Diary of a high street conveyancer; 20th September 2022

A week last Saturday, the King announced an additional Bank Holiday. My first thought was, “oh no – I have someone moving on that day”.

However, the property my client was selling was his late mother’s property and I knew it was empty, so changing the completion date was not going to be too tricky.

The buyer’s solicitor emailed me on the Monday morning and asked if they could complete on the Friday, and it was all agreed and noted accordingly that we would do so. That transaction was the only matter I had completing last week – or so I thought.

As soon as those who were planning to move the following week realised that there was a Bank Holiday, they decided to push for an earlier completion date to take advantage of the Bank Holiday. I am sure that this was an unintended consequence of the extra Bank Holiday, but it will be interesting to see the data from the Land Registry as to whether there was a spike at the end of last week.

It does, however, show – as I have previously said – that conveyancers do work for the benefit of our clients and will try and accommodate their wishes.

In the end , I have four additional moves on Friday – unexpected, but clearly possible. Everyone worked together (clients and other conveyancers) to make those moves possible. It can be done.

This is written by a real high street conveyancer who wishes to remain anonymous. Read more in Today’s Conveyancer every week.

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