Advanced search want to visit Countrywide Property Lawyers and beat the Solicitor with a big shitting stick?

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KazzaRazza Mon 23-Apr-12 17:52:51

I am in the process of selling my house. I accepted the offer in the middle of January. My buyers are first time buyers and I am moving in with my parents until I find somewhere to buy, so only 2 people in the chain - simple you would think, if only.

My buyers opted to use Countrywide Property Lawyers and we are supposed to be exchanging today with completion set for Friday. A representative of CPL confirmed on Friday, by email, that all enquiries were answered and would be requesting the mortgage funds. We have now been advised by a different representative, as the one from Friday has swanned off on her holidays for a week, that they can't exchange today as they are not happy with the info supplied regarding an extension that was built 10 years ago (before I moved here and my Solicitor didn't have a problem with it when I bought the place), oh and they didn't request the mortgage funds on Friday.

CPL have had the paperwork for weeks. I have already moved my DD and animals to my parents and am currently surrounded by boxes as the removal firm are booked for Thursday.

So, my question is as above - AIBU to want to visit CPL and beat the Solicitor with a big shitty stick?

buckleymichael Fri 17-May-13 20:28:51

Never never use CPL, as Iv found to our cost.

Nelly000 Fri 17-May-13 20:36:42

Nope, don't care how bad they are, they can't be as bad as Latimer Lee who are acting for the people we're trying to buy off. Almost 15 wks since we made the offer and counting. No chain at either side. 8 weeks and counting to answer a query that arose on the searches.

Seriously OP, hope it gets sorted for you soon... It's horrible.

SybilRamkin Fri 17-May-13 21:03:38

Use a large, nail-studded stick.

Or alternatively disembowel them with a spoon.

Flossyfloof Fri 17-May-13 21:27:50

YA defninitely NBU. I made a complaint about them this week. Bloody cowboys.

Flossyfloof Fri 17-May-13 21:28:48

Mind you, my first solicitor is doing time for murder. There is one common factor...

Ladyflip Fri 17-May-13 21:29:47


I'm a solicitor and have done a lot of conveyancing. I almost refuse to act when I see them on the other side. Do not be convinced by your agent's spouting to use them. The agent is paid by CPL to use them.

ReindeerBollocks Fri 17-May-13 21:36:27

If they are really that bad can you not report the firm to the SRA?

My mum used a firm when selling her house that were diabolical, and literally a week or two after her sale completed (months after it should have done I may add) they were shut down by the SRA due to professional incompetence.

Please report them, they are disgracing a whole profession of good conveyancing solicitors.

Wallison Fri 17-May-13 21:38:44

Oh they are truly shit. And they are shit for the other side's solicitors as well. Don't imagine that just because you are a solicitor dealing with the file that you get preferential treatment - it's just the same call centre with no-one who makes decisions being contactable at all as it is for the customers. They are a fucking nightmare, as are all of these tick-boxy conveyancing by numbers call centre wide boys.

Wallison Fri 17-May-13 21:40:32

Just noticed that this is an old thread that's got bumped up. I'm sure the OP has moved now (probably only just) but hope things work out for you, buckleymichael.

Springforward Fri 17-May-13 21:48:09

I know it's an old thread but honestly, these people deserve it, 10 years ago they were the reason a 2-house chain I formed took 16 weeks to complete while I kipped on a relative's sofa, having moved from one end of the country to the other for work.

Nelly000 Fri 17-May-13 22:20:20

blush I didn't realise it was old. Oh the shame!

SerBrienne Fri 17-May-13 22:26:31

I wasn't that thrilled with them, I must say.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 17-May-13 22:57:49


Notorious wankers whether you deal with them in a professional or client based capacity.

LessMissAbs Sat 18-May-13 00:39:34

To be fair, your solicitors could have failed to provide the information which the buyer's solicitors have been asking for, and also overlooked it when you purchased. When you bought it, there should have been a letter of comfort provided by the Local Authority at least and possibly an insurance policy, though perhaps things have tightened up since then due to mortgage lenders being more strict.

But agreed, they are not the best.

CouthyMow Sat 18-May-13 01:26:33

Wouldn't a big SHITTY stick be better? (Shitty in the literal term of being covered in shit? Then not only is he getting beaten with a stick, he's getting covered in shit too..)

ilovechips Sat 18-May-13 07:47:57

Yanbu. Used them almost 10 years ago and can still remember my rage at their utter uselessness, an uncomplicated 3-property chain took 5 months to complete, and they charge more than others for their shitty services as well...

KenAdams Sat 18-May-13 08:11:03

Flossyfloof mine too! I wonder if its the same person! We lost out on a house because of him.

rundontwalk Sat 18-May-13 08:21:17

Used them once,never, never, NEVER again. A catalogue of errors (some huge), different person every time we rang, totallly unprofessional in all aspects of their service. Can you tell I wouldn't recommend them?!

Seabright Sat 18-May-13 08:24:22

CPL are NOT solicitors, that's one of the reasons that they are cheap. They have some Licenced Conveyancers working for them, but mainly, as far as I can tell, it's unqualified people that do most of the processing, with referrals to the Licenced Conveyancers every now and again.

When I know I have CPL on the other side I know I need to add at least £100 to my quote, to try and cover some of the extra work I will be doing to cover their inabilities. So my client ends up paying more, because the person on the other side choose to use a cheap firm which is paying a referral fee to the estate agent who talked the the other side into using them.

BTW, they are owned by the same business as the Mann & Co, Mann Countrywide and Gascoigne Pees estate agents, amongst others.

Fuckwittery Sat 18-May-13 08:56:53

what seabright said. YABU to beat the solicitor as its very likely to have been a paralegal doing the case work, maybe 1 solicitor supervising 10 people, beat the chief exec yes.

Seabright Sat 18-May-13 09:12:21

There will be NO solicitors there, not even supervising. CPL is a firm of Licenced Conveyancers, not solicitors. Solicitors cannot work for Licenced Conveyancers, they are regulated by a different body.

That's part of the reason CPL are cheap.

CheshireDing Sat 18-May-13 09:47:11

I know this is an old thread but needed to make my point anyway.

There are Solicitors working at CPL. I used to work there too, unfortunately when you have shit people at big companies everyone gets tarred with the same brush. I enjoyed working there.

The problem with conveyancing is also that you have to carry such a huge caseload it is extremely hard to respond to things in a timely manner.

I have definitely worked at worse companies.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 18-May-13 10:44:11

seabright there are definitely solicitors working at the firm. I know two solicitors personally who work there.

Fuckwittery Sat 18-May-13 23:53:12

Law soc says there 18 solicitors there which does not seem v many for a massive organisation

Mimisrevenge Sun 19-May-13 06:23:41

We used their mortgage services. Never again. They mis informed us over a number of things and we nearly lost the sale and purchase of our house. The day before exchange we were asked for an additional £11,000 to be produced within 24 hours. This was just one thing in a catalogue of errors. We were able to get the fee waived. Small mercy- I was 8 months pregnant at the time.

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