Tips for selecting a solicitor for small property development project?

Discussion in 'UK Finance' started by Ken H, Feb 27, 2007.

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    Ken H Guest

    I own a couple of flats in a converted building and now wish to sell
    them individually. There are many solicitors in the area who would be
    glad to draw up leases for me, but I want one who is experienced in
    this typed of work and will be frank about potential legal snags that
    I might encounter, either before or after the sales are completed. I
    am wary of the type of solicitor who fails to mention, or glosses over
    possible legal snags, for fear of putting me off the project and
    losing the business. Can anyone offer any tips on how to pick one that
    will be good for me in this respect? It needs to be one who I can
    phone up and get a quick response from too.

    I found one locally who specialises in property and he impressed me
    with his knowledge and ease-of-communication, but I also suspected him
    of being a 'glosser', so to speak. Perhaps I'm overly paranoid. I am
    new to this kind of project.

    It would be great if I could have some sort of agreement that I pay
    him for his work *after* the sales (or at least the first sale) is
    completed - so he would have a vested interest in making sure they get
    sold without any snags. It would also ease the financial burden on me
    prior to an actual sale. Would that be feasable? I realise this
    wouldn't protect me against after-sale snags though.

    How about the location of the chosen solicitor. Is it best to have one
    who is local, or is there an advantage in getting an out-of-town one,
    to minimise conflicts of interest?

    Thank you,

    Ken H
    Ken H, Feb 27, 2007
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    Roger Mills Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    I guess it's the same as selecting any type of tradesman - you can't beat
    personal recommendations. Do you know anyone else in your area who has
    recently sold similar property? If so, find out who they used and whether
    they were satisfied with the service provided.
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    Roger Mills, Feb 27, 2007
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