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conveyancer negligence claims frequently asked questions

Each claim is different depending on the circumstances of the conveyancing negligence. As a general rule, your compensation level will be to try and put you back in the position you should have been in had the negligence never occurred.
To make a claim for conveyancing professional negligence, you must be in time, which is known as the ‘professional negligence limitation period’. Generally, if your solicitor has failed to perform to the professional standards required of them, and you have suffered damage or loss as a result, you have six years from the date of the negligence occurring. There can be exceptions to this time limit, for example if you were not aware of the negligence until a later date. However, it is important to seek legal advice as early as possible to avoid any issues with limitation dates.
Restrictive covenants put in place an agreement which requires the buyer of the property to refrain from a specific action, such as making drastic alterations to the property. This might leave you with a property you would not have purchased, had you previously been aware of such restrictions. A conveyancer missing this information would be grounds for a negligence claim.
If your purchase is leasehold, it is important that your solicitor or conveyancer establishes both the length of the lease, and the exact terms of it. Failing to do this may result in vast additional costs to you to re-negotiate the terms of the lease.
If the property is jointly owned, it is a legal requirement that permission to sell the property comes from all owners. If one or more people were not consulted, this could have serious consequences, including court proceedings being issued and complications over who has legal rights to the house.

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