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The New Build Ticking Time Bomb

Most large developers of new build property actively look to steer buyers in the direction of a ‘friendly’ conveyancer.  This step is taken for several reasons mainly to do with the developer’s desire to exercise a degree of control over the buyer’s solicitor.  The influence exercised is discreet but there is no getting away from the fact is exists and raises serious professional issues in relation to conflict of interest and independence.  I wonder how many of these conveyancing firms report this situation in accordance with Chapter 10 (Solicitors Code 2011) obligations and or in accordance with COLP reporting requirements.
This situation has come more into focus with the recent uncovering of failures on the part of some of these firms to advise fully on the mechanics and long term consequences of rent review clauses contained in leases.  It is claimed that this failure is widespread and could result in a wave of professional negligence claims.
Many buyers of leasehold new build prop…