Important: The FAQs below were written and published before the introduction of the SRA Handbook on 6 October 2011, and may refer to regulatory material that is no longer in effect. Although they may still be relevant, these FAQs have not yet been reviewed in light of the wide-ranging regulatory changes implemented on 6 October. They will be reviewed and updated (or archived) in due course.

I am purchasing my neighbour's house, and they are purchasing mine. The solicitor, who neither of us has used before, says he cannot act for both of us. Is this correct?


A solicitor can only act for both parties to a conveyancing transaction if

  • the parties are connected or related in law, or
  • they are both established clients, or
  • the transaction is for less than £10,000, or
  • each client by chance went to a different office of the same law firm.

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