Buying house at mo, no mortgage straight cash purchase. We have been through all Money Laundering Checks and ID checks, searches done, fixture fittings etc.
Contracts drawn up ready to sign but Solicitor is insisting this can only be done in presence of their company during a face to face.
Now is this correct, I cant find any legal precedence that suggests this is a requirement. Our only issue is its a 400 mile round trip to do in one day and with school year coming to and end we have quiet a lot on regards school, plus work and having to relocate 2 businesses along with trying to sort out removals etc. In one day its not possible which leaves us with an overnight trip but then taking child form school missing his school end of term activities and need someone to look after our other child and 2 dogs. Already paying £000s in fees plus removal companies and dont want to waste more money on something not actually required.
Obviously my concern is Vendor wanted quick completion and solicitor now holding this up with this insistence that contracts will only be signed in their presence. He also wants another viewing done on property even though we have already liaised and sorted things out between us and the Vendor.
Anyone shed some light whether its just this solicitor been finicky or is their some legal precedence and we legally have to sign in front of conveyancing solicitor and undertake another viewing.
Thanks in advance :)