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    • pithakos
    • By pithakos 5th Dec 17, 2:42 PM
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    Querying solicitor's fees
    • #1
    • 5th Dec 17, 2:42 PM
    Querying solicitor's fees 5th Dec 17 at 2:42 PM
    Hi all,

    We're wrapping things up with our solicitors over an abortive purchase; we also sold our flat through them and when we got the money transfer through, they'd taken nearly £1000 more than they should have.

    Upon being reminded of our no move-no fee guarantee, they agreed to refund everything but upon checking my account, they've only refunded the legal fees and VAT, not the Chancel Repair Indemnity Insurance they took out at a cost of £361.40. As I advised in my original email to them, they didn't ask for our consent to do this and purchased it well before we were exposed to this liability, so it was incorrect and premature. It also seems extremely high - I've seen quotes elsewhere for £20-100.

    Question is: can they charge us for this when they had plenty of time to advise of the cost and ask for our consent and failed to do so, and after they already agreed to a refund? I'm more than willing to take this to the highest levels as they have been terrible throughout.

    Thanks so much for any insight!
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    • paulpud
    • By paulpud 5th Dec 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 5th Dec 17, 4:09 PM
    • #2
    • 5th Dec 17, 4:09 PM
    I'm in the process of buying a house and the Chancel Repair Indemnity Insurance cost £20

    That does seem extortionate.
    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 5th Dec 17, 4:12 PM
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    • #3
    • 5th Dec 17, 4:12 PM
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    • 5th Dec 17, 4:12 PM
    No, they should not be making indemntiy purchases on your behalf without permission.

    There is initially a formal conversation to be had about why it might be necessary in the first place. Then, if it is necessary, whether you or the other party purchases it is up for negotiation.
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    • ThePants999
    • By ThePants999 5th Dec 17, 5:28 PM
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    • #4
    • 5th Dec 17, 5:28 PM
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    • 5th Dec 17, 5:28 PM
    Good Lord, that's ludicrously expensive. Was this house the only one with any potential liability or something!?
    • pithakos
    • By pithakos 6th Dec 17, 10:06 AM
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    • #5
    • 6th Dec 17, 10:06 AM
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    • 6th Dec 17, 10:06 AM
    Nope, it was a ground floor flat in a 6 flat block on a street of 6 flat blocks in London. No medieval churches within a 3 mile radius.

    Luckily, fingers crossed, he seems to have relented.
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