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Keeping all parties in the loop during conveyancing

Some legal service companies say it on their sites that CC'ing the buyer and/or the seller may help speed up the conveyancing process. I was just told by my solicitors that doing so 'could amount to a potential conflict of interest under the SRA Code of Conduct'. Is this actually the case, I wonder?

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  • housebuyer143
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    ivk said:
    Some legal service companies say it on their sites that CC'ing the buyer and/or the seller may help speed up the conveyancing process. I was just told by my solicitors that doing so 'could amount to a potential conflict of interest under the SRA Code of Conduct'. Is this actually the case, I wonder?

    If you mean your solicitor copying you in all emails then I think it's a good idea. Mine did just that and it made me process better.
  • MacPingu1986
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    I'm struggling to see how cc'ing principles (ie. Buyer & Seller) on emails between the solicitors creates a conflict of interest.
  • Jonboy_1984
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    Don’t forget they are working for both the buyer and any lender involved in the transaction.
  • ivk
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    Don’t forget they are working for both the buyer and any lender involved in the transaction.

    How can this arise a conflict of interest?
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    If by this it is meant that whilst acting for the seller, for example, the buyer is also CC’d in on all correspondence, then yes, this would be not only a conflict of interest but would also without question not be in the best interest of their own client. 
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  • I think getting your vendor's/buyer's mobile number really helps. Solicitors and EA's can tell you a load of nonsense. I've been involved with 4 house sales and 3 of them relied on speaking directly to the vendor/buyer. The other one I relied on the EA to do their job as they were fantastic.
  • annetheman
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    I’m hoping to follow this for more anecdotes. My seller’s EA has been copying me in to emails to my solicitor but NOT copying in their vendor and their solicitor, which I don’t mind but I’m sure they’re in another thread and if that’s easy enough for them to keep up, I’m not too bothered. 

    When I finally get my buyer, I’m not going to copy in my onward chain. But would appreciate keeping both buyer and their solicitor in cc. Added complication of shared ownership but won’t bother cc’ing the Housing Association. 


    I guess I can see the benefits and drawbacks depending on your position. What is your preference? 
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  • housebuyer143
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    edited 9 February at 6:57AM
    I’m hoping to follow this for more anecdotes. My seller’s EA has been copying me in to emails to my solicitor but NOT copying in their vendor and their solicitor, which I don’t mind but I’m sure they’re in another thread and if that’s easy enough for them to keep up, I’m not too bothered. 

    When I finally get my buyer, I’m not going to copy in my onward chain. But would appreciate keeping both buyer and their solicitor in cc. Added complication of shared ownership but won’t bother cc’ing the Housing Association. 


    I guess I can see the benefits and drawbacks depending on your position. What is your preference? 
    They can't copy in the seller on emails to your solicitor as it's a beach of GDPR if it contains your information. 
    My solicitor copied me in on emails she sent to the buyers solicitors but you will never have the sellers solicitor copy you in - you are not their client. 
  • TBG01
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    I think getting your vendor's/buyer's mobile number really helps. Solicitors and EA's can tell you a load of nonsense. I've been involved with 4 house sales and 3 of them relied on speaking directly to the vendor/buyer. The other one I relied on the EA to do their job as they were fantastic.

    This only pays of if the other side is being honest though.

    It won't be accepted because seemingly the narrative on here is that all delays are down to the Solicitors, but until you work in Conveyancing you won't realise just how much time wasted and delays are down to clients.

    That same client saying to you, 'Oh no, I'll chase my solicitor. I wan't to complete ASAP', is sitting on retuning documents or telling us 'Hold of doing anything I'm looking at another property'.

    Now imagine if we relayed that message on? Do you think our client would be happy or do you think there would just be as many threads on here complaining about it as there is threads from people asking if the whole Conveyancing process can be changed because they don't feel like following what's been asked of them.

    But of course it's the Solicitors that are the disruptive ones.




  • annetheman
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    I’m hoping to follow this for more anecdotes. My seller’s EA has been copying me in to emails to my solicitor but NOT copying in their vendor and their solicitor, which I don’t mind but I’m sure they’re in another thread and if that’s easy enough for them to keep up, I’m not too bothered. 

    When I finally get my buyer, I’m not going to copy in my onward chain. But would appreciate keeping both buyer and their solicitor in cc. Added complication of shared ownership but won’t bother cc’ing the Housing Association. 


    I guess I can see the benefits and drawbacks depending on your position. What is your preference? 
    They can't copy in the seller on emails to your solicitor as it's a beach of GDPR if it contains your information. 
    My solicitor copied me in on emails she sent to the buyers solicitors but you will never have the sellers solicitor copy you in - you are not their client. 
    Considered but they have sent me their PI in other ways already eg the memorandum of sale that has the seller and solicitors full names and emails. I just thought there are things they’d rather not discuss with both parties (eg my seller saying “why are they taking so long?!” Because they want to complete in 2 months from offer!)
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