

Thank you very much all.
Some helpful insight here.

I am a property solicitor and you generally get what you pay for especially with fixed fees. Cheap is not always the best especially if you are buying and selling when a proactive solicitor can make all the difference in keeping the chain together. If time is not an issue and you do not mind not always being able to speak to someone then a fixed fee may be okay. Also check the fixed fee as sometimes there are extras that are not always apparent – mainly with leasehold where there are extra charges for a licence to assign etc. Some regional firms outside London are good and more reasonable as they have lower overheads.

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When I used Armstrong & Co they charged me a fixed fee. You can always ask for a fixed fee whatever Solicitors say to you. They should know what the disbursements are going to be. The completion always takes place wherever the deeds are held. This is the only variable, which may involve travel to another office.

Sorry, I may have given a bit of a bum-steer when I referred to fixed fees.
What I meant was a fee which wasn’t determined as a percentage of the property’s value, a-la estate agent’s fee.
The disbursements charged by an online conveyancer or local solicitor would generally be roughly the same.
My thing is I don’t get why [most] estate agents and [some] solicitors set their fees as if they were charging a tax, when they’re doing the roughly the same job whether selling a house for £600k or one for £1.6M but, at a 1.25% fee, their charge would be £7,500 or £20,000 respectively.

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Unlike estate agents solicitors compete against each other and a scale fee in the sum of 1.25% is almost unheard of. Higher value properties are usually associated with more demanding clients (who expect to be able to speak to you a number of times each day and that you will prioritise) and higher risks. A bit of a generalisation but my experience none the less.

I concur with @Chipcity. You rarely get good value from a cheap conveyancer, unless of course your purchase/sale is problem free. When we last bought/sold, we used a more expensive conveyancer which came highly recommended by two different friends. Their level of due diligence save us from a bad purchase in Streatham. I don’t think a volume low-fixed rate solicitor would have caught the problems which came up.

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Fair comment all round because we’re all talking from our own experiences; and, as Starman says, it could be worth spending the extra money for peace of mind.
What I said about the 1.25% estate agents fee was only to illustrate why percentage-based charges for professional services don’t make sense to me; and I didn’t mean to suggest that a solicitor would charge anywhere near that rate for conveyancing.
Anyway, back to the main point, which was the original poster asking for a recommendation and a swift and positive response from a local estate agent suggesting a local solicitor - then I threw a spanner in the works. Sorry about that.

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Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences.

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Ha!
Apologies for sharing mine.

I just completed on a sale using Glazer Delmar in Dulwich. They were excellent, made the process really smooth and were always easy to get hold of.