Licensed conveyancers specialise in transfers of property or pieces of land from one person to another.
They must register with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. The Council makes sure conveyancers abide by professional codes of conduct and work in a competent manner.
Poor service is a broad concept that is likely to cover complaints that arise where a licensed conveyancer has done any of the following:
Negligence is when a licensed conveyancer either fails to work to the same standard that a reasonably competent licensed conveyancer normally would, or acts in a way that a reasonably competent licensed conveyancer wouldn't in the circumstances.
All licensed conveyancers must act according to their professional code of conduct. If they don't, they may have committed professional misconduct. For example, if your licensed conveyancer commits any one of the following acts then they may be guilty of professional misconduct:
Before you draft your initial letter, ensure you get the following:
When the licensed conveyancer receives your complaint, they must write to you within 7 days to acknowledge this. They must then send a full response within 28 days of the day you make the complaint. They must also keep you informed about the progress of your complaint.
After you've sent your letter, you should wait at least 8 weeks to give the licensed conveyancer time to respond.
If you don't receive a response after this period, or if you're not happy with their response, you can complain to the.
The Legal Ombudsman is the body responsible for dealing with complaints about poor service (which includes negligence). It can award up to £50,000 if the poor service has caused you loss.
It's also the place you should direct complaints about a licensed conveyancer's professional misconduct. The Legal Ombudsman will decide whether to notify the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.